Like many other smartphone manufactures, Xiaomi is set to launch its 2017 flagship Android device sans Qualcomm’s flagship chipset. Reports out of China claim that the Xiaomi Mi 6 will not initially ship with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, with the system-on-chip instead being included in a revised edition of the handset.
As an intermediate measure, the Xiaomi Mi 6 will launch with last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 821.
Although the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 is said to be Xiaomi’s preferred option, the Chinese company finds itself in the same situation as other manufacturers such as HTC and LG.
So far in 2017, both the HTC U Ultra and LG G6 have been launched with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821.
The issue faced by companies like Xiaomi, HTC and LG is the fact that Samsung has early access to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. The South Korean conglomerate is likely to use this position to ensure a supply of the chipset for the United States edition of the Samsung Galaxy S8.
In addition to manufacturing its own Samsung Exynos 8895 chipsets that are set to be used in the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S8, the company also produces Qualcomm’s 2018 flagship SoC.
[via Android Central]