“Without Xiaomi, there would be no Snapdragon 800.” Qualcomm announced in their collaboration
Today, Xiaomi and Qualcomm had been discussed on technology roadmap for processor and wireless technology. Each party had been in close collaboration for quite long time since the first flagship product of Xiaomi phone Mi 1. Xiaomi had their product integrated with the best performance SoC from Snapdragon which greatly improve the standard of the brand, to the extent of overall China and Worldwide market.
The relationship is also very crucial to Qualcomm. They stated that “Without Mi(Xiaomi Flagship), there would be no Snapdragon 800”. This is reasonable as the huge number of shipments had push the economy of scale of SoC production to the point that advance chip like Snapdragon 800 can be produced in reasonable price. Thanks to Xiaomi and their massively shipment of Snapdragon powered devices.
Another interesting fact that Lei Jun told today is the cost of one unit of Snapdragon 835 SoC is around 65 USD. This is quite a steep price that make other OEM like OPPO or VIVO avoid to use this high-end SoC. But Xiaomi had committed to the best performance and always committed to the fastest SoC available from Qualcomm. This help push Mi 6 to a truly flagship territory without compromise in performance.
Source: Lei Jun Weibo