Exclusive: Spreadtrum plans to design phones in India, to bring 5G chipset by 2019

Apart from Jio Phone, it sells mobile chipsets to domestic handset makers like Lava, Karbonn, Micromax, Celkon, Samsung, etc.

    Mobile chipset firm Spreadtrum Communications, which has recently tied up with Intel Corporation for 5G is now closely working with the handset maker to design phones in India.

    Exclusive: Spreadtrum plans to design phones in India

    "In India, we work with all affordable smartphone makers but now, as a next stage, we are looking at how we can design devices in this ecosystem," Neeraj Sharma, Country Head at Spreadtrum Communications told GizBot in an exclusive interaction. He further said, "We are closely working with some companies to design the phones in India and in this regard we have already started our lab two years ago."

    The top man also firmly said that this year the company will definitely start designing phones in India.

    Although he refused to divulge into the names of the companies with whom they are working with, according to industry sources, Spreadtrum is in talks with domestic handset maker Lava for the same.

    Meanwhile, the company is also planning to bring its new chipset 9832E in the Indian market this year. "We have just started marketing this chipset called 9832E and its new version of 9832 chipsets," said Neeraj Sharma regarding the product. He asserts that the company has enhanced the CPU from 32 bit to 64 bit and is now running its frequency from 1.2 GHz to 1.4 GHz in the new version.

    On the partnership with Intel, Sharma informed, "Working closely with them has helped us to work on technology like 14-nanometer chips and during Mobile World Congress we have announced that both Spreadtrum and Intel will develop a 5G smartphone platform." Furthermore, the company is also planning to bring 5G chipset next year.

    If you may recall, the company recently came into limelight for supplying chipsets for Jio Phone. Apart from Jio Phone, it sells mobile chipsets to domestic handset makers like Lava, Karbonn, Micromax, Celkon, Samsung, etc. and according to other industry sources, they are also looking forward to tying-up with Chinese smartphone makers like Xiaomi for its upcoming chipset 9832E.

    The company has also inked a deal with emerging operating system KaiOS for SC9820A, which is powering JioPhone. The company believes that with this kind of partnership, users will have access to a broader selection of lite phones that support advanced mobile functionality.

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