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Xiaomi, Oppo working on 5G chips, launching in late 2021

Xiaomi and Oppo are reportedly planning to customize 5G chipsets. The two Chinese companies plan to launch its less than 6GHz 5G chip by 2021 by the end of 2022, according to a Digitimes report. Xiaomi and Oppo will compete with Qualcomm and MediaTek, the world’s largest mobile chip manufacturers.

The report adds that Unisoc is also joining the race with its 5G chip and Xiaomi and Oppo. Digitimes cited industrial sources in Taiwan in the recent construction of a 5G chip by Chinese smartphone products. Nothing much more is revealed about the custom chips from Xiaomi, Oppo and Unisoc. But with the launch timeline not too far away we may actually be seeing 5G chips from Xiaomi and Oppo. This will make the two companies less dependent on chip makers Qualcomm and MediaTek.

The report comes shortly after Xiaomi mocked the new chip before the launch of the Mi 11 Ultra. It is not a mobile processor but an image processing processor. This is also the first time it has been created since 2017 when it started releasing its first chipset, the Sgege S1. The Surge S1 is equipped with Cortex-A53 processing cores, four closed at 2.2GHz and four at 1.4GHz. Surge S1 uses quad-core Mali-T860 to get graphics.

Xiaomi and Oppo who are preparing their 5G chips can also keep companies ready for Huawei’s situation due to US restrictions. Huawei has had to stop making its Kirin chipsets from TSMC due to restrictions imposed by the US government. The news also comes between China which is expanding its semiconductor development and therefore has become more dependent on other companies.

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