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Xiaomi Meri Rumoured to Feature In-House Processor

by Habeeb Onawole 5

Early this year, a source reported that Xiaomi was planning to use in-house chips in their smartphones later this year. The chips will reportedly be used in lower-priced phones released in the second half of the year.

This move has actually been in the works for a while. Back in 2014 a company called Beijing Pinecone Electronics which is controlled by Xiaomi signed an agreement with Chinese chip designer Leadcore Technology Ltd, a subsidiary of state backed Datang Telecom, to jointly design 4G multiple mode chips.

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Weibo account @Science and Technology suspects the unknown chip in the Xiaomi Meri is one of the chips from the company. An information page from the phone’s Antutu result also shows the processor has a Mali-T860 GPU and that the Meri has a 5.46” 1080p screen. Another image which shows the EXIF data of a picture taken with the phone’s camera also has the word PINECONE.

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The move by Xiaomi to start using their own processors will come as bad news for chip-makers Qualcomm and Mediatek who supply the tech giant with chips for all its phones. You can imagine how much money the company would have saved if the best seller, the Redmi Note 3 had a Xiaomi chip.

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  • Jh1

    I’m looking forward to seeing this phone revealed. Throw in a 4000mah battery, and good camera, and I’d be very interested.

  • This has a 860MP4 which should prove a very good solution for gamers, as this will run most games at highest settings just fine.
    I`m starting to like this new Xiaomi SoC more and more 😀

    • Lazar Prodanovic

      I don’t, want to see G71 successor of T880 series & with lower clocks, they culd at least used T880 MP4…

      • You must understand that this SoC is for ~100$ devices. If this can pack a good punch to give SD625/435 a run for their money at that price, it could change a lot.

        • Lazar Prodanovic

          By all means this won’t be a sub 100$ device, more likely a 150$ one (at least). So what part didn’t you understand? If any of this is true real purpose would be to enable Xiaomi to produce a Competitive SoC with lower cost per gate (as they wouldn’t pay extra to the third party). G71 is 40% more efficient (or faster if you wish) per a mm². Using a bigger (or biggest available) cluster have a benefit as scaling wile adding more is far from ideal (68~72%). So it’s better to go with a 4x T880 then 6x T860 for instance (costs less & you drive from it a little more). Raising frequently over the 550 MHz on current T8xx gen is just stupid (at least for the mobile) & this will continue with future generations. Point is to bet a performance of current T880 MP4 @ 700~800MHz wile cutting the power consumption in half. I think it’s possible with combination of the G71 with 10nm FinFET (or even optimized 14~16nm FinFET) & lower clocks. Let’s saw 20% (enough to complete cost difference of more advanced lithography process) smaller & 20% faster cluster at 20% smaller clocks…