As a rising power in the smartphone market, Xiaomi shouldn’t be left behind with the announcements, and they do. Recently, they announced in Beijing, China, the incoming Xiaomi Mi 5C, their new smartphone powered by their very own first in-house processor, the Surge S1. It was in mid-2015 when we first heard that Xiaomi wais engineering its first own chips and through this, Xiaomi reachedmakes a landmark by being the fourth smartphone company in the world to build its own System on Chip (SoC), along withaside from Samsung, Apple, and Huawei.
They first announced it in their event in China where they worked this processor for 28 months with Pinecone, a subsidiary that Xiaomi used to develop and research the processor. Based on report of engadget.com, Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun stated that “Pinecone finished its first chip design on July 25th the following year, and it received the first sample chip on September 19th. Then on the 24th, his team made the first phone call using the chip's modem, followed by a successful screen boot-up two nights later.”.
The Surge S1 is an octa-core processor built on 28 nm process where the four high performing power efficient ARM Cortex A53 cores are is clocked at 2.2 GHz and the other four ARM Cortex A53 is running at 1.4 GHz. The cores are optimized by ARM’s big. LITTLE™ processing technology., Iit is a heterogeneous computing architecture that was developed by ARM holdings, pairing a battery-saving and slower processor with more powerful and hungry cores.
According to ARM, “big.LITTLE™ processing is a power-optimization technology where high-performance ARM CPU cores are combined with the most efficient ARM CPU cores to deliver peak-performance capacity, higher sustained performance, and increased parallel processing performance, at significantly lower average power.”. Xiaomi (Xiaomi Mi 5C) also implement in Surge S1 the 32 bit DSP for better voice processing for calls, supporting VoLTE and 16 kHz sampling and the Mali T860 GPU, which is reported as being 40% more efficient in power compared to the previous-gen Mali T760.
The Surge S1 also integrates the 14-bit dual ISP and the Xiaomi’s own Surge ISP algorithm where they claims can improve the camera light sensitivity by up to 150 percent as the dual noise reduction algorithm preserves detail in low light that yields to 15 percent less power consumption. gadgets.ndtv.com reports “The Xiaomi Surge 1 SoC also comes with chip level security that protects data and unauthorized network access. Xiaomi said that it took only 28 months for the processor to be thought of, produced, and integrated into a smartphone on a large scale.
The company even shared AnTutu, GeekBench 4.0 CPU multi-core benchmark and GFX Bench Manhattan off-screen benchmark, showing off that the Surge S1 beats the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and MediaTek Helio P10 as well as P20 in performance on all three tests.
The xiaomi mi 5c seems to be a more affordable smartphone compared to last year’s Mi 5. Similar to last year’s excellent phone. The Xiaomi MI 5C comes in 5.15 inch 1080p display that runs in Android 7.0 Nougat, but with 3 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 64GB of eMMC 5.0 storage that has no support for memory expansion, and a 12 megapixel f/2.2 rear and 8 megapixel f/2.0 front facing camera. Xiaomi still delivers it with the fingerprint scanner in the home button, and it can support fast charging its 2860 mAh of battery. This new xiaomi mi 5c smartphone is expected to be priced at 1500 Yuan or around $220, AU$280, or £175.
Those who really want this phone will need to import them to experience the wonders of new Xiaomi’s own Surge S1, as it expected to be available only in China. It still remains to see how new SoC with this new smartphone from Xiaomi will perform and how Xiaomi fans will love the new in-house processor, as the company takes the route of building their own smartphone chipset.