Oppo is reportedly planning to introduce its own high-end chip for flagship mobile phones and wants to use TSMC’s advanced 3nm process technology for the chips.
According to a report on Wednesday, the plan was to release custom SoCs in 2023 or 2024 “depending on the speed of development.”
This new claim would make the smartphone company the latest major smartphone manufacturer to take control of its own SoC design. In August, Google also introduced a custom SoC called Tensor. Before US sanctions decimated its mobile business Apple, Huawei and Samsung also design their own smartphone chips
Since the crackdown on Huawei Oppo currently uses chips from Qualcomm and MediaTek like all other Chinese smartphone vendors.
Oppo is the fourth-largest smartphone maker in the world by shipments, according to IDC, and given it shares a supply chain and ownership with Vivo, Realme and OnePlus, Oppo-developed chips could quickly find their way into phones from multiple brands.