In 2017, Xiaomi announced the first smartphone with its own processor: the Mi 6C with Surge S1 on board. Now, it seems that the company is working on the launch of its successor: Surge S2. The S1 is not a flagship-level chipset: it is a mid-range SoC which offers a similar level of performance to Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and MediaTek Helio P20. On AnTuTu benchmarks, it gets a slightly higher score than its two main rivals. According to rumors, its successor should be on par with Huawei’s Kirin 960, which is the chipset found on the Huawei P10 and Mate 9 series (Honor 9 as well).
Fresh reports are suggesting that Xiaomi has increased orders at several Taiwanese manufacturers in the IT supply chain. Among these, there are TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), Largan Precision, Inventec and Foxconn. The Surge S2 processor has been mentioned in an alleged contract signed by the Chinese company with TSMC, and this is what is making everyone think that the company is developing its next proprietary SoC. Reports are also suggesting that the SoC will be realized by TSMC with a 16 nm production process.
It will allegedly be composed of four powerful Cortex A73 with a max frequency of 2.2 GHz and four less powerful Cortex A53 with a clock frequency of 1.8 GHz: so, it is expected to sport an octa-core design. The CPUs will supposedly be paired with a Mali G71 MP8 GPU. Even though Xiaomi Surge S2 will be a mid-range processor, it is expected to support UFS 2.1 storages and LPPDR4 RAM. The Surge S1 did not have so much success, but do note that the Xiaomi Mi 6c was the only handset released with this chipset.
Do you think its successor will be able to compete with Qualcomm and MediaTek latest SoCs just like Huawei’s Kirin line-up?