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Rumor: Xiaomi is developing its own processors for release in early 2016

By Jasper Oregas & Cookie Monster - on 7 Aug 2015, 11:54am

Rumor: Xiaomi is developing its own processors for release in early 2016

 The Redmi 2 is the only Xiaomi device to be powered by a Leadcore processor. <br> Image source: Xiaomi

Besides expanding into smart home devices, Xiaomi is now said to be venturing into the chipmaking business.

According to Chinese site CNBETA, Xiaomi is currently developing its own processors and they could be ready to be released in early 2016. It is likely to be working with Chinese chipmaker, Leadcore to develop the chipsets.

The word on the street is that Xiaomi wants to cut overall costs for its Redmi smartphones and have less reliance on Qualcomm's processors. The first sign of such attempts is evident in the release of the US$96 Redmi 2A, which is powered by the cheaper Leadcore L1860C quad-core processor. While its own processors will be used on the Redmi series, Xiaomi will continue to use Qualcomm chipsets for flagship devices such as the Mi series.

As Huawei is already making its own HiSilicon Kirin chipsets for use in its smartphones, it makes sense for Xiaomi to develop its own processors if it wants to be the top smartphone maker in 10 years. By designing its own hardware and software, Xiaomi is able to optimize its mobile devices for better performance. 

Source: CNBETA via GizmoChina