We only recently reported that Google is working on its own smartphone chip, but it looks like the company isn’t the only one in the Android world that wants to go independent. A new report from DigiTimes (via Android Authority) claims that Xiaomi and Oppo are working on their own 5G compatible chips.
The publication writes that the two manufacturers plan to launch their processors between late 2021 and early 2022, citing industry sources in Taiwan. The chips are said to be compatible with 5G sub-6Ghz networks, but little has been revealed about potentially upcoming products. It looks like independent semiconductor company Unisoc also wants to launch their own SoC around this time, so we could be about to see a lot of movement in the market.
Xiaomi teased a new chip ahead of its Mi 11 Ultra reveal, but it turned out to be nothing more than an imaging processor, the first it has created since 2017 – which is still an impressive technical feat. self. Overall, internal chips are an emerging trend that Apple and Samsung first started with A-chips and Exynos sets, and it looks like more and more manufacturers are following suit.
Xiaomi, Oppo and other Chinese companies are probably particularly interested in independent access to chips, as Huawei’s dire situation has likely caused them to question their supply chains.