Xiaomi has reportedly secured Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 875 SoC, to be paired with its yet unannounced Mi 11 flagship. Not only that, but it also seems that the Chinese smartphone brand has secured something of a timed exclusivity period for the flagship.
Word of the exclusivity comes by way of a China-based leakster, Digital Chat Station, who made the revelation via Weibo. To be fair, there’s no additional information about the limited exclusivity period for Xiaomi, but considering the company’s trend and habits, it’s possible that the Snapdragon 875 exclusivity may only be applicable to the Mi 11 when it goes on sale in China. Which is to say, it isn’t the longest exclusivity period.
Outside of China, the other non-Chinese smartphone maker that will expectedly get first dibs on the Snapdragon 875 SoC would be Samsung and its yet unreleased Galaxy S21.
On that note, Xiaomi’s habit of having first dibs on Qualcomm’s chipsets isn’t all that surprising. For those who are unaware, the brand did the same thing with the Snapdragon 768G, which is used in the Redmi K30 5G Racing.
Just as it has done for the past few generations of flagship Snapdragon chipsets, Qualcomm is expected to officially launch the Snapdragon 875 in December. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is likely that the mobile chipmaker will announce its new product via livestream, instead of a physical event in Hawaii.
Once again, there’s still no official word from Xiaomi about this, therefore take this news with the usual grain of salt.