Xiaomi is reportedly making its own chipset


Apple, Samsung and Huawei are among those who design themselves. It isn't an easy process to get into, but it can boost device performance. An important step, perhaps, it won't solve the core challenges that impacted Xiaomi last year, namely that other brands out-marketed it and Xiaomi lacks the offline commerce reach to support itself in China. (See next item for more on competition.)


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