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Overview on Xiaomi 5C with Surge S1

By Avery Pacheco, 20/03/2017, updated on 14/01/2022

Xiaomi has just launched Mi 5c, the company's chance to show off what its newly unveiled in-house octa-core Surge S1 processor can do. Starting with the Mi 5c, this launch marks a major milestone for Xiaomi, as this is the first smartphone to launch featuring the company's in house mobile application processor – the Surge S1. Although not the highest end chip on the market, the Surge S1 shows that Xiaomi is looking to compete with Samsung and Huawei with the development of its own in-house SoCs, and sets up some exciting prospects going forward.

The Mi 5C Key Specs:

5.15-inch, 2,560x1,600-resolution display5.6x2.7x0.27 inches (144.4x70.7x7.1mm)2.2GHz octa-core Surge S1 processor12 megapixel rear camera, 8 megapixel front-facing camera3GB RAM64GB of internal memory2,860mAh non-removable batteryAndroid 7.1 NougatRose Gold, Black, Gold variations


Xiaomi Mi 5c features a 5.2 inches IPS LCD 1080 x 1920 pixels display and a Quad Core Processor 3GB RAM Snapdragon 820 processor paired with and 32 GB / 64 GB native storage capacity. It is powered by Android 7.1 Nougat.

In addition, Xiaomi Mi 5c comes with a 13MP main snapper at its rear and an 8MP front-facing selfie shooter. There is a Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery powering the phone with support for USB Yes, microUSB v2.0 and Dual SIM (Nano SIM).


There are three color options you can choose from – rose gold, gold and black. As you see, there is no silver option. This device comes with more rounded body. It's been made for better single-hand operations as well as for better appearance. Its display is covered with a 2.5D arc glass, which makes the phone look and act like higher-end models.

The Mi 5c has a 12 megapixel rear (primary) camera, which will produce high quality photos. Its 8 megapixel front camera makes it a great choice for selfies. It can capture 1080p high definition video with its primary camera, which is second only to 4K in terms of recording quality.

Xiaomi 5C Appearance


The Xiaomi Mi 5C is equipped with a 1.25μm 12MP camera on the rear. Xiaomi calls it Night Eye and says it features high quality dual noise reduction algorithm that preserves detail in low light. The Surge ISP algorithm also helps to improve camera light sensitivity by up to 150%. So whether you are taking pictures under very bright light or under low-light conditions, you should end up with clean and clear images. The front facing camera is an 8MP shooter with 36 intelligent and real-time beauty modes that produces selfies showing you in your best moment.


Important Feature - Surge S1

Xiaomi 5C packs the company's first in-house processor – Surge S1. Xiaomi has announced the launch of Surge S1, the telecom company's first in-house chipset, in an attempt to revive the prospects of its ailing smartphone business.

Though notable by its absence from the year's biggest phone show, Mobile World Congress, Xiaomi's has unveiled the Surge S1 processor to power its latest smartphone, the Mi 5C.

"The ability to create its own chipsets is the pinnacle achievement for any smartphone company," Lei Jun, chief executive and co-founder of Xiaomi, said in a statement.

"For Xiaomi, the move is an essential next step in our development. In order to deliver on our promise to make innovation available to everyone, we need to master the core technologies of our industry," he added.

Surge 1

Surge S1 is a mid-range SoC. The company claims it will top Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 in terms of performance. The 64-bit capable chip is made on the 28 nm HPC process, and also pairs with a quad-core Mali-T860 GPU. According to Xiaomi, it offers "upgradable baseband" along with security against fraudulent base stations.

There's also support for VoLTE (voice over LTE) HD calls, which comes alongside improved static and background noise-reduction capabilities.