Oppo is developing its own high-end chips for flagship mobile phones. Two people who spoke to the newspaper said that the plan was to release custom SoCs in 2023 or 2024 depending on the speed of development.
Oppo reportedly wants to use TSMC’s advanced 3nm process technology for the chips. The company currently uses chips from Qualcomm and MediaTek, like all other Chinese smartphone vendors since the crackdown on Huawei. Oppo would be the latest major smartphone manufacturer to take control of its own SoC design.Xiaomi designed and released a low-end SoC called the Surge S1 for its budget Mi 5C phone in 2017, but since then its chip design efforts have been limited to secondary components like image signal processors.
The Oppo K9s will be unveiled tomorrow, October 20, a follow-up to the original K9 and an alternative to the K9 Pro from last month. The K9s will be powered by a 5,000 mAh battery – that’s larger than both the original K9 (4,300 mAh) and the K9 Pro (4,500 mAh).