Xiaomi may have absented itself from the high-octane phone event of this year – the Mobile World Congress, but the Chinese biggie has managed to garner headlines, owing to the launch of its first in-house chipset – Surge S1.
The newly-launched Surge S1 processor is one of the two Xiaomi’s Pinecone processors and is built on 28nm process. The higher end Pinecone V970 is expected to built on 10nm process. Surge S1 is an Octa-Core 64-bit energy-efficient processor, aimed at bettering the call quality and improving pictures with enhanced low-light shooting and increased light sensitivity. The processor comprises 8 Cortex-A53 processing cores, four of which are tuned at 2.2GHz, and the remaining at 1.4GHz. Surge S1 has the quad-core Mali-T860 graphic card.
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun, in an official statement, said:
“For Xiaomi, the move is an essential next step in our development. In order to deliver on our promise to make innovation available to everyone, we need to master the core technologies of our industry and tightly integrate the development of our hardware with our software, helping us to make even better smartphones that will consistently surprise the industry and delight consumers.”
Xiaomi’s Surge S1 is an attempt by the company to cut down its reliance on chipset companies like Qualcomm and Intel. The smartphone maker has already dived in the domain to test the waters and is expected to touch the depths of the chipset industry with its second Pinecone processor, reportedly built on 10nm process.
The Xiaomi Surge S1 will power up its next device – Xiaomi Mi 5c, which has been announced alongside.
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