The sales numbers are drastically large for Xiaomi and making use of their huge customer base, the company is planning to build its own SoC so as to compete with Qualcomm Snapdragon.
With the Mediatek chipset offering inferior performance, of late Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset is getting a monopoly in the segment. The system on chip offers great performance, has reliable longterm durability and delivers what the smartphone needs. However, the cost of buying and using their chips is increasing on a rapid pace. There has been plenty of delivery issues as well because the flagship SoC is always in demand.
Companies like LG, Samsung, Motorola, Huawei among other top manufacturers are forced to wait for Qualcomm until they are done manufacturing the chipsets. In order to bring things under control, Xiaomi is reportedly working on their own processor. It will enable the brand to price their devices more competitively than they already are. Samsung uses its Exynos processor in most of the devices. The company is going with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip for their flagship Galaxy S8 model, if we are to believe recent rumors.
They still have their Exynos processor to go back to while Huawei uses Kirin processor in some of their smartphones including the Mate 9. The SoC according to Huawei has allowed them to create artificial intelligence technology for their devices. The particular Kirin processor can continue to record and monitor what users use most of the time. It allows them to use all the hardware available so as to redirect the capacity to deliver what individual user needs. The concept is very futuristic at the moment but it won’t be long before other manufacturers choose to make their hardware intelligent. Qualcomm may or may not have such plans for Snapdragon that deters phone companies from moving further.
Xiaomi is a pretty new entrant in the world of processor and doesn’t have much experience in manufacturing them. Partnering with a company like Samsung or someone with proven expertise would seem a much better proposition. We have to wait and see if the Xiaomi SoC performs as intended, especially better that Qualcomm Snapdragon series so that it could convince other manufacturers to buy the processor from them. The smartphone manufacturer recently announced that their sales are well beyond expected numbers and they won’t reveal sale statistics during the fiscal meet. It confirms that Xiaomi is financially stable and has the investment to make this big leap into a new sector.