Leadercore show off LC1860 LTE phone, could be based on the next Xiaomi


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Anyone following Xiaomi’s latests moves will have seen that the phone maker have invested in Chinese SoC producer Leadcore who will likely supply processors for Xiaomi’s new phones, and one could have been shown off already!

At a mobile phone conference held in China today, Leadcore had a stand where a named Android device was shown running their LC1860 chipset. The LC1860 is the processor that Xiaomi are rumoured to use in their sub 500 Yuan phone next year, and is quite an impressive piece of kit!

The LC1860 is an LTE enabled chip that can handle up to 2K displays and other high-end features normally reserved for flagship processors. That’s not to say that the new Xiaomi will get those specs, but it does show the potential of the SoC.

Journalists visiting the Leadcore stand managed to get some hands on time with the mystery phone which has specification that are very similar to those rumoured from the next Xiaomi, leading to speculation that this phone is an early engineering model.

A helpful specification shows the phone as having a 1.5Ghz processor, Mali T628 GPU, 720p display, 13 mega-pixel main camera, Android 4.4.4 and TD-LTE, and FDD-LTE support. The design is also similar to the current Redmi, the same range this low-cost phone will likely ship under!

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For 500 Yuan or less the Leadcore powered Xiaomi looks great, but we wonder what updates the current Redmi range will receive to keep them competitive? With Xiaomi and Mediatek parting ways, could the next lot of 799 Yuan Redmi’s be running a Snapdragon 615 or similar?

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4 Comments

  1. Vijay Sud
    December 18, 2014

    Little Bit of Word Processing will help.
    Headline is very misleading

    “Leadercore show off LC1860 LTE phone, could be based on the next Xiaomi”

  2. Kingu Prima
    December 18, 2014

    any benchmark for this SOC ? Would be interesting to compare it with the MT6752 used by Meizu, Oppo and other brands

    • Jason45
      December 18, 2014

      I believe it only has 4 core Cortex A7, this is not a match compared to MT6752 chipset. MT6752 chipset is much faster than that. But then again, this phone could costs only 500 yuan or less.

      • Guaire
        December 18, 2014

        Yeah it isn’t competition to MT6752.

        Leadcore are developing a chip named LC1980 scheduled to launch early 2015 which has a quadcore CPU Cortex-A53 clocked to 1.8GHz and 6 core Mali-T720 GPU. That’s seems on par with Snapdragon 615 and MT6752 on the paper. Might be faster even, depends on Mali-T720’s performance.

        If they implemented it in Redmi Note 2 and release it considerably cheaper than 1000 yuan competitors could be very successful. Counted as wouldn’t be another issue like drivers etc.