We have several big players in the market who supply chips for smartphones. The two largest are Qualcomm and MediaTek. Chinese producers no longer want to rely solely on the supply of these companies, so they decided to find another solution. They started developing their own 5G chips.
5G chips from Chinese companies will be a reality
One of the reasons may be the current market situation. There is a shortage of chipsets and it looks like it will not improve in the near future. This shortcoming is felt not only by smartphone manufacturers, but also by car manufacturers, game console manufacturers and the like.
According to a report from DigiTimes, both Xiaomi and Oppo are working on the development of their own chips. These two are the largest Chinese smartphone manufacturers. As these are scarce goods, it is likely that these Chinese chips will also be of great interest.
The development could be completed by the end of this year, at least according to the first forecasts. Sometime during this period, of course, the new chips should also be officially introduced. They will not miss an important part of modern smartphones - support for 5G networks.
5G is in diapers in Slovakia
5G networks are booming this year at least in the world and in more developed countries. Slovakia is slightly behind. 5ka, Telekom and O4 have already introduced their own 2G network, and we are still waiting for Orange. However, the coverage is not very good, it focuses mainly on selected parts of the capital.
We expect that in the near future, the 5G infrastructure in Slovakia will develop at a relatively fast pace. Smartphones with 5G support will become more desirable in our country as well.
Demand still far exceeds supply
It is not yet known to what extent chips from these Chinese companies will also appear in their smartphones. Both manufacturers have contracts with Qualcomm. Xiaomi recently announced that the current crisis has affected the company, and is even considering raising the price of its models.
Another vendor that also works on its own chips is Unisoc. It is this company that is probably most interested in competing with the aforementioned Qualcomm and MediaTek. To what extent it succeeds remains a question.