A week ago we showed you the Xiaomi Redmi S2 , a device that at the time we would not know if it would be such or in fact it was the Xiaomi Surge S2 , the renewal of the first SoC created by this Chinese company and that we have not yet seen included in any smartphone. Now we have new data about this processor , and the certain thing is that Xiaomi seems that it is doing its work very well and could soon get fully into the market of the processors for smartphones.
Being the Xiaomi Surge S1 a processor destined to compete in the purest mid-range and having as main rival the Snapdragon 625 of Qualcomm, we have taken to thinking about the consequences of Xiaomi continues to climb in power now that we know they have in hand.
Xiaomi wants to be more self-sufficient, and is that it is more than proven that to make your own components cheaper costs, and if not tell Samsung with its super AMOLED panels and memory chips or the same Huawei that increasingly tightens in the high-end with its Kirin SoCs.
Now Digitimes has filtered what would be the characteristics of the second processor of the company, which could be among us at the end of the month.
The Xiaomi Surge S2 will be a processor 8 cores composed by 4 cores Cortex-A73 and other 4 Cortex A-53 . The frequency of the first ones would be 2.2 GHz while the seconds would work to 1.8 GHz . Do you hear these specifications? Maybe, because they are the same as Snapdragon 660, even though Qualcomm uses optimized Kryo 260 kernels.
The GPU used would be in this case a Mali G71-MP8, which offers a pretty good performance even under demanding games, so we would be before a chip suitable for the most gamers. For its part, we would also have support for flash storage UFS2.1 and memory LPDDR4 , standing up to the most powerful mid-range.
The first Surge S1 yielded in a similar way to the Snapdragon 625 that we have seen in many smartphones of Xiaomi, among them the successful Xiaomi A1, so to think that Xiaomi could manufacture a processor similar to the Snapdragon 660 is an idea that we love.
Xiaomi would then compete with a processor that, according to Qualcomm itself, was born to belong to the 800 series, and that would make things very difficult for Huawei’s Kirin 960 as well. All without leaving purchases.
And is that making your own processor has many advantages, since Xiaomi could optimize your ROMS in a much more direct way to not depend on third-party drivers, which would contribute to a more refined operation on their phones.
They would also immediately have the processor kernel , so updates would be much easier to do, which together with Project Treble, could turn the next Xiaomi into devices with a large update speed , at the same time that the manufacturing costs would be cheaper and could be adjusted even more final prices of their phones.
In summary, if Xiaomi gets the batteries and creates a good software team that gets the most out of its hardware, this manufacturer could give a very important blow to the mid / high-end SoCs market, something that Mediatek and Qualcomm may not see with good eyes, since they would lose part of their client portfolio.
All the rumors suggest that the Xiaomi Surge S2 could be presented at the end of the month along with the Xiaomi Mi7 and the Xiaomi 8th Anniversary (if it comes into existence). It is clear that this event promises.