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Why Xiaomi’s 2021 flagship smartphones are likely to cost more

Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 SoC is expected to be $100 costlier than Snapdragaon 865, which would increase the cost of Xiaomi's flagship smartphones.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 ships to smartphone makers at a price that ranges between $150 ( <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>11,323 approximately) and $160 ( <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>12,000 approximately).
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 ships to smartphone makers at a price that ranges between $150 ( 11,323 approximately) and $160 ( 12,000 approximately). (REUTERS)

The price of premium smartphones has been steadily going up in the past couple of years. However, Chinese smartphone makers, particularly Xiaomi, have been beating this trend by offering premium features at affordable prices. But that might change next year as word is that the price of Xiaomi’s premium budget smartphones is expected to go up significantly next year.

The reason for this is the use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 875 processor that will be powering all of the company’s flagship smartphones next year. As per a report by Korean publication IT Home (via GizChina), the Snapdragon 875 system-on-chip, which includes both the application processor and the X60 5G model, will cost Xiaomi around $250 ( 18,877 approximately).

On the other hand, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 ships to smartphone makers at a price that ranges between $150 ( 11,323 approximately) and $160 ( 12,000 approximately). This means that Snapdragon 875 will cost $100 ( 7,550 approximately) more than its predecessors. This price is expected to trickle down to the smartphones, which in turn would make the 2021 flagship smartphones costlier than its predecessors.

As far as the Snapdragon 875 is concerned, Qualcomm hasn’t launched the chipset yet but reports suggest that the Snapdragon 865 successor is expected to come with a Super-Core Cortex-X1 processor that offers 30% better performance than the Cortex-A77. It will be combined with three Cortex-A78 cores and four efficiency cores in a 1+3+4 core arrangement.