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When Samsung is busy hoarding processors just to leave competitors stuck, Xiaomi has decided to do more than just that as they have just launched their very own processor. It seems like the competitors Samsung want to leave stuck, are looking to move on.
While a lot of other Phone makers still depend on the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Xiaomi announced the much-anticipated Surge S1, the first SoC (system-on-chip) it has built with Beijing Pinecone Electronics, at a press event.
The Surge S1 is a 64-bit capable, oct-core mobile processor, which comes coupled with quad-core Mali-T860 GPU. Xiaomi is also marketing the Surge S1 as a mobile processor that offers “upgradable baseband” with support for VoLTE (voice over LTE) HD calls. Other features of the Surge S1 include improved security against fraudulent base stations, as well as improved elimination of static and background noise.
In comparison to Snapdragon, The Snapdragon central processing unit (CPU) uses the ARM RISC instruction set, and a single SoC may include multiple CPU cores, a graphics processing unit (GPU), a wireless modem, and other software and hardware to support a smartphone’s global positioning system (GPS), camera, gesture recognition and video.
Snapdragon semiconductors are embedded in devices of various systems, including Google Android mobile and Windows Phone devices.
Well, we’re here to celebrate the Surge S1, not the Snapdragon.
According to Lei Jun, CEO and co-founder of Xiaomi said the company realized long ago that to achieve its “long-term objectives, it would have to combine the development of hardware and software technologies, especially at the chipset level.”
I believe this is one of the best moves Xiaomi could ever take. It would help reduce cost of production of a unit of smartphone, because I’m pretty sure a whole lot of money is being paid for using those third party processors.
The scenario can be likened to a factory owner who does not have to buy raw materials but grows them himself. This is Xiaomi, and they have just opened the door to getting a whole lot of profit with just one move.