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Xiaomi's Surge S1 SoC could find possible takers in the upper-midrange segment

The Surge S1 aims to balance performance and power-efficiency for upper-mid range handsets. (Source: Fonearena)
The Surge S1 aims to balance performance and power-efficiency for upper-mid range handsets. (Source: Fonearena)
The S1 Surge SoC hopes to carve its own space in the hotly contested ARM processor market with a likely launch on some upcoming Nokia phones.

HMD Global, the company that now has the license to the Nokia brand, is contemplating on using the Xiaomi's new Surge S1 SoC in its future handsets. The S1 is being positioned as a contender to the MediaTek Helio P10, P20, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoCs which form the bulk of the upper-mid tier handsets currently produced. Therefore, it is likely that future mid-range Nokias might feature this new SoC which is developed in-house by Xiaomi's subsidiary, Pinecone. 

The Surge S1 is manufactured using a TSMC 28nm HPc fabrication process. It features a Cortex A53 Octa-Core SoC with four cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and four clocked at 1.4 GHz based on ARM's big.LITTLE architecture. It also features a 32-bit Digital Signal Processor (DSP) for audio and a Mali T860 GPU which was shown to beat its Qualcomm and MediaTek rivals by a fair margin. The processor's baseband or modem firmware can also be upgrade over-the-air to enable continuous improvements.

What is not clear however, is the likely availability of the Surge S1 powered Nokia handsets. The Xiaomi Mi 5c is the first handset featuring the new chipset but that is restricted mostly to the Chinese market. Globally availability will  depend on whether Xiaomi is able to accommodate the varying LTE bands across the world. 

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-07- 6 (Update: 2017-07- 6)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.