Xiaomi’s 2021 flagships will reportedly cost more due to pricier Snapdragon 875 chipset

The next-gen flagship Snapdragon 875 SoC is said to be more expensive than Snapdragon 865 SoC.

Highlights
  • Xiaomi has allegedly signed an agreement with Qualcomm to buy Snapdragon 875 SoC at $270 (~Rs 20,000)
  • This around $100 (~Rs 7,550) more expensive than the Snapdragon 865 SoC

Qualcomm’s upcoming flagship chipset Snapdragon 875 will allegedly be more expensive than its predecessor, and this may result in OEMs, including Xiaomi, increasing the prices of their 2021 flagships. IT Home citing Korean publication has reported that Qualcomm has agreed to sell Xiaomi Snapdragon 875 SoC for its next year’s flagship offering at around $250 (~Rs 20,000). The price is said to include both the application processor and the new Snapdragon X60 modem for 5G connectivity. The source reports that deliberations are ongoing at Xiaomi regarding the price of their future flagships.

If the report is to be believed then Snapdragon 875 SoC will be around $100 (~Rs 7,550) more expensive than Snapdragon 865 SoC. The latter is currently shipping to manufacturers between $150 (~Rs 11,300) and $160 (~Rs 12,000). Even though Xiaomi sells the cheapest flagship phones under its Redmi branding, buyers should brace themselves.

Talking about the Snapdragon 875 SoC, it’ll reportedly be the first chipset made using the 5nm process for better performance and lower power consumption. The SoC is likely to feature Kyro 685 CPU built on Arm v8 Cortex tech paired with Adreno 660 GPU and support for 3G/ 4G/ 5G connectivity. It is not clear whether the 5G modem will be integrated or optional. Qualcomm is likely to launch the chipset later this year in December if it’s able to maintain its annual unveiling schedule at its year-end conference due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The SoC will be the brain behind most flagship offerings next year.