Xiaomi has finally achieved one of the rarest feats by announcing its first ever in-house System-On-a-Chip called Surge S1. After Samsung, Apple, and Huawei, the Xiaomi is a fourth smartphone maker, who designs their own SoCs and it’s the second Chinese smartphone maker to do this. The company started working on this project back in mid-2015 after partnering with Leadcode. Now, it’s here and powering the brand new Xiaomi Mi 5c smartphone. Catch full details below.
Surge S1 looks like a mid-range chipset that can go head to head with Huawei Kirin 650, Snapdragon 625 or MediaTek P10/P20. You can see synthetic benchmark results later in this article. The Surge S1 offers eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores in big.LITTLE architecture.
The first set of four cores clocks at 2.2GHz to take care of heavy lifting while another set of cores clocks at 1.4GHz for “battery-conscious” tasks. Judging by Xiaomi’s slides, the Surge S1 beat Snapdragon 625, MediaTek P20 and P10 in AnTuTu Benchmark test.
The Surge S1 packs ARM Mali-T860 GPU with some serious potential to handle graphical intensive tasks like 3D games. The chipset will be built using 28nm fabrication process, which isn’t a top-notch technology at this moment, even in a mid-range segment because Qualcomm had produced equally performing Snapdragon 625 using 14nm FinFET technology, which can be operated at significantly lower power consumptions.
However, we are hearing rumors about V970, which could turn out to be a flagship SoC for Xiaomi that is being rumored as a SoC built on the most advanced 10nm process. Stay connected for more details about it.