Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is looking to have more control over its own hardware. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the company is looking to move away from Qualcomm as its primary chip provider and start developing its own smartphone processors. The report cites sources familiar with the matter who says Xiaomi is planning to release its new processor, allegedly code-named “Pinecone”, within a month.
In developing its own chips, Xiaomi hopes to join the ranks of Samsung, Apple, and fellow smartphone compatriots at Huawei. Those companies successfully use the autonomy of developing its own chipsets to better design hardware and software experiences, while also further locking down its own supply chain for key hardware components.
According to ars Technica, Xiaomi paid $15 million to acquire mobile processor technology from Datang subsidiary Leadcore Techology Ltd. The deal was made via Beijing Pinecone Electronics, a Xiaomi-linked private entity back in 2014.
Xiaomi isn’t planning to attend Mobile World Congress (MWC) at the end of the month, so we’ll have to wait and see for an official announcement from the company for more details on its future plans.