Xiaomi has been working on its own in-house chipsets for quite some time now. Last year in February, the company had unveiled the Surge S1 chipset that powered the Mi 5c in China. The phone remained exclusive to the company’s native country. However, a fresh leak spotted earlier today on Chinese social networking site, Weibo, by mysmartprice, indicated Xiaomi is close to launching the successor to the chipset soon.
Named the Surge S2, the chipset will reportedly power the upcoming Mi 6X phone which will launch as the Xiaomi Mi A2 in global markets including India. The Surge S2 chipset will reportedly be announced at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona in February.
According to the post, the Surge S2 will be a mid-range SoC manufactured on TSMC’s 16nm fabrication process, which will make it more efficient than the previous Surge S1. Like most other chipsets in the market, the Surge S2 will have an Octa-core setup with four high performance ARM Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four efficiency cores of ARM Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz.
The chipset will have a Mali G71MP8 GPU which is a big update over its predecessor. The Soc will also support LPDDR4 memory and the latest UFS 2.1 storage standard. Apparently, the performance of the Surge S2 SoC will be at par with Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 960, the flagship chipset of the company in 2016.
The Surge S2 will reportedly power the Xiaomi Mi 6X which is the successor to the Mi 5X which was ultimately launched as the Mi A1 in India under the Android One program. Going by that, it is safe to assume the Mi 6X will launch as the Mi A2 in India and other global markets. However, it’s not clear whether the upcoming Mi A2 will sport the in-house processor as of now.