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Rumor | Xiaomi will launch flagship phones with even more custom silicon in 2022

Xiaomi launches the Surge C1. (Source: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi launches the Surge C1. (Source: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi launched its first-gen in-house image signalling processor (ISP) as part of a 2021 flagship smartphone. Now, a famous leaker claims that its second generation is in the works, and may be responsible for things besides cameras. It might thus help deliver certain next-gen specs with which the OEM's upcoming top-end mobile devices are linked.

Xiaomi joined the ranks of electronics OEMs that can boast of its own in-house chipset in 2021 with the introduction of the Surge C1, which debuted as the Mix Fold's dedicated "professional" ISP. Now, the prolific leaker Digital Chat Station asserts that this chip's successor will emerge in 2022 as a component with potentially expanded functionality and power.

The (Google-translated) text of one of the legendary tipster's latest Weibo post can be interpreted as referencing a new, "dual-core" member of the Surge series to be incorporated into an upcoming flagship phone. Furthermore, this second-gen component may be responsible for charging as well as imaging on the device.

Incidentally, Xiaomi is also linked to rumors of improved technology that could lead to 150W charging in an upcoming flagship. It could thus allow the phone in question to outstrip even the top-end 120W speeds of the 12 series; therefore, it might stand to reason that an even faster standard could benefit from its own controller to protect against events such as overheating.

As to the phone that could boast this new tech, the Mix 5 Pro, 12 Ultra or Mix Fold 2 are the best candidates at present. On the other hand, this is mostly the stuff of speculation for now.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-02-21 (Update: 2022-02-21)