Today’s a big day for Xiaomi, as the company took the wraps off of its first in-house system-on-a-chip (SoC).
The Surge S1 from Xiaomi is an octa-core 64-bit processor that tops out at 2.2GHz. There are four Cortex-A53 cores running at 2.2GHz and four A53 cores at 1.4GHz, as well as a Mali-T860 quad-core GPU.
Also included with the Surge S1 is a 32-bit high-performance DSP for voice processor, a 14-bit dual ISP for enhanced image processing, a dual noise reduction algorithm for reducing noise and preserving image detail in low-light photos, an upgradeable baseband and programmable modem, and support for VoLTE call. Xiaomi says that the Surge S1 scored a 64,817 on the Antutu 6.0 benchmark, which rates it above Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 and MediaTek’s Helio P20.
Xiaomi launching its own SoC is a big deal. Designing its own chipset frees Xiaomi from relying on other companies for processors, especially as the company gets better at making its own chipsets. Other major smartphone makers that produce their own SoCs include Samsung, Apple, and Huawei.
Also announced today is the first phone to include the Surge S1. The Xiaomi Mi 5c is packing a Surge S1 along with a 5.15-inch 1920x1080 display with 1.66mm-thick bezels and 2048 brightness levels. Xiaomi is also touting the Mi 5c’s 12-megapixel rear camera, which features 1.25µm pixels for taking in more light when capturing photos as well as HDR support.
Other features of the Xiaomi Mi 5c include an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, 3GB of RAM, 64GBN of built-in storage, a front-mounted fingerprint reader, USB-C, dual SIM slots, and a 2560mAh battery with fast charging support, all crammed into a metal body. Xiaomi also says that the Mi 5c will receive a Mini Developer ROM update with Android 7.1 in March.
The Mi 5c will sell for RMB1499 ($218 USD) and will be available in black, gold, and rose gold color options.