Xiaomi just announced Surge S1, its first in-house SoC at an event in China, as it had promised. This would make Xiaomi the second Chinese smartphone manufacturer only after Huawei to produce its own processing units.
The Surge S1 is made using TSMC’s 28nm HPc process technology. It is a 64-bit Octa-Core SoC with four high-performance ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and the other four power-efficient ARM Cortex-A53 cores are clocked at 1.4GHz. It has quad-core ARM Mali-T860 GPU, 32-bit DSP for voice processing, support for 4G VoLTE and more.
Xiaomi said that it took only 28 months for the processor from planning to large scale production and it is made by Xiaomi and Pinecone. “The design objectives are to balance performance and power efficiency and to produced in a large scale,” said the company.
Xiaomi says that it beats the 14nm Snapdragon 625 SoC and both MediaTek Helio P10 as well as Helio P20 SoCs in Geekbench 4.0 CPU multi-core benchmark and GFXBench Manhattan off-screen benchmark.
Highlights of Xiaomi Surge S1 SoC:
- 28nm HPc process
- 64-bit Octa-Core – Quad 2.2GHz A53 + Quad 1.4GHz A53 CPUs
- Quad-Core Mali-T860 GPU
- 32-bit high-performance DSP for voice processing
- 14-bit dual ISP for enhanced image processing capabilities
- Dual noise reduction algorithm reduces noise and preserves details in low light
- Surge ISP algorithm improves camera light sensitivity by 150%.
- OTA upgradable baseband offers continuous performance improvements, continuous improvements for fraudulent base station detection
- VoLTE support for high definition voice and video calls
- Chip-level security protects data integrity and prevents unauthorized network access while combining hardware and software measures to offer enhanced security.
The Xiaomi Mi 5c is the first smartphone that is powered by the new Surge S1 SoC.