Last year in February, Xiaomi introduced its first in-house SoC called the Mi Surge S1, in partnership with Pinecone. The first smartphone to be powered by the SoC was the Xiaomi Mi 5C. Now, fresh leaks suggest that the company might launch the alleged Surge S2 chipset at MWC 2018 next month.
According to MyDrivers, the Xiaomi Surge S2 SoC will be more powerful than its predecessor. The SoC will be based on TSMC’s 16nm fabrication processor. The Surge S2 will feature eight cores with four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores with a clock speed of 1.8GHz. The graphics performance will be provided by a Mali G71-MP8 GPU.
The report also suggests that the Xiaomi Surge S2 processor will support UFS2.1 type memory chips and won’t support CDMA networks. Looking at the leaked specifications, the Xiaomi Surge S2 SoC will be as powerful as Huawei’s in-house Kirin 960 processor. Reports in the past have revealed that the mass production of Surge S2 was expected to begin in Q3.
To recap, the first-generation Surge S1 is an octa-core SoC with four ARM Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and the other four ARM Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.4GHz.
While rumors suggested that Xiaomi Mi 6C will be the first smartphone to be powered by Xiaomi Surge S2 processor, recent leaks claim that the Surge S2 could first launch with Mi 6X. Xiaomi Mi 6X is also speculated to launch globally as Xiaomi Mi A2.