Making chips is not cheap. But if you want to be independent, this is the only way. That’s why many smartphone makers has decided to invest in chip making. Huawei has already developed its own chip series of HiSilicon. And though these chips are only used in its own products, no one can say they will not appear on other models in the future. Moreover, a few years ago, Xiaomi created its first mobile chip. The Surge S1 was an entry-level chip that appeared only on one phone. But the company announced it will work on better SoCs. And of course, we should recall Samsung. Its Exynos chips are not too popular as well, but they can be found on various models from a few brands. Now, there are news another China-based first-tier manufacturer is working on its own chips. The VIVO SoC has been leaked.
As early as the second half of last year, there was news that VIVO was going to enter the mobile chip market and master the core technology. But the company has frequently denied this, saying that it was a misunderstanding by the outside world.
On May 9, one of the bloggers exposed two VIVO applications. And it seems we are dealing with two VIVO SoC applications.
The two trademarks are the ‘VIVO SoC’ and ‘VIVO chip’. The application date is the second half of last year – September 2019. The product categories covered by the trademark include central processor, modem, computer chip, printed circuit, computer storage device, etc.
Of course, applying for a chip trademark does not mean that VIVO will learn from the Huawei Kirin to develop a mobile chip. VIVO is more likely to cooperate with chip manufacturers (Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Samsung) to customize a proprietary chip like Microsoft.