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Xiaomi may have abstained from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have some big things cooking. In a major announcement at their own event in Beijing, Xiaomi unveiled a new chipset developed by their own in-house team called the Surge S1 as well as the Xiaomi Mi 5C smartphone that will bring it to the market.
Apart from the new chipset, the Mi 5C comes with a 5.15-inch display, finger print sensor, 2860mAh battery, 3GB RAM and 64GB of storage. With a 12-megapixel camera on the back and an 8-megapixel front camera, it has pretty much all the right hardware for a mid-range device. It also runs Android 7.1 Nougat with MIUI and fast charging capabilities.
The chipset that powers it is the Surge S1 developed by Xiaomi, with a total of eight Cortex A53 cores. Half of these cores are clocked at 2.2GHz while the other half is at 1.4GHz. The venerable Mali-T860 pairs with it as the graphics chip, making it a decent mid-range processor as a whole. From the benchmarks above, we can see that it puts up fair competition to the Snapdragon 625 as well as the MediaTek P20.
Xiaomi has stated that this chipset is a part of the two Pinecone CPUs they have planned and the Surge S1 is just the lower-tier one. The higher-end chipset will likely be competing with some of the best out there like the newly announced MediaTek Helio X30.