Xiaomi unveils its own in-house octa-core Surge S1 chipset, which powers the new Xiaomi Mi 5c


Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi became the fourth such company to produce its own line of chipsets when it unveiled the Surge S1 today. Built with the big.LITTLE architecture, the Surge S1 is made up of four 2.2GHz Cortex-A53 cores to handle tough tasks. Four 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 cores work on the light housekeeping. The result is an octa-core CPU and the Mali T-860 MP4 GPU. The latter uses 40% less energy than the previous generation Mali GPU. A 32-bit DSP supports VoLTE and high quality calls, even in a noisy environment.

One of the best things about producing your own chipset in-house is that you can quickly introduce the first phone to be powered by the SoC. And sure enough, that is exactly what Xiaomi did when it  introduced the Xiaomi Mi 5c. Sporting a 5.15-inch display with a 1600 x 2560 resolution, the phone has the Surge S1 chipset under the hood. Surprise! The chipset can quickly match the brightness of the screen to ambient light levels. There is a 12MP rear-facing camera, and the phone supports 9V2A fast charging. It also weighs in at 7.09mm thin.


The Xiaomi Mi 5c will launch in China on March 3rd, priced at the equivalent of $218 USD. The phone will be available from Mi.com, Suning’s online site, and Tmall. It will also be found at all Mi Home stores and Suning offline stores.


source: Xiaomi

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28 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I won't want to be one of the first to own a device with an SoC that hasn't proven anything yet.

3. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

That soc is so 2012 I mean this is 2017 and by today standard at least they should have gone with 20mm or 16mm manufacturing.

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@liberalsnowflake "they should have gone with 20mm or 16mm manufacturing" Well, 1mm (Millimeter) = 1,000,000nm (Nano-meter) So, this chip is already a MILLION times smaller than your 20mm or 16mm... Oh well, G'Day!

14. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Don't expect much from a snowflake, mr.greenman

16. mikehunta727 unregistered

Liberalsnowflake is actually a Trump supporter. He is definitely living up to his new ascribed snowflake term for sure though. That is what Trump supporters are, snowflakes, they need their super safe spaces with no criticism from anyone

17. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

So am I a Trump supporter. You immigrants green card holders and non whites hate him because he wants to banned and kick you out. Cry babies are so desperate to stay and have a good wealthy lifestyle that the can't get back where they are rooted from. Lol. Trump and fans supporters don't like other non whites. He even himself is a true patriot. Bring back good old USA.

19. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Bring back good old USA.......That has always been full of these brown/red/black people." FTFY

20. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I didn't know whites were the original Americans.

21. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

whites are native americans.. Christopher Columbus welcomed by whites the first time he reach america.. /s

24. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Only very few humbled white Americans accepted migrants living here. The rest hates migrants.

25. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Migrants or not, we're all people living on the earth. The sole planet that sustains life till now.

28. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Sleep....like your name. You are a boulder on this peaceful world.

23. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

White brain power developed and made what USA is know. not the Red Indians.

26. Betterbyyoubetterbyme

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

If you are in any way, even a slightest representation of white americans "know"... Damn... Those generations of inbreeding really takes their toll, don't they. Typical pubescent redneck typing, homeschooled, can't read or write but feels superior... Just like the orange president, small hands, all mouth, no dick. But with a gun. I am pro wall, as long as it keeps asshats like you in. Now go cry to your mama, and the brother you call daddy.

2. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

Next time release your own operating system based on linux xiaomi.it would be great if we as a consumer have more choices.

4. hansip87

Posts: 226; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

big.LITTLE with 8x A53? joking right? it should be little.LITTLE

8. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

Ever heard of Snapdragon 625?

10. rinzimpulse

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

SD625 is full 2 GHz on their cores, not using big.LITTLE

11. rinzimpulse

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

There are SD615, 616, 617, 430, 435, MT6595, MT6750, Helio P10-P15, Helio P20-P25, Exynos 7580, 7870, 7880, Kirin 650, 655 which are using cortex-a53 & big.LITTLE system on their cores

12. rinzimpulse

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

oops, delete that MT6595

18. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Just look at that weak ni good Gpu. And no A57 cores. This Cpu, Gpu is no good.

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

8 x A53 is a low end SOC. Why even bother? I would rather pick other phone with proven SOC.

5. Guaire

Posts: 870; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

DOA. For a 100 yuan more ($15) Chinese consumers can get Mi5 with 14nm Snapdragon 820, UFS 2.0 fast storage, LPDDR4 RAM, 4 axis OIS and a bit larger battery. This glorified Snapdragon 615 competitor would be prefectly fine in a 700-800 yuan Redmi though.

6. SailfishOS

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

Interesting.

9. raky_b

Posts: 370; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

you can't complain on it's specs for a price (in China, plus there it comes with warranty, unlike for rest of the world), but i feel like better GPU would be more considerable for 2K screen.

15. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I think that's a mistake. No way this thing has a screen res that high

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Impressive to see Xiaomi launch its first ever SoC!

22. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

but that GPU :-/ they should use helio X25 and sell it for $200 (they already use X20 on RN4 and redmi pro for sub$200)

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