Xiaomi unveils the Surge S1, its first home-grown processor

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Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi just announced its in-house Surge S1 processor, earlier codenamed Pinecone. The SoC was built in collaboration with Beijing Pinecone Electronics, a company owned by the Chinese manufacturer.

The move is likely an attempt to reduce dependence on the likes of Qualcomm and MediTek. Besides, the fact that many other companies such as Apple, Samsung, and Huawei are manufacturing their own CPU’s, Xiaomi now joins the list of enterprises who produces home-grown smartphones processors.

“The ability to create its own chipsets is the pinnacle achievement for any smartphone company. For Xiaomi, the move is an essential next step in our development,” said Lei Jun, CEO, and co-founder of Xiaomi.

Apple has its own A series of chipsets. Apart from that, we have the likes of Samsung with its in-house Exynos chipsets. Even Huawei produces its own Kirin chipsets. And now it seems Xiaomi wants to hop onto to this bandwagon.

Surge S1: Specs and Features

The new Surge S1 is a mid-range SoC system on chip and will rival the likes of other mid-range processors such as the Snapdragon 625 and MediaTek P10 and P20.

The Surge S1 is built on the 64-bit architecture having eight cores. Also, it gets bundled with a quad-core Mali-T860 GPU. The company claims its in-house chipset is also equipped with an upgradeable baseband and supports VoLTE (Voice over LTE) HD calls.

Xiaomi also notes that its Surge S1 processor surpassed the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625, a chipset  deployed in the Redmi range of smartphones..

Being a mid-range CPU, it’s built using the 28nm manufacturing process which uses four Cortex A53 large cores along with four small ones, and gets bundled with Mali-T860 MP4 graphics processing unit with a clock speed of 800MHz. It’s not a top-of-the-line chipset, but more of an entry level CPU which uses Cortex A53 cores with max clock speeds at 2.2GHz. Xiaomi also said the Surge S1 comes with enhanced security along with the ability to eliminate background and static noise.

Though, it’s unclear whether the company plans to offer its in-house chipsets to other smartphone manufacturers as well. Industry experts, however, do suggest that Xiaomi’s new approach to manufacturing in-house processors would help the company in many other ways as well. For instance, it could improve its profit margin if it uses its self-designed processors in its smartphones. Also, the company won’t have to depend on Qualcomm and MediaTek.

Xiaomi also introduced the new Mi 5c, which became the first smartphone to feature the company’s in-house Surge S1 processor. The Mi 5c will cost 1499 yuan ($218) and goes on sale starting March 3.

Kanisha is an all-around geek who loves learning new stuff every day. With a background in computer science and a passion for web-based technologies and Gadgets, she focuses on writing about Web Trends, Smartphones and Tablets. You can contact her at kanisha@pc-tablet.com.

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