The Snapdragon 875 will reportedly support 100W fast charging, cost dearly

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

Although they are still relatively affordable than most premium phones, the year 2021 could very well change that as according to a report from South Korea, 2021 Xiaomi flagships are not the exception. The chip itself is expected to cost in the region of US$130, up from around US$85 with the Snapdragon 875.

The highlight of the Snapdragon 765 is the integrated X52 5G modem. Supposedly, the Snapdragon 865 will see a huge 50% increase in price compared to the current SD865.

The post goes on to say that Xiaomi, known for its value for money handsets, is in the middle of a "fierce debate" over how it will price its 2021 flagships running the Snapdragon 875 chipset.

The implication of this is that flagship phones will be even more expensive in 2020, seeing as the chipset alone is expected to be over US$100 more expensive.

Xiaomi now offers some of the cheapest flagship phones under its sub-brand Redmi. The latter is produced by TSMC using its 7nm process that fits around 96.5 million transistors into a square mm. However, the entire chipset is touted to cost about US$250 versus the Snapdragon 865's US$160. At that process node, 171.3 million transistors can squeeze into a square mm. If the chipset is launched next month, most of the smartphones that will be launched later this year will be powered with it.

Xiaomi is reportedly trying to keep the price of its 2021 phones down by using less expensive camera lenses.



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