After countless leaks and numerous rumour claims, Xiaomi has finally unveiled the Mi 5c smartphone in China. What makes it special is the Company’s first in-house manufactured Surge S1 chipset which powers the phone. The Surge S1 is an octa-core chipset build with 28nm process and clocked at 2.2GHz. Earlier, it was claimed to be called Pinecone, but now it emerged as Surge.
The Xiaomi Mi 5c gets an all-metal unibody design and comes in three color options – Rose Gold, Gold, and Black. It sports a 5.15-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a 2.5D curved glass on the top. The device gets 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and an 8-megapixel front facing camera for capturing selfies.
The Xiaomi Mi 5c packs in a 2860mAh battery and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. However, Xiaomi has promised to provide Android Nougat update in March. The phone also houses a fingerprint print scanner integrated into the home button. It is a dual SIM phone and includes connectivity features such as 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac dual-band, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, USB Type-C, a 3.5mm audio jack, and FM radio.
Looking at the details of the Surge S1 chipset, it looks like a mid-budget processor, more of in-line with Helio P20 and Snapdragon 625. The Company also shared the Geekbench 4.0 CPU multi-core benchmark and GFXBench benchmark scores boasting about the benchmark numbers. According to benchmark scores, the Surge S1 beats both Snapdragon 625 and Helio P20. But it would be little early to say whether this chipset is as good as Snapdragon 625 or not.
Finally, coming to the pricing part, Xiaomi Mi 5c comes with a price tag of CNY 1,499 (Rs 15,000). Let’s just hope that the company launches this in India too. The company has also announced the Redmi 4x in China for the starting price of 699 (Rs 6795)