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 said.

Xiaomi Mi 5c Specifications

Alongside 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. 

Coming 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.

Other 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.

This essentially means that Xiaomi’s devices will get cheaper as it will 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. 

Source: shanghaidaily, financialexpress

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