Xiaomi had become the fifth mobile chipset manufacturer this year upon the launch of their Surge S1 chipset. The Surge S1 is composed of an octa-core processor which is split into two quad-core clusters; One cluster of ARM Cortex-A53 cores is clocked @2.2GHz and the other cluster of Cortex-A53 cores is clocked @1.4GHz. Coupled with a Mali-T860 MP4 GPU, the layout of the chipset is very reminiscent of Qualcomm’s recent 62* series chipsets which are found in mid-range handsets.
The company’s Mi 5c was the first handset to feature the Surge S1 and now it seems that the company might have found another customer, HMD Global. HMD is the Finnish company which has bought the rights to maintain the NOKIA brand in the smartphone space. Now according to an article over at PhoneArena, there are rumours that HMD has entered an agreement with Xiaomi to use their chipsets in future NOKIA handsets. These would not be their flagship models but seeing the specifications on offer, definitely not restricted to entry-level handsets either.
At this time it is not clear whether these handsets would be exclusive to China or whether they will be sold globally. This is primarily because of Xioami having not released the Mi 5c in many parts of the world and the lack of any concrete information regarding the chipsets compatibility with various LTE bands. This will be especially tricky when looking at nations like the US because of the intricacies involved in localising a handset to the market.
On the whole, this can be interpreted as quite a breakthrough as this makes Xiaomi one of the few chipset manufacturers whose chips are being used by third-parties like Samsung’s Exynos. This also puts more pressure on brands like Qualcomm and MediaTek who are fabless chip designers and can be bypassed by brands with enough in-house expertise to manufacture their own chips.
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