It had been thought that the pair had an argument over the payment of royalties for 4G/3G modem technology. Other rumours suggested that Xiaomi had been seeing other suppliers.
In fact it was seen talking to MediaTek and it was thought that it was going to get a contract to supply the new Helio X20 series Deca-core processor for the Mi5.
Then when the Mi5 was delayed it was thought that this was because the chip was being swapped over. Now it appears that Mediatek and Xiaomi are just good friends, although it is unclear why the phone was delayed.
Now, IHS market research firm head Kevin Wang, has categorically dismissed all speculations and has said that the Xiaomi Mi5 will indeed come with 64-bit Snapdragon 820 quad-core SoC (System on Chip).
Qualcomm was one of the first firms to invest in Xiaomi’s initial days and still maintains a good rapport with the Chinese company.
This was confirmed when Xiaomi Mi5’s benchmark result surfaced online, confirming the presence of Snapdragon 820 processor.
It is believed that Xiaomi Mi5 will get unveiled on 3 December and hit stores by the year-end or January 2016.
It will be a great relief for Qualcomm which has not had much in the way of good news lately. Xiaomi might have paid up for the licence when it saw what the new Snapdragon could do.
Qualcomm appears to have put the disaster of its 810 chip behind it and come up with rather a nice chip.