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Xiaomi vows to beat Apple for best flagship

It’s “a war of life and death”

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Last year saw a major reshuffling in the smartphone ranks. Because of Huawei’s collapse and the pandemic, other brands quickly ascended through the competition. Though Samsung and Apple are still at or near the top, Xiaomi, a surprise competitor, has taken the top spot in some rankings. Even at that, the Chinese company isn’t done. Xiaomi has promised that it will beat Apple in the flagship race.

Recently, as reported by South China Morning Post, Xiaomi’s founder and CEO Lei Jun took to social media to express his plans for the company’s future. On Weibo, the founder vowed to “benchmark against Apple” and “become China’s biggest high-end brand in the next three years,” showing its focus on flagships. To fulfill its goal, Lei describes the race as “a war of life and death.”

Of course, every company aims for dominance in its respective industry. However, Xiaomi’s rise does set the stage for an interesting battle for the world’s top smartphone brands. Last year, the Chinese smartphone maker nabbed a lot of accolades across the globe including “best smartphone brand for the month.” Xiaomi has a lot of impressive smartphones to prove it, too.

However, though the company does have an advantage in China, Xiaomi still has a lot of work to do. Apple is currently a huge presence in China.

Additionally, the company is facing similar controversies as Huawei did when it was at the top. Recently, privacy-focused parties called Xiaomi out for reportedly censoring controversial terms against China and snooping on its users.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi leaps forward in Fortune Global 500 list

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Qualcomm plans to buy Arm with its rivals

It’s a consortium of companies

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For NVIDIA, Arm is its greatest the-one-that-got-away story. For months, the chip company worked on an acquisition plan for Arm. However, those plans eventually fell flat. SoftBank, Arm’s current holders, is still focused on getting a buyer for the asset. Now, a party led by Qualcomm is emerging as another potential suitor.

“A party” is, of course, an understatement, in this case. According to the Financial Times, Qualcomm is banding with other chipmakers (see also: their rivals) to each purchase a tiny bit of Arm. While a singular consortium of companies will buy the company, everyone will grab a minority stake in Arm. Of note, Samsung proposed the same deal years ago. Obviously, that old plan didn’t pan out well for either company.

Today’s renewed efforts, however, come after NVIDIA’s failure. NVIDIA reportedly backed out of its plans because acquiring Arm would have stifled competition in the market.

On the other hand, Qualcomm’s plan directly addresses this concern since everyone will own Arm. With enough companies in the consortium, it will end up with the “net effect that ARM is independent,” according to Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon.

Currently, it’s unclear whether the plan has any traction. It will require a lot of cooperation between several companies just to form a consortium. If anything, Samsung might go with the idea since the South Korean company proposed the same previously.

SEE ALSO: Nvidia planning to drop Arm acquisition plans

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Samsung is increasing the prices of its chipsets

Others have already accepted

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Shortages are still plaguing the tech industry. Because of various lockdowns throughout the past few years, new devices haven’t met the surge of demand from consumers. Besides not delivering devices, companies also deal with a loss in profit. Inevitably, that lost profit would rear its head in another way. Samsung, a major player in the chipmaking industry, has decided to up its chipset prices.

First reported by Bloomberg, Samsung is renegotiating the prices of its chipsets. If successful, the company’s clients will reportedly pay between 15 to 20 percent more to get their components. Additionally, chips made on legacy nodes will likely pay more in the end.

According to the report, some clients, currently unnamed, have already agreed to the price increase. Others are still in the process of negotiations. Though it’s certainly more expensive, the current forecast speculates that most clients will likely take the new deal. For one, other companies have already upped their prices as well. Samsung isn’t alone. However, the South Korean company has an advantage: more high-tech machines resulting in better chips and faster production.

Of course, the story doesn’t end there. While some clients have already accepted, there is no indication as to who will ultimately shoulder the brunt of the price increase. Will this mean more expensive devices in the future, or will companies graciously take a lesser margin of profit?

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S22+ review: Love at first touch

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Qualcomm unveils its plans for Wi-Fi 7

Can reach up to 33Gbps speeds

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The transition from 5G to 6G shouldn’t be the only thing we’re excited for. Companies are also working on huge improvements for Wi-Fi. Because of the ongoing popularity of 5G, not a lot of the spotlight was shone on the current Wi-Fi 6 and 6E standards. However, home internet is just as important. Now, the future wants to make things even faster. Qualcomm has announced the next chips to introduce Wi-Fi 7.

Recently, the company officially revealed the Wi-Fi 7 Networking Pro Series. The lineup will eventually don the future of routers for a variety of environments including home and enterprise use. According to Qualcomm, the chips will reach speeds of up to 33Gbps with stabler connections and lesser interference. They will support 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz channels.

For reference, Wi-Fi 6 and 6E can reach only up to 9.6Gbps speeds. Though the jump is certainly dramatic, reaching higher speeds is crucial in today’s time when 4K streaming is quickly becoming a norm.

Of course, patience is key. Amid Qualcomm’s announcement, Wi-Fi 7 isn’t exactly here yet. Both networks and router makers haven’t released any products for the standard. However, some sources, like MediaTek, are currently predicting 2023 as a target date for the new standard’s launch in some capacity.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek hosts world’s first demo of Wi-Fi 7

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