Sunday, April 01, 2018

For business reasons as well as for geopolitical good of mankind, major smartphone sellers should increasingly incorporate MediaTek Helio and HiSilicon Kirin mobile processors

The underlying assumption here is that for the same or similar performance/specifications, a MediaTek Helio or a HiSilicon Kirin or a Spreadtrum / Unisoc [and though  less likely, maybe even a Samsung Exynos] mobile microprocessor can be had for a meaningfully lower amount of money compared to a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip [sort of like AMD's chips are so much cheaper than Intel's]. It's vital that this world be de-americanized as fast as possible. A de-americanized world will be free from the perpetual wars waged every day by America, and will be a place where killer bombs and missiles don't keep falling from the skies on the bodies of innocent men, women and children. A meaningful step in this direction can be if the use of American products/services is reduced to as low an amount as possible [at any given time], so that whatever money the rest of the world spends goes to other nations rather than to the United States. Samsung [with Exynos] and Huawei [with Kirin] are doing a good job in this regard by using their own chips in many [though not all] of their smartphones, rather than using US-designed Qualcomm chips. But much more still needs to be done. More smartphone companies need to start using non-Snapdragon microprocessors in their phones. Sony, Gionee, Asus and Oppo did launch a few phones with the very good Helio chips, but this shift to HiSilicon and MediaTek [and maybe Exynos too, assuming Samsung sells it to others and sell it at low prices] needs to be accelerated for the better of mankind. Firms such as Sony, LG, BlackBerry, Lenovo, HTC, Moto/Motorola, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, Xiaomi, ZTE, Nokia, Asus, Meizu, Gionee, and others must increase the proportion of phones that use these "alternative" chips to break the business of Qualcomm and thus America. And this isn't only political or geopolitical - it's also great for business. Money saved on the SoC can be used to boost either profits or marketing or the other specifications/features of the devices, thus making them more attractive. It's an overall win for the world, and frankly the Chinese government needs to gently and quietly nudge its huge smartphone companies to do this quickly [and frankly it's a shame that most of the major phones coming from China's top smartphone companies - one example being Xiaomi's Redmi Note 5 Pro - continue to use American processors rather than the equally-capable or maybe better processors from fellow Chinese brethren].

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