Like Huawei, Samsung and Apple, Oppo intends to design its own chipsets internally. The first model would be called M1. It would not be a complete SoC, but a dedicated coprocessor. The creation of this component would be part of the 50 billion yuan that the company will invest over the next three years.
Huawei, Apple and Samsung have one thing in common that Oppo does not have. The three firms are developing processors. Even Xiaomi has recently tried it with the Surge S1 (whose successor has not yet been revealed). Oppo has certainly created technologies for fast charging, such as VOOC (currently in version 4.0). But processors are still lacking in its panel of technologies created in-house. This should soon be the case.
Chinese media this week published an article on the sidelines of Inno Day that Oppo organized in Shenzhen. In this article, it says that a representative of the Chinese firm admitted to having undertaken the internal development of its first processor . It would not be a complete SoC similar to the A13 from Apple, the Exynos from Samsung or the Kirin from Huawei. It would rather be an auxiliary coprocessor. Its task would therefore be more reduced. The nature of it is not disclosed. Among the possible hypotheses are a component for a customized wireless connection (like the Apple W1, for example) or a neural coprocessor for artificial intelligence..
A component that has already been talked about
The component would be called M1, a name that was already leaked at the end of November following Oppo’s filing of this mark with EUIPO (European body for the management of intellectual property). In the latter’s register, it is written there that M1 refers to a component that will equip electronic equipment , including smartphones. Last August, a first rumor claimed that Oppo was developing an engineering team to design components. A team whose members warned of Unisoc (ex Spreadtrum) and MediaTek.
Research and development are of paramount importance for Oppo. Like VOOC Charge, its fast charging technology, technologies created in-house are considered to be ways to stand out from the competition. The research areas cover artificial intelligence, virtual reality, 5G (and even 6G) or even Big Data. Tony Chen (aka Chen MingYong in original version), CEO of Oppo, said on Inno Day that he would invest 50 billion yuan (6.4 billion euros) in research and development in the next 3 years. . Software and hardware projects.