Xiaomi to Offer Surge S1 SoC to upcoming Mid-Range Nokia Phone
Since the release in the beginning of the year. The Xiaomi S1, an in house SoC provided designed for Xiaomi Mi 5c, had released with only for one phone. Now the SoC had likely to found it new home. As the HMD Global, The finnish company who own the IP of and brands of Nokia Handset, had settled the deal to bring Surge S1 chipset to upcoming Nokia phones. The report also suggests that the upcoming model from HMD would be Mid-Range one, nor hi-end or low-end model.
Surge S1 processor is an 64bit A53 octa-core. Those eight cores configured with 4 of 2.2 GHz High Performance cores and another 4 of 1.4 GHz High Efficiency cores. The GPU used for S1 is standard ARM Mali T-860. The chipset support moder
n feature for communication protocol such as VoLTE, high speed LTE modem with 150Mbps downstream and 50Mbps upstream.
While the chipset claimed to run faster than other mid-range from competitor like Qualcom’s Snapdragon 625 or MediaTek Helio P25. The S1 SoC still fall short to the competitor with the older 28nm fabrication process which result in reduced power efficiency. Another big let down for S1 is the immature software optimization like many users had experienced in Mi 5C.
Surge S1 Chipset comparison table with its competitors
The move to settle with S1 SoC from HMD is quite interesting for both HMD, Xiaomi and also Qualcomm. Its show that Xiaomi still commit to the plan to build they own chipset to counter-balance with Qualcomm SoC. It very interest to see chipset Xiaomi will be able to supply in the next iteration of Surge SoC.