Chinese smartphone firm Xiaomi Inc announced its first in-house designed chipset, named Surge S1, on Tuesday, as it works to streamline production, lower prices, and gain greater control over handset design to counter the impact of slowing sales.
Xiaomi is only the fourth phone-maker to design its own processor, but the launch device is underwhelming.
There’s plenty of speculation around the Mi6 while Xiaomi wowed the industry with the impressively designed Mi Max, yet here it is trotting out a budget version of last year’s flagship phone.
The Surge S1, deployed in Xiaomi’s newest smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi 5c, is the first chipset – which manages data flow – from the company’s wholly-owned chip research subsidiary, Beijing Pinecone Electronics.
The Xiaomi Mi 5c will retail at CNY 1,499 ($218 or roughly Rs. 14,500) from March 3. The Xiaomi Mi5C was announced on 28 February 2017 and will go on sale in China on 3 March 2017
Xiaomi MI 5C Special:
- 5.15-inch, 2,560×1,600-resolution display
- 5.6×2.7×0.27 inches (144.4×70.7×7.1mm)
- 2.2GHz octa-core Surge S1 processor
- 12 megapixel rear camera, 8 megapixel front-facing camera
- 3GB RAM
- 64GB of internal memory
- 2,860mAh non-removable battery
- Android 7.1 Nougat
- Rose, Gold, Black, Gold variations