With Qualcomm expected to launch its Snapdragon 820 chipset by the end of the year, many people are wondering which company will be the first to utilize the next-generation chipset in one of their devices. Qualcomm announced recently that somewhere around 30 Snapdragon 820-powered smartphones are being developed at the moment, so it’s anyone’s game at this point, but an analyst by the name of Pan Jiutang believes that Xiaomi is the most likely victor. Assuming his prediction is correct, it’s certainly possible that we could see the Snapdragon 820 make its way into Xiaomi’s highly-anticipated Mi5 flagship later this year.
We know that Qualcomm is going to release its Snapdragon 820 chipset sometime later this year. While the company has been revealing more details about the chip every week, Qualcomm China president Mr. Meng revealed that at present there are about 30 different phones that are going to use Snapdragon 820 chipset. So, there will be a lot of smartphones that will hit the markets in the first half of 2016 with this powerful chip. This year, many companies decided to go with the slightly slower Snapdragon 808 or Mediatek chipset for their flagship devices, to avoid any heating related issues. But before that, Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon range have always been the chip that powered flagships. If the Snapdragon 820 is as good as we have heard till now, there will be a lot of phones in the market with this new SoC soon. Mr. Meng’s comments itself proves this point. Now, if this is the case, many manufacturers, from China as well as other countries will try to be the first ones to boast of using this chip. And according to Pan Jiutang, the IHS analyst, it will most likely be Xiaomi, atleast in China. The second possible candidate is Smartisan, but he is not sure of that at the moment.