Xiaomi has launched their new flagship device Mi5C but this time, they are ready to take on Samsung, Apple and Huawei the big players in the industry with Surge S1 processor.
The system on chip has been built in-house by Xiaomi making them the first phone company in a long time to build their own processor. Gathering the necessary resources and investment to build SoCs is no easy task. Most mobile phone manufacturers had to use Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets because Mediatek just wasn’t good enough.
The newly launched Xiaomi Mi5C stands as a tall answer provided it delivers in terms of performance, battery efficiency and long lasting durability. The phone features a 5.15-inch JDI display with near bezel less screen. The Surge S1 processor on the inside is accompanied by 3GB of RAM and there’s 64GB of built-in storage space. The rear side of the phone houses a 12-megapixel camera and the front has an 8-megapixel shooter. It is powered by a decent 2,860mAh battery.
Mi5C will run on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and will have MIUI 8 OS layered on top of it. The phone supports fast charging with its Type C USB port and has 4G VoLTE. Surprisingly, the pricing seems pretty affordable as it costs 1,499 Yuan in the home market which is roughly $220 making it a solid entrant in the budget smartphone segment.
During the launch, Xiaomi had plenty to share about their new Surge S1 which is a 64-bit Octa Core processor and can deliver up to 2.2 GHz. The chip will deliver better photos, is 40 percent more power efficient than existing chipsets in the market and will allow them to offer phones at an even more competitive pricing.
“Our goal was to offer innovation to all our customers which pushed us into developing the core technologies on our own. By being able to handle the hardware that works with our software, we expect to make better phones in the future that will be a pleasant surprise to the industry while satisfying our huge customer base,” said Lei Jun, CEO of Xiaomi.
It is yet to be known if the Surge S1 chipset will be used in all future Xiaomi devices after Mi5C. The real world performance and a full review is awaited which will soon confirm if Xiaomi got what it takes to go against industry giants like Samsung and Apple.