Xiaomi has launched the Xiaomi Mi 5C smartphone in China priced at CNY 1499 or Rs 14600. It is quite an unusual launch for Xiaomi, as the Mi 5C runs on their first indigenous processor – Surge S1, an Octa-Core SOC.
There were several leaks, and the processor was earlier referred as pinecone but now is christened it as “Surge S1”.
The processor uses the 28 Nm manufacturing process and comes with a maximum clock speed of 2.2 GHz. The processor has 4 Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and another 4 Cortex-A 53 cores with a clock speed of 1.4 GHz. Besides, the SOC is accompanied by the Mali T860 GPU with Quad-Core architecture.
Xiaomi Surge S1 Processor
Additionally, the processor also comes with a 14 Bit dedicated image signal processor which improves the photography. Xiaomi says that the Surge S1 took about 28 months to develop, and can beat the Snapdragon 625 and Helio P10 in performance.
Moreover, Xiaomi is trying to get in the league of top smartphone makers and want to expand its R&D by working on new cutting-edge technologies.
Surge S1 CPU Benchmarks
The metallic Dual sim Mi 5C will go on sale in China and will be available in 3 different colors Rose Gold, Gold, and Black.
Let’s talk about the key features of the Mi 5C. The mobile is quite sleek measuring 7.09 mm in thickness and weighs just 135 grams.
Further, it comes with a neat look with a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button.
Xiaomi MI 5C Design
The back side has a small circular camera at the top left corner with dual led flash.
For multitasking and storage, the Xiaomi Mi 5C comes with 3 GB of Ram and has 64 GB internal storage.
Also, for media consumption, it offers a 5.15 inch Full HD Display with 1920*1080 pixels.
The Xiaomi Mi 5C runs on the Android Marshmallow 6.0 along with the MiUi 8.0. The company has also said that the smartphone will soon get the Android Nougat 7.0 update.
For photography, we have a 12 Megapixels rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and dual led flash. The device comes with an 8-megapixel front selfie camera.
The Mi 5C has 4G LTE as well as VOLTE support.
Lastly, the Xiaomi Mi 5C comes with a 2860 mAH capacity battery and has a USB Type C port.
Xiaomi is also expected to launch the Xiaomi Mi 6C mobile which will feature the second generation of Surge processor which will also be made by Xiaomi.
Xiaomi mostly uses the Qualcomm processors that offers much faster and superior performance in comparison to the rival MediaTek SOC’s.
To Conclude, creating a processor from scratch is a big step for the still young Chinese company and may help them in future growth.