Oppo plans to develop its own processor for its smartphone, according to a new report. Liu Bo, president of Oppo China, confirmed that the smartphone maker plans to make its own SoCs to make them a “significant driving force” for the company’s future growth. Although they did not share a timeline for the processor, the development reaffirms the company’s plans to build its own smartphone processor. To recall, the company announced a “Mariana Plan” for self-developed chips in February.
Oppo China first cellular processor may also be known as the Oppo M1 as per an indicator filed with the EUIPO.
According to a Caixin report, Liu Bo said, “We have to deal with chip technology and make technology an important driving force for our future development.” Bo said that Oppo will start working with major suppliers to develop its smartphone processors. The report states that Qualcomm, MediaTek and Samsung are key partners of Oppo when it comes to SoCs.
Smartphone manufacturers expect it to be self-sufficient when it comes to mobile processors, even though custom chipsets cost more than standard processors of the likes of Qualcomm and MediaTek, the report further stated.
In February, it was reported that Oppo hired several chip engineers and high-end executives of Spreadtrum Communications, owned by MediaTek and Tsinghua Ungroup, to work on their own custom made smartphone processors. It also stated that a trademark filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) suggested that the first proprietary chip by the Chinese company be called the Oppo M1.
Oppo is joining the smartphone processor game with the likes of Samsung and Huawei like the already established players. Samsung has its own Exynos line of processors while Huawei has the HiSilicon Kirin range. Notably, Xiaomi also attempted to enter the space with its Surge S1 SoC, however, the chip only made its way into the Mi 5c which was exclusive to China.