Xiaomi announces Mi5c, first smartphone to be powered by Surge1

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Xiaomi may not be in this year’s Mobile World Congress, but that did not stop the Chinese smartphone manufacturer from announcing Mi5c, the first smartphone to use SurgeS1, the company’s first-gen SoC chipset.

Mi5c is a smartphone based on the Mi5, a phone that they announced at last year’s Mobile World Congress. Here’s the full specs of the Mi5c.

  • 5.15 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, , 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 resolution @428ppi, 550-nit brightness
  • MIUI 8
  • Android 7.1 (Nougat)
  • Xiaomi Surge S1, octa-core 64-bit processor (2.2GHz quad-core A53 + 1.4GHz quad-core A53)
  • Mali-T860MP4 GPU
  • 64GB storage
  • 3GB RAM
  • Rear camera: 12 MP, f/2.2, 27mm, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, 1080p@30fps video
  • Front camera: 8 MP, f/2.2, 27mm, 1080p
  • Network: GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • Dual SIM (Nano-SIM)
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1 A2DP
  • USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • Sensors: fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Dimensions: 144.4mm x 69.7mm x 7.1 mm
  • Weight: 132 g
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2860 mAh Li-Ion charging battery
  • Colors: Black, Gold, Rose Gold

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The Mi5C will be sold for RMB 1,499, in China and its unclear if the phone will be available internationally. Aside from Mi5c, the company also provided additional details on their own chip set, the Surge1. So what the heck is Surge1, its a SoC that Xiami have been developing for more than a year now.

Surge1 is based on ARM architecture, similar to Apple’s A series chips, built on the 28nm process and can run up to 2.2GHz. Surge1 is a 64-bit octa-core SoC with ARM Cortex-A53 cores that are clocked at 1.4GHz.

I’ve embedded Xiaomi’s announcement below;

It’s unclear if Xiaomi will allow 3rd party manufacturer to use Surge1 to power their own device or if the chipset is exclusive to Xiaomi only. With the announcement of Surge1, Xiaomi will join Apple, Huawei and Samsung as the only smartphone manufacturer to design and develop their own chipset.

Last modified: February 28, 2017

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