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Xiaomi’s First In-House SoC Chipset “Surge S1” Unveiled – Features, Details

As promised, Xiaomi announced its first in-house SoC dubbed as Surge S1 at an event in China. With this, Xiaomi joins three other smartphones OEM’s namely Apple (A series), Samsung (Exynos SoC), & Huawei (Kirin SoC) to design its own In-House SoC chipset. This also makes Xiaomi the second Chinese smartphone manufacturer only after Huawei to produce its own chipset.


The Surge S1 is an Octa-Core SoC with four high-performance ARM Cortex A53 cores clocking at the rate of 2.2GHz and there is other four Cortex A53 cores for power efficiency which clocks at 1.4GHz. There is a big one.LITTLE structure to use all these eight cores efficiently.


According to Xiaomi, the new chipset beats the 14nm Snapdragon 625 and both MediaTek Helio P10 as well as P20 in Geekbench 4.0 CPU multi-core benchmark and GFXBench Manhattan off-screen benchmark tests.



Surge S1 Full Specifications –

  • 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 upgradable
  • VoLTE high-quality call and video support
  • Chip-level security; TEE architecture, strict compliance with safety regulations
  • Antutu score 64,817

With the announcement of Xiaomi’s chipset, most of you wondering whether the Snapdragon is better than Surge S1 or MediaTek is better than Surge S1. However, the users can soon experience the Surge S1 as the company announced its first smartphone dubbed as ‘Xiaomi Mi 5c’ which will be powered by Surge S1 SoC at the same event.

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