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Weibo Drops Hints of Xiaomi Pinecone

Written by Andrew Maxwell

Xiaomi looks set to follow the examples of Samsung, Huawei and Apple, in releasing a smartphone featuring the company’s own chipset. This is according to an official page on the Chinese social networking site, Weibo. While information is scant for the time being, the page suggests that the chipset is to be named ‘Pinecone’.

The move, if confirmed, does not come as a complete surprise. Industry watchers have speculated for quite some time now that the company would start to develop more of its own hardware, and this comes as a natural step forward for the Chinese tech leader. This information comes shortly before the expected launch of Xiaomi’s latest offering – the Xiaomi Mi 5c, which – according to Anzhou.cn – is due to be released soon.

Reports also suggest that the new chipset has come about due to a partnership between Xiaomi and Shanghai semiconductor company, Leadcore. It is thought that the processor will eventually be released in two versions – one featuring an octa-core Cortex A53 CPU and a second version with four Cortex A73 cores and four Cortex A53 cores.

The upcoming release of the Xiaomi Mi 5c seems like a great opportunity for the company to launch the processor – the Mi 5c is similar in many ways to the already established Mi 5, albeit slightly cheaper. At the moment, this is still speculation, however, as conflicting reports suggest that the Mi 5c may be released with a Snapdragon 625 processor.

The new smartphone release is expected to feature 3GB od RAM with 64Gb of storage. It is thought that it will carry a 12MP back camera and an 8MP one for the front, and that it will run on MIUI 8, with a 3,200mAh battery. The screen is expected to be a 5.5-inch full HD display with 2.5D curved glass. All this means that interest in Xiaomi’s coming release is guaranteed to be high.



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