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It’s been a few years Xiaomi made a custom chipsets, last time was in 2017 when it released an in-house smartphone SoC. Reports have it that the company could come up with a new silicon chip anytime soon.
A post by Xiaomi on Weibo on the March 26 mentioned a “self-developed chip” according to machine translation. However, the hints gotten from the posts by various Xiaomi executives all cited the term “surged” or “surging.”
Rumors reveal that Surge S1 is the manufacturer’s first and only commercially available custom smartphone. This implies that a new Surge chip is expected. But what should you expect from this?
Back in 2017, the Surge S1 was a full chipset used in the budget Mi 5C, so you’d think that a new Surge chip would be a full-blown smartphone processor too. But developing a SoC is a complex, expensive, and time-consuming task. It took years and loads of releases for companies like Huawei to develop a high-end processor. So there is every tendency Xiaomi is working on a less ambitious piece of silicon that sits alongside a standard Snapdragon processor.
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This was the same strategy Google used with its Pixel Neural Core and Pixel Visual Core, where the two Cores while working side by side with a flagship Qualcomm SoC helped boost machine learning and image processing. There is every possibility that Xiaomi could adopt this strategy where the custom Xiaomi chip would do the boosting letting a Snapdragon 800-series processor handle everything else.
The official Weibo post states that more information about what Xiaomi is offering will be divulged on March 29 which is the date for its product launch.
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