U.S.-based chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. just announced the Snapdragon 865 chipset at its annual Tech Summit in Maui, Hawaii and it is Xiaomi that has come up on stage to reveal that the new chipset will be featured in its flagship device, Mi 10.
Previously, it was Redmi K30 which was supposed to get the Snapdragon 865 SoC. However, Xiaomi’s Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman Lin Bin announced that that the phone would instead be launched with Snapdragon 765 5G SoC next week.
Bin did not reveal any other spec-related details about the upcoming Mi 10. He only pointed out that the phone will feature flagship standard specs and come up with 108 MP Penta camera that is used in Xiaomi Mi CC9 and Mi Note 10.
Xiaomi is planning to launch a total of 10 5G smartphones in 2020. They include Mi 10, expected to release early next year, and probably Mi 10 Pro, confirmed by Bin recently in a Weibo post.
The next-gen Snapdragon 865 chipset is going to support all the 5G devices in the future. However, Qualcomm has not integrated the 5G SA+NSA modem with the chipset as expected. Therefore, smartphone OEMs need to use separate 5G modem with the chipset to enable 5G network support in the devices.
Snapdragon 865 is expected to compete with the recently announced Samsung Exynos 990 chipset and the HiSilicon Kirin 990 chipset that was launched a few months back with the Huawei Mate 30 series. Other phones that are expected to come up with Snapdragon 865 include Samsung Galaxy S11, OnePlus 8, Realme X3 Pro, Pixel 5 series, etc.