Xiaomi launches Surge S1-powered Mi 5C, new Redmi 4X with Snapdragon 435 SoC; all you need to know

After weeks of speculations, Xiaomi has finally unveiled the Mi 5c, mid-range model of the original flagship Mi 5 series and also a new Redmi 4X variant in China on Tuesday (February 28).

The highlight of the metal-clad Xiaomi Mi 5c is its processor. It comes with company’s first in-house built Pinecone Surge S1 octa-core, which can clock a staggering 2.2GHz speed. It is backed sumptuous 3GB RAM, 64GB inbuilt storage and a 2,860mAh with fast-charging capability.

With the launch of Surge S1, Xiaomi becomes only the fourth smartphone manufacturer in the world to create a chipset that has been designed and developed in house.

“The ability to create its own chipsets is the pinnacle achievement for any smartphone company. For Xiaomi, the move is an essential next step in our development. In order to deliver on our promise to make innovation available to everyone, we need to master the core technologies of our industry and tightly integrate the development of our hardware with our software, helping us to make even better smartphones that will consistently surprise the industry and delight consumers,” Lei Jun, CEO and co-founder of Xiaomi, said in a statement.

Based on the Geekbench v4.0 performance benchmarking scores, Xiaomi’s Surge S1 is said to be superior compared to the Qualcomm 625 octa-core and MediaTek Helio P20 and P10 series, as well.