Xiaomi earlier this year debuted its first in-house designed and developed Surge 1 chipset, joining a rare class of smartphone brands that includes the likes of Huawei and Samsung to have offer own processors. So far, the company had only one smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi 5c, running the in-house processor. Back then it was safely predicted that the Surge 1 will stay within the Xiaomi ecosystem, reports from China have revealed the company has secured Nokia as a customer for its in-house chipset. Also Read - MIUI 13 design teased ahead of launch via latest MIUI File Manager updateAlso Read - Nokia X20, X10 India launch hinted by local website, could break into 5G handset market
The partnership will reportedly pave way for Nokia to offer mid-range smartphones with Surge 1 chipsets. While there s no word on the availability or reference specifications of a Surge 1-based Nokia smartphone, speculations are rife such a smartphone could debut by end of this year or early 2018, depending on the lineup HMD Global has scheduled for the coming months. The information comes through a Chinese tipster, @Reviewer_ on Weibo.
Just to recap, the Xiaomi Surge S1 is custom made for mid-range smartphones. It is based on 28nm process and has eight cores. The chipset comes with four ARM Cortex-A53 cores 2.2 GHz and four ARM Cortex A53 clocked at 1.4 GHz. The cores are divided depending on performance and power efficiency. The 64-bit chipset comes paired with Mali T860 MP4 GPU and supports VoLTE (Voice over LTE).
Apart from speed, the chipset also improves the camera performance. It features an in-house 14-bit dual image signal processor (ISP) which is mainly for low-light photography. The feature increases light sensitivity by up to 150 and coupled with a ‘dual noise reduction algorithm’ improves photography in low-light.
The Xiaomi Surge S1 competes against Qualcomm s mid-range centric Snapdragon 625 processor. The chipset has also scored a high ranking in AnTuTu benchmark scores when paired against Snapdragon 625, the MediaTek P20, and MediaTek P10 chipsets, which offer similar functionalities.
The reported partnership comes in the wake of reports that Xiaomi is already working on the successor to the Surge S1 chipset. Conveniently dubbed as the Surge S2, the chipset is believed to a significant upgrade over the current version. According to reports, the chipset will be manufactured by TSMC and will be based on much finer 16nm process node. The Surge S2 is expected to be officially announced in the third quarter of this year. As AndroidHeadlines points out, Nokia could very well use the newer variant of the Surge chipset for its future smartphones. ALSO READ: Xiaomi after-sales service in India: A closer look at the company’s efforts towards customer satisfaction
Nokia s decision to select Xiaomi s Surge chipsets for its future mid-range smartphones is quite interesting. It is worth noting that Nokia has so far used MediaTek and Snapdragon chipsets on its phones. Well, MediaTek and Qualcomm are the top players in the mobile SoC segment. Even though the likes of Samsung and Huawei have in-house chipsets, not all of their phones run on them. For Xiaomi, the partnership will open a new window of opportunity to become a key SoC vendor in the global market.