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Xiaomi hints at a debut for its new in-house chipset at the Mi 11 Ultra launch event

The original Surge chipset. (Source: Xiaomi)
The original Surge chipset. (Source: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi is slated to launch the Ultra version of the Mi 11, not to mention the latest generation of the Mi Mix line, on March 29, 2021. It now seems that another kind of product might take the stage alongside them: a new Surge SoC. This in-house chipset might be intended to power the next generation of the OEM's connected ecosystem devices.

A new Surge of Xiaomi silicon might be on the way. (Source: Weibo) Xiaomi will unveil a successor to the powerful and premium Mi 10 Ultra on March 29, 2021. Furthermore, for those looking for even more cutting-edge - possibly even foldable - features in their next super-expensive phone, a new Mi Mix is also now touted to finally launch at the OEM's upcoming event. However, according to its latest Weibo teaser. even that is not all.

Xiaomi's new poster and caption strongly suggests that it is also now poised to debut the next-gen Surge during this show. Therefore, it might be the next in this OEM's in-house line of system-on-chips (SoCs). The OEM does indeed describe it as "small self-developed chip" intended to make the OEM's "endless technological dreams" a reality (according to Google Translate, at least).

Based on these comments, not to mention the last we'd heard on the Surge project (which indicated a Bluetooth- or RFID-enabled nature for its future iterations), this can be taken to mean that this new Xiaomi component is intended for optimal integration into the company's next generation of connected and/or wireless products, as with Apple and its AirPods or HomePods.

Therefore, the potential 2021 Surge chipset might fit into a wide range of products, from IoT or smart-home gadgets to wearables. However, it is also possible that it may be destined for AI-powered gadgets instead: Xiaomi has indeed partnered with Songguo Electronics on this kind of technology in the past.

All in all, the prospect of a new Surge chipset implies a lot of potential for Xiaomi-tech fans, even for a series that has been obliged to leave its full mobile device processor origins behind. Then again, there is still a wait of just under 3 days from now (March 26, 2021) to find out for sure.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-03-27 (Update: 2021-03-27)
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