Xiaomi's 2021 flagships will be pretty expensive; no thanks to Qualcomm

The Snapdragon 875 will reportedly support 100 W fast charging will cost an arm and a leg

Especially English native speakers welcome! This debate isn't limited to Xiaomi as the component will be used in the majority of 2021 high-end and flagship Android phones. Supposedly, the Snapdragon 865 will see a huge 50% increase in price compared to the current SD865. That's because according to reports out of South Korea, the Snapdragon 875 will be significantly more expensive than any of its predecessors. Based on the report, the "set" version of the Snapdragon 875 will cost $250, versus the Snapdragon 865 which is said to cost $150, meaning it'll be more expensive by $100. Taken in isolation, the processor itself, without the modem, will be priced at $130. The new chipset will certainly be more powerful than the Snapdragon 865. The Snapdragon 875 will also be made by TSMC but the foundry will be using its 5nm process for the first time on a Snapdragon chipset. That is important since the higher the number of transistors inside a chip, the more powerful and energy-efficient it is. For example, the X55 5G modem wasn't integrated into the Snapdragon 865, but OEMs had to buy both the SoC and modem together.

Do note that the exact source of the information is not immediately clear.

MediaTek SoCs have come a long way over the past two years or so, and may now make their way into the mainstream flagship market. We're also not sure how this will impact the final price of smartphones.



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