Xiaomi Rumored to Feature Its Own SoC in “Meri”
China’s biggest OEM — Xiaomi, is rumored to use their own in-house SoC in its upcoming phone models. In-house chips will reportedly be used in lower-priced devices in the last two-quarters of 2017, which sound like good testing platforms for the OEM before it moves on to higher performance devices.
This move is not entirely unexpected, as the Redmi producer planned to join the SoC market for quite some time now. First mentions about it surfaced two years ago when a company called Beijing Pinecone Electronics owned by Xiaomi signed an agreement with Leadcore Technology Ltd. That deal was about designing 4G multiple mode chips.
News about the possible use of the chips was published on Chinese microblogging site Weibo. The first device with an in-house chip will reportedly be the Xiaomi Meri. AnTuTu screenshots from the device point that the phone and the SoC will use a Mali-T860 GPU and come with a 5.46″ Full HD screen. The rest of the spec sheet is still a riddle.
Seems like this news is quite bad for two of the biggest SoC makers in the market currently, Qualcomm and MediaTek, as they were delivering chips for Xiaomi for the last couple of years. It’s a big thing as the Chinese OEM sold over 10 million devices in Q2 2016. We hope that Xiaomi will maintain good GPL practices and will release the mandated source for its in-house chip.
What do you think about this move? Would you get a device with a brand new SoC? Let us know in the comments below!Source: Gizmochina