Xiaomi’s in-house Surge S2 SoC leaked before MWC launch
Xiaomi’s next SoC, Surge S2 seems to have slipped out of the box and has been leaked before its apparent launch at the MWC 2018.
The Surge S2 will be the successor to the Surge S1 SoC that was launched at the same event, MWC 2017, last year. While the original in-house SoC was made use of in their Mi 5c which was made available in China. This new SoC is rumoured to power the Xiaomi Mi 6X, which is expected to be known as the Mi A2 worldwide just like the Mi 5X was known as Mi A1 elsewhere.
For now, this is all we know about the chip. The chip is based on TSMC’s 16mm manufacturing process and will have an octa-core processor. The SoC will have four Cortex-A73 cores running at 2.2GHz and four Cortex A-53 at 1.8GHz. On the GPU front, it will feature the Mali-G71 MP8 which is a massive improvement over the Mali-T860 used in the first generation of the Surge, the S1. From the build, it appears that Xiaomi is looking to peg the S2 on par with Huawei’s Kirin 960.
One main reason for Xiaomi was to streamline production and help them costs. As of now most of their phones use Snapdragon SoCs. Switching to their own processors can save them a great deal in terms of dollars and also reduce their dependency on Snapdragon for their needs. But quality and performance is something that Xiaomi will really have to strive for if it doesn’t want the customer to notice a difference in change of processors.