CHINESE smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc announced its
first in-house designed chipset yesterday, as it works to streamline
production, lower prices and gain greater control over handset design to
counter the impact of slowing sales.
The Surge S1, deployed in Xiaomi’s newest smartphone, the Mi 5C, is
the first chipset — which manages data flow — from the company’s wholly
owned chip research subsidiary, Beijing Pinecone Electronics.
|Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun presents the Surge S1, its first in-house designed chipset, at a launch event in Beijing.|
“We need to master the core technologies of our industry and tightly
integrate the development of our hardware with our software helping us
to make even better smartphones,” Xiaomi Chief Executive Officer Lei Jun
Xiaomi Mi 5c Specifications
Surge S1, Xiaomi also launched Mi 5c in a metal body with a 5.15-inch
display with a resolution of 1080x1920pixels at a pixel density of
428ppi. The headset is powered by the Surge S1 chipset which is coupled
with 3GB of RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage. The smartphone measures 7.09mm
thick and weighs 135g.
to the camera, the Xiaomi Mi 5c houses a 12-megapixel camera with a
f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus, geo-tagging, touch focus,
face detection, HDR, panorama, and LED flash. There is also an
8-megapixel front camera with a f/2.0 aperture.
key specifications include a 2860mAh battery that supports fast
charging, a fingerprint scanner integrated into the home button. and
dual-SIM support for two Nano SIM cards.
not be dependent on other countries to get its processors. The Xiaomi
Mi 5c will come at a price of 1,500 Yuan (around Rs 15,000), while the
Xiaomi Mi 5 costs around 2,700 Yuan. The phone will be launched in China
on March 3.