According to multiple reports, and a subsequent confirmation from the OPPO China President, the company is planning on developing its own processors for its smartphones. Liu Bo, the president of OPPO China, said that they will make their own SoCs to make them a “crucial driving force” for the company’s future growth.
He hasn’t shared a timeline for the processors, but this new development confirms what the company has been planning to do for a while. To recall, OPPO had reportedly announced its “Mariana Plan” for self-developed chips in February this year.
According to a media report, Liu Bo said, “We have to tackle the chip technology and make the technology the crucial driving force for our future growth.” He also said that OPPO will work with key suppliers, adding that Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Samsung are its main partners.
Like we mentioned above, in February, it was reported that OPPO had hired chip engineers and high-level executives from MediaTek and the Tsinghua Ungroup-owned Spreadtrum Communications to work on its own smartphone processors. The report back then also stated that a trademark filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) shows that the first proprietary chip by the company would be called the OPPO M1.
OPPO is not the first to get into the processor game. Its counterparts like Samsung and Huawei are already established players in this domain, with their line of Exynos and HiSilicon Kirin processors, respectively.