Xiaomi will supposedly ditch Qualcomm and MediaTek for its own Pinecone processors soon

Xiaomi will supposedly ditch Qualcomm and MediaTek for its own Pinecone processors soon
The debate between Android and iOS is one of the most heated ones in all of the tech industry, and whatever your opinion is on the matter, there's one advantage that you have to give to Apple - it's tight-nit integration between both hardware and software. Android's open source nature does allow for a much wider array of choice in regards to hardware availability, but it also means that the operating system is running on tons of different processing configurations. Qualcomm and MediaTek are two of the most popular smartphone CPU makers that exist right now, and while their processing packages continue to become better optimized with Android as time goes on, a company being able to create its own silicon to work just the way that it wants can offer a lot of benefits as seen with Apple's in-house A10 chipset that's present on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

We spotted a rumor back in January that Xiaomi's upcoming Mi 6 would be one of the first smartphones to utilize Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset, and while we might still see a variant of the smartphone that's powered by Qualcomm silicon, a new report from The Wall Street Journal indicates that Xiaomi will soon be ditching Qualcomm and MediaTek's processors in favor of their own chipset. Xiaomi's processor is currently codenamed as "Pinecone", and it's being reported that it will be released "within a month." If accurate, this timeframe means that the release of the Pinecone would line up nicely with the Mi 6's debut, but other sources indicate that the Mi 5C would be the first phone to utilize the Pinecone chipset.


Talks of Xiaomi working on their own processor first came up back in 2015, and although this may not sound like the most exciting news at the moment, it could prove to be a huge deal for the company. If successful, Xiaomi would be just the second China-based smartphone company to be manufacturing and producing its own processing tech (Huawei being the other one).

There's still no way of knowing how Xiaomi's in-house silicon will compare to the likes of what Qualcomm and MediaTek are currently producing, but what we do know is that it'll likely benefit the company from a financial perspective. Having one less third-party entity to rely on will undoubtedly save Xiaomi both time and money, and this could potentially result in cheaper smartphones as time goes on. Xiaomi is still one of the younger names in the smartphone landscape, but a move like this would send a big message to the industry that the company is force to be reckoned with.

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16 Comments

1. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Huawei chip are a joke compared to similar qualcomm or exynos. So good luck with thats Xiaomi.

2. torr310

Posts: 1703; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Your joke isn't funny though...

3. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Do we even have any numbers on that?

5. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 930; Member since: May 07, 2014

You must be high or something

6. qolamreza

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

Kirin 960 has the same cpu performance as sd 835 according to Geekbench... And it's already here in mate 9 , and no need to wait for it until samsung use 835 and maybe later give some to other companies.

7. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Huawei usually gets criticized for their sub par GPU performance, their CPU performance is fine

8. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

Kirin chips are plenty powerful on the CPU side, but their graphics power is a "bit" weaker than the competition. The Kirin 950 was a very powerful CPU, but they didn't go with the highest end GPU, the Mali T880MP12, instead they went for the Mali T880MP4. Hoping the Mali-G71 would finally make their graphical power competitive.

11. KingSam

Posts: 1505; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

The only thing weak about Huawei's soc's are the GPU they always choose not no use the full core count, mp8 vs mp12 etc. CPU wise they are monsters.

16. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

It's cute that you think that the Kirin 960 is any good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpoNRdMgUhs

4. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

If this would mean that Xiaomi phones will receive OS updates promptly after release, as its' their own chips in the device, that would be a game changer and I'd consider getting their devices in the future. I don't like how Qualcomm and MediaTek stop caring about older chips, thus OS updates are less likely to be pushed out to devices that are 2+ years old.

9. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Xiaomi have two Roms (China and Global) in those we have (stable and beta) . Beta ROM of both China and Global updated weekly (OTA) EX. China beta ROM receives update every Friday and Global beta ROM receives update every Monday .MIUI is heavily coded Android based operating system that needs at least 3GB ram to run well. So Xiaomi knows which phone has to be updated without interfering performance ( redmi 1s ($90 phone released in 2014) runs smoothly in kitkat well compared to moto G2 in MM). also Xiaomi's beta ROM are first to receive android security updates I am using 20 Jan 2017 and runs Jan security and 9 Feb another one already given OTA but I have not updated , probably would have Feb security update. There are more than 1000software engineers working in miui alone to this happen every week and Xiaomi MiUi supports more than 400 smartphones . MIUI may feel bit copycat of iOS but it is gem once you used to it you will never regret . Also many blame Xiaomi for copying apple ,but almost every new features of iOS is already present in MIUI two years back running very well. My phone is Xiaomi Mi3 released in 2013 October based on 4.3 jellybean ,MIUI 5 and now my phone is running 6.0.1 MM based on MIUI 8 . THEY skipped entire lollipop update for all smartphones because of instability in Lollipop once mm released I got it within 4months through beta

10. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

They update MIUI 50weeks per year through beta, 2 weeks they won't because of Chinese Spring festival where there is 10 days of holiday in China . Late Jan to early February.

12. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Over sensationalist title - just because Xiaomi is going to use its own SOC on some devices doesn't mean that they are going to 'ditch' Qualxomm. Huawei and Samsung both use their own processors but they still use Qualcomm on some devices too.

13. avinash22i

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

I bet the fact that they cant sell MEDIATEK based phones in INDIA which is their second largest market after china, so till now every phone that they released in CHINA with a MEDIATEK chip set needs to changed to a Qualcomm chip set phone (which obviously costs more) when they want to release the same phone in INDIA. It might have been a huge headache for them, and now will be glad to release a single CHIPSET model in both CHINA and INDIA their two biggest markets.

14. yalokiy

Posts: 1113; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Even companies that produce their own SoCs don't ditch Qualcomm and MediaTek. Don't see Xiaomi doing it either. Just another clickbait article.

15. Dibyajyoti

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

It will help Xiaomi to lunch a phone in India with the same chipset the china version has. For some patent issue Xiaomi is unable to release MEDIATEK phones in India so every time they lunch a phone with snapdragon in India. In china it is losing its spot but in India its like a giant. So they must be focusing on India.

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