Xiaomi will supposedly ditch Qualcomm and MediaTek for its own Pinecone processors soon
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.We spotted a rumor back in January that
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.