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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 gets a customer

by on09 June 2015

Xiaomi not worried by the fire breathing dragon rumours

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm whose Snapdragon 810 which has not been doing so well when it comes to customers, or heating has found a customer for its 820 model.

Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi wants the Snapdragon 820 under the bonnet of a 6-inch version of the Mi5, to be called Xiaomi Mi5 Plus, which will also have the latest Snapdragon chipset.

The two phones (Mi5 and Mi5 Plus) are going to be among the first devices to be powered by Qualcomm's upcoming flagship chipset – the Snapdragon 820. We assume that it has overcome the overheating issues that bugged the 810.

The new snapdragon chipset uses the 14nm FinFET process, and will reportedly start shipping later this year. If Xiaomi does release Mi5 and Mi5 Plus, both devices could well rival the Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in China, especially given Xiaomi's identity as a rising "China's Apple." Given that Apple gear is already made in China we would have thought it would be better to dub Xiaomi as China's second Apple.

If these it is all true then Qualcomm could get some ground back which it lost to Samsung in January 2015 when the 810 had overheating problems. And, as a result, Samsung pulled out of using Snapdragon 810 for its soon-to-be released flagship, the Galaxy S6, instead opting for its own Exynos 7420 processor.

Qualcomm recently provided guidance on how rapidly smartphones have penetrated the market. The future is mobile (shipments of more than 8.5 billion cumulative smartphone units are forecast between 2015 and 2019).

The company said that the smartphone technology is expanding its reach in an unmatched scale into a wide spectrum of sectors and products such as automotive, mobile computing, smart cities, healthcare, wearables, smart homes, etc. The company is fueling major technology shifts in the industry by anticipating the big challenges and investing early on to develop solutions.

Last modified on 09 June 2015
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