Xiaomi and Nokia have reportedly been in talks over a deal that would enhance the former’s ambitious efforts of breaking into the international market such as the U.S.
Apparently, the two will be working together in a deal that will see Xiaomi use some of Nokia’s patents in a bid to penetrate the international market, something that has been a huge hindrance in the company’s desire to surpass the likes of Samsung and Apple in the smartphone business. As of yesterday, the two are said to have signed a deal, but the details of this deal remain unclear at the moment, but more will be made public in the near future.
Still, it hasn’t taken long for some of the details of this deal to come out, with sources in China claiming that Xiaomi and Nokia will be working together on a future Nokia phone. According to the report, the Finnish company, which is now run by HMD Global, will reportedly turn to Xiaomi’s Surge S1 processor in its upcoming phone.
So far, there’s no mention of the phone in question, but lately, we’ve heard reports that the tech giant is planning to release a series of phones that include the Nokia 2, Nokia 7 and Nokia 8. The last two are midrangers while the Nokia 2 would be a budget phone. Given that the Surge S1 processor is a midranger that has already appeared on the Xiaomi Mi 5C, it’s possible that the Nokia 7 or even Nokia 8 could be the phone in question here.
This is just a rumor and nothing is confirmed yet, but given that the Surge S1 has proven to be a top performer, even better than the likes of Snapdragon 625, it makes sense that the Nokia 7 or Nokia 8 could be the phone to use this chipset.
The Surge S1 is an octa-core SoC with a maximum clock speed of 2.2GHz and is paired with a Mali-T860 GPU, promising some good performance for a phone that should be slightly above the Nokia 6, which has a Snapdragon 430 SoC on board.