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We know that there are a lot of smartphone manufacturers in this world. However, only a few of them have their own SoC. A SoC, or system-on-a-chip to give its full name, integrates almost all of these components into a single silicon chip. Along with a CPU, SoC usually contains a GPU (a graphics processor), memory, USB controller, power management circuits, and wireless radios (WiFi, 3G, 4G LTE, and so on). Manufacturers who have successfully implemented their own chips include market leaders Samsung with its “Exynos”, Apple with its “A” series, and Huawei with its own "Kirin" processor. Xiaomi will be the 4th player joining them very soon.
We first heard news of Xiaomi developing its own chips in mid-2015 when the vice president of the processor manufacturer Leadcore announced a partnership with Xiaomi to help it design them. Today we are really excited and proud to announce that Xiaomi is going to lift the lid on the details about its own "Pinecone" SoC on 28th February! This would make Xiaomi the second Chinese smartphone manufacturer only after Huawei to produce its own processing units.
Note: The updates are posted in reverse order.
Redmi 4X has a full metal body and comes with a fingerprint sensor. Thanks to an overall design upgrade, the 4100mAh powerhouse has never looked better. 2.5D curved glass and slimmer, tapered edges deliver great hand feel. Redmi 4X is fueled by Snapdragon 435 processor where the standby time could be up to 18 days and 2 days on daily usage.
- Powered by Snapdragon 435 1.4 GHz, Adreno 505
- Premium metal body and 2.5D curved glass
- 4100 mAh battery
- Up to 128GB expandable storage
- 2 GB+16GB ￥699 ($102) , 3GB+32 GB￥899 ($130)
Click here to know more about Redmi 4X
▲ Lei Jun announced the second Mi product launched today, Redmi 4X.
Meet Mi 5c - it's ultra slim, lightweight, and powered by Surge S1, our first-ever in-house designed SoC chipset. It comes with a 5.15" JDI display and 1.6mm ultra-thin bezels. Having our own chipset means we're able to now handle backlight optimization at chipset levels — up to 2048 ultra-precise brightness adjustment levels. It also comes with a large 1.25μm pixel size camera sensor which runs on Surge ISP algorithm, which enhances light sensitivity by up to 150%. The Mi 5c also comes with front fingerprint sensor, 9V 2A fast charging, and is only 132g with its ultra-light metal body. The 3GB+64GB version retails for RMB 1,499. Like it?
- Powered by Surge S1, octa-core 64-bit processor (2.2GHz quad-core A53 + 1.4GHz quad-core A53)
- 5.15” display, 550-nit brightness, 2048 brightness levels with ultra-precise backlight controls
- Slim and light premium metal body: 132g and 7.09mm thin
- 2860mAh battery; 9V/2A fast charging
- 3GB + 64GB, dual-channel LPDDR3 + eMMC5.0
- 1.25 micron pixel size, ultra light-sensitive 12MP camera
- Single-frame HDR
- Front fingerprint sensor
- RMB 1,499
Band supported for now :
- China Mobile 2G/3G/4G, supports VoLTE 16Khz
- China Unicom 2G
- TD–SCDMA 34/39
- TDD–LTE 38/39/40/41
Upgradable baseband; programmable modem, OTA upgradable
▲Today, it's more than a processor. The next product to be launched today, is Mi 5c. It is also the first Mi phone to be powered by Surge S1. It comes in 3 colors.
Xiaomi's First In-House SoC Chipset "Surge S1"
A surge of greatness: Today Xiaomi just unveiled Surge S1, our first-ever SoC chipset designed in-house by Xiaomi that delivers performance and power efficiency. Xiaomi is only one of 4 leading smartphone companies to create a chipset designed and developed in-house.
The Surge S1 is an octa-core 64-bit processor that runs up to 2.2GHz at max frequency. The Mali-T860 quad-core GPU has a 40% improved power efficiency (compared to the previous-gen Mali-T760) when running graphic intensive apps. We've also packed in a 32-bit high performance DSP for better voice processing for calls, and also dual microphones for noise reduction so your voice can be clearly heard. The 14-bit dual ISP enhances image processing capabilities and our Surge ISP algorithm improves camera light sensitivity by up to 150% and the dual noise reduction algorithm also preserves detail in low light. Having an upgradable baseband means having VoLTE definition voice call and more secure against fraudulent base stations.
Check it out:
- 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
▲ A surge of greatness. Xiaomi's First In-House SoC Chipset "Surge S1" Unveiled !
▲ Two days later, at 1.57 am, 26th September 2015. We managed to light up the screen !
▲ A historical moment at 1.43 am, 24th September 2015 when we managed to make the first call with our very own SoC.
▲ To research and develop a SoC is never an easy task, why Xiaomi still insists to make one?
▲ Here comes the exciting moment of the launch event, the first generation of SoC made by Xiaomi and Pinecone!
▲ We have put in a lot of effort in R&D these few years. Currently Xiaomi has a total of 3612 patents where1767 of them are global patents.
▲ According to BCG, Xiaomi is ranked on 35th in Most Innovative Companies in the world
▲ Mi MIX obtained numerous awards from tech media from all around the world! Most of us are impressed with Mi MIX's design and some tech media even said that an iPhone 8 is launched ahead
▲ Lei Jun is on the stage right now and he started to present his speech. Innovation is in Xiaomi's DNA and this could be seen in Mi MIX and Mi Note 2 product.
▲ The familiar "Mi" logo could be spotted on the stage. Music and lighting all ready for the show at China National Convention Center.
▲Our launch event's entrance ticket and goodies bag. Can you guess what are the door gifts prepared for our Mi Fans?
▲ Our launch event will begin on 14:00 GMT+8, are you ready to excited and curious to know more about Xiaomi's SoC? How many new Mi products will be revealed? Stay tuned with us !
What do you think about Surge S1? Which new product do you want?