While the likes of Qualcomm, Samsung and Apple/TSMC are doing fine when it comes to 10 nm chips, it appears that MediaTek may be falling behind a bit. The info comes from the Chinese language publication Economic Daily News, who has it on good authority that Xiaomi has decided to give up on the Helio X30 10 nm chip from MediaTek.
MediaTek was supposed to work with Xiaomi and deliver them a customized chipset of the kind. The solution is expected to debut this month and already there should be a few phones with the Helio X30 ready for a Q2 release. The problem is that only two companies showed up for partnership, Meizu and LeEco. The latter has financial problems and the former has a beefy MediaTek investment in it, so of course they stay on.
Other big MediaTek clients like Oppo and Vivo have also dropped out, not being committed to using 10 nm chips from MediaTek. It’s a shame for them, since these two makers are expected to ship over 120 million and 100 million smartphones respectively. MediaTek had recently dismissed a report saying they were looking to cut the 10 nm chip orders at TSMC by almost 50%.
They do need to revise the strategy if Xiaomi did drop out of the deal…