Xiaomi has officially become the 4th OEM to manufacture its own processor. In an event in china, Xiaomi the Chinese company has revealed it first processor for smartphones. The new 64-bit Surge S1 is been in works for the past 28 months by pinecone, Xiaomi’s subsidiary for research and development of processors. This S0C will be launch with Xiaomi Mi5c.
This new SoC comes with 4 ARM A53 cores clocked at 2.2Ghz and 4 ARM A53 cores clocked at 1.4GHz and uses 28nm High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Implements Mali T860 GPU, This processor supports High definition VoLTE calls.
The 14-bit dual-core ISP will provide better light sensitivity and Dual noise reduction algorithm to reduce the noise during the photos taken in low light conditions.
Here are the in-depth specifications of the Surge S1 SoC:
- Octa-core 64-bit chipset (4xA53 cores 2.2GHz + 4xA53 cores 1.4GHz)
- 28nm high-performance Computing (HPC) process
- Mali-T860 quad-core GPU
- AFBC + ASTC image compression technology
- 32-bit high-performance DSP for voice processing
- 14-bit dual ISP; enhanced image processing capabilities
- Surge ISP algorithm improves camera light sensitivity by 150%
- Dual noise reduction algorithm reduces noise and preserves image detail in low light
- Upgradable baseband; programmable modem, OTA upgradeable
- VoLTE high-quality call and video support
- Chip-level security; TEE architecture, strict compliance with safety regulations
- Up to 4K@30fps video playback
- Video capture: 4K@30fps, 1080p@120fps, 720p@240/fps
- Codec support: H.265 /HEVC(Main profile), H.264 (Baseline/Main/High profile), MPEG4 (Simple profile/ASP),
- VC-1(Simple/Main/Advanced profile), and more
- Supports device displays up to 2560×1600 resolution
- Supports 9V2A fast charging
How does it stack up with other players in the market?
Surge S1 is not the processor for flagships Xiaomi will come up in the future but when compared to other similar range processors like Snapdragon 625 or MediaTek Helio p 20 it sure does stack up well.
Why Manufacture their own Processor?
Xiaomi has been using MediaTek chipsets in their Chinese and European markets. While using MediaTek processors by Xiaomi in their products sold in India has been Banned by Indian Govt Xiaomi usually opts for Snapdragon Processor and leaves out the fast charging capability to avoid the royalties and compete in the market with aggressive pricing, which made it the 3rd largest mobile manufacturer in India dethroning Lenovo.
With Xiaomi making their own processors they can use their chipsets instead of the ones from Qualcomm and MediaTek and still offer their smartphones at cheaper prices. Though the amount of money spent for developing the processor is High they would see it as an investment for the future.
And we can finally get fast charging in Xiaomi devices. Expect all the upcoming devices in India to feature this in-house Chipsets.