After a healthy wait and lots of anticipation, Xioami finally unveiled the Surge S1 chipset and Xiaomi Mi5C. Here are the first Antutu results.
Xiaomi launched the Xiaomi Mi5C as a budget variant of the current Xiaomi Mi5 flagship phone but to make the handset extra special they chose the phone to be the first device to come with their very own SoC.
Xiaomi Mi5C Antutu
The Surge S1 chipset is an octacore processor running 4 x Cortex A53 cores at 2.2Ghz and 4 at a lower 1.4Ghz. Like Qualcomm and Mediatek multicore processors, the Surge S1 is designed to use it’s more powerful cores for taxing applications and the slower (lower power) cores for day to day usage. Xiaomi also equipped the Surge S1 with a Mali T860 GPU and claims that the 28nm chipset is 40% more energy efficient than similar models.
So how does the performance of the Surge S1 chipset stack up against rival chipsets? Well the Xiaomi Mi5C with the S1 managed an Antutu benchmark score of 58,323 points. In comparison a Meditek Helio P20 manages around 64,143 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 60,948 points.
Obviously the Surge S1 chipset is way down on power compared to the rival SoC’s. One possible explanation could be that the phone tested was a pre-production model, and that production phones will see better optimisations and a better benchmark. There is also the case that Antutu isn’t a very accurate method of judging a phones performance and we really need to get the phone in our hands to see what it really performs like.
Xiaomi Mi5C Photo Samples
While the benchmarks aren’t all that spectacular, we are quite impressed with the camera samples that have been released. The Xiaomi Mi5C comes equipped with a rear 12 megapixel camera with a pixel size of 1.25 uM. The camera comes with optimisations for low-light shooting to reduce noise and enhance details.
Again we need a sample phone to get a good idea of how well the Xiaomi Mi5C camera really performs but these samples are very promising!