Xiaomi to introduce 'Rifle' mobile application processor in May

Word that Xiaomi plans to turn to chipmaking in its effort to become a maker of everything "consumer tech"-related has been around for a long while. Today, we get to add another brink in the short, but evident rumor chain with news that the company will introduce its first in-house developed mobile application processor – dubbed Rifle – at an event in May. The information was shared to Korea Times by an official at a component partner of Xiaomi.

The 'Rifle' chip will be made using stock ARM CPU core designs as its foundating – not unlike other current processors like the Samsung Exynos 8890 working in the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. Unlike that one, though, 'Rifle' doesn't target the premium segment, but rather that of affordable mid-range devices. Citing unnamed "stock market analysts," Korea Times claims that the smartphone industry is shifting towards budget models that offer more bang for the buck in terms of hardware and software quality – indeed, a trend we have observed over the past six to twelve months. This shift suggests that demand for low-cost processors will increase and remain stable in the years ahead, which means not just Xiaomi, but also the likes of Lenovo, ZTE, and LG are eyeing this product category in hopes to capitalize.

In addition to selling its processors, Xiaomi will include them in its smartphones, tablets, and smart television sets to cut costs and sever its reliance on chip suppliers like Qualcomm and MediaTek, whose silicon has found its way in nearly all Xiaomi smart devices to date.

According to the official, Xiaomi's chip and other developments like it could challenge Qualcomm's stronghold on the application processor market in China, specifically that for cost-effective solutions. The company could be pressured to cut the patent royalty rates it collects from its customers so it can hold onto its market share.

source: Korea Times



1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Dang...xiaomi going out. What happened to that other chip set in one of xiaomi devices? Leadcon some thing like that

2. WPX00

Posts: 513; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

The 8890 doesn't use stock ARM cores, it uses custom Samsung Exynos M1 cores.

3. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

4 x M1 + 4 x A53 (stock)

6. FluffyBled unregistered

Still just saying that it uses stock cores (even though that's true) is quite wrong!

4. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Lol..Devices which use this rifle soc will be sold only in countries where copyright and patent laws are weak or non existent.

5. Guaire

Posts: 897; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Anything weaker than Helio X20 must be implemented on ultra-low priced Xiaomi phones. LeEco already has $170 Helio X20 handsets with great specs. Xiaomi has $155 Redmi Note 3 with Snapdragon 650. There was quadcore and octacore Cortex-A53 chips at Leadcore's 2016 roadmap. Assuming it's gonna be an octa A53, a Xiaomi device which contains it likely gonna be cheaper than Redmi 3.

7. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Please tell me where I can get a Snapdragon 650 Redmi Note 3 pro for $155.

8. sabkepitaji

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Actually it's avaliable in India as well. The 2GB/16 GB version costs INR 9999 which roughly translates to about 155$

9. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

I believe it's selling in China for 899 RMB if I am not mistaken, which is roughly a little less than 150USD

10. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Their skin doesn't seem appealing. Most people prefer Xiaomi because of MIUI as well.

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