After a series of smartphone brands like Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi entered into developing their own chipset, Oppo is also entering the chipset game. A Chinese publication citing an official statement from an Oppo executive claims that the first Chipset will be called “Oppo M1.” It will also use its in-house components and mobile APUs.
Oppo had earlier filed a trademark at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) certification website for its upcoming chipset. Moreover, Oppo has hired ex-engineers of Spreadtrum and Mediatek to work on the chipset. Oppo and Realme engineers have joined the custom processor initiative as well. Oppo Founder and CEO, Tony Chen officially said in a statement that the company will spend around CNY 50 Billion into R&D for its in-house mobile chipset development.
The reason for this step from Oppo could be due to the recent unrest in the smartphone industry after the Huawei ban. Or perhaps Oppo wants to rely less on Qualcomm for cost-cutting and become more flexible with its chipset options. We know that developing chipsets takes years of research and development. BBK Electronics is the parent company of Oppo, Vivo, Oneplus, Realme & iQOO. Having its custom chipset for smartphones BBK might want to save all its brands if a ban like Huawei happens again. BBK Electronics is the world’s second-largest smartphone manufacturer and its high-time that it has its own custom chips. In the end, having options is always good for customers.
Oppo claimed that it’s a long term investment plan made to serve its customers well. It will also continue to use Qualcomm and Mediatek chipsets simultaneously.
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