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China's Oppo joins race to develop own smartphone chips

China's top handset maker looks to use TSMC's cutting-edge 3-nm tech

Oppo's development of its own chips is a bet on differentiating itself from other smartphone makers and softening the blow from the global processor shortage. (Source photo by AP and Getty Images)

TAIPEI -- China's leading smartphone maker Oppo is developing high-end mobile chips for its premium handsets in a bid to gain control over core components and reduce its reliance on foreign semiconductor suppliers Qualcomm and MediaTek.

The world's fourth-largest smartphone maker by shipments plans to use its own mobile systems-on-a-chip (SoC) in phones due out in 2023 or 2024, depending on the speed of development, two people briefed on the matter told Nikkei Asia.

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