In addition to the Redmi 4X, Chinese Xiaomi has also launched a new smartphone – the Mi 5c is Xiaomi’s first smartphone to be powered by the company’s own Surge S1 chipset.

Xiaomi Unveils First In-House SoC Chipset “Surge S1”

The Mi 5c features an ultra slim, lightweight body design that comes in a choice of colours; Gold, Rose Gold and Black. The device is powered by Xiaomi’s Surge S1; an octa-core 64-bit processor that runs up to 2.2GHz at max frequency. It is coupled with a 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

The Mi 5c comes with a 5.15-inch JDI display and 1.6mm ultra-thin bezels. Xiaomi says that using Surge S1 chipset allows the device to handle backlight optimization at chipset levels — up to 2048 ultra-precise brightness adjustment levels. It also comes with a large 1.25μm pixel size camera sensor which runs on Surge ISP algorithm, enhancing light sensitivity by up to 150%. The Mi 5c also comes with front fingerprint reader, 9V 2A fast charging battery, and only weighs 132g with its ultra-light metal body.


The 3GB+64GB version of the Mi 5c retails for ¥1,499 (~$218). According to Xiaomi, users who purchase the Mi 5c smartphone will be able to upgrade to Android 7 Nougat OS in March.

Xiaomi Mi 5c Key Specs

  • CPU: Powered by Surge S1, octa-core 64-bit processor (2.2GHz quad-core A53 + 1.4GHz quad-core A53)
  • Display: 5.15” display, 550-nit brightness, 2048 brightness levels with ultra-precise backlight controls
  • Design: Slim and light premium metal body: 132g and 7.09mm thin
  • Battery: 2860mAh battery; 9V/2A fast charging
  • Memory: 3GB + 64GB, dual-channel LPDDR3 + eMMC5.0
  • Camera: 1.25 micron pixel size, ultra light-sensitive 12MP camera
  • Features: Front fingerprint sensor