Xiaomi Mi5c is officially announced with company’s first-ever in-house designed SoC chipset, Surge S1. The Xiaomi Mi5c is a blend of premium metal and high-quality display that’s neatly paired with decent hardware but looks closer to that of the iPhone 6 than a Xiaomi smartphone except the home button. But the Xiaomi Mi5C is surely a looker.
Xiaomi Mi5c Design
Featuring a 5.15″ JDI display with a total brightness going up to 550 nits, it is surely bright enough to see the screen even in sunlight. The device has 1.6mm ultra-thin bezels to count under the “near-bezelless smartphone category.” There’s a fingerprint reader embedded in the home button with a unique button design.
There’s a camera module at the back with an LED flash. The Xiaomi Mi5c includes a 12 MP main photo sensor with 1.25 μm photosites, all accompanied by noise reduction technology and an 8 megapixel front camera for selfies. According to the company, the camera sensor is going to be extremely sensitive to light, which will deliver an advantage to users who are shooting images and footage in low-light environments. The 1.25-micron pixel size, allows more light to enter thus producing a clear & sharp image as compared to other smartphones in the market.
Xiaomi Mi5c Specifications & Hardware
The Xiaomi Mi5c is powered by the company’s first in-house SoC, Surge S1 Octa-core 64-bit processor clocked at 2.2Ghz (4xA53 cores 2.2GHz + 4xA53 cores 1.4GHz); Accompanied by 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The Surge S1 has an Antutu score of 64,817, which is better than Snapdragon 625. It packs a Mali-T860 quad-core GPU which has a 40% improved power efficiency (compared to the previous-gen Mali-T760) when running graphic intensive apps. The company’s in-house SoC has allowed chipset level brightness optimization. The Mi5c has 2048 brightness adjustments level to adjust brightness as per the environment.
It comes with a decent 2,860mAh battery is expected to keep it powered for a whole day. One interesting thing is, Xiaomi Mi5c supports 9V/2A fast-charging; which means Xiaomi might be using its own custom circuit to circulate current throughout the smartphone.
The Xiaomi Mi5c packs a 32-bit high performance DSP for better voice processing for calls, and also dual microphones for better noise reduction. The 14-bit dual ISP enhances image processing capabilities and our Surge ISP algorithm improves camera light sensitivity by up to 150% and the dual noise reduction algorithm also preserves detail in low light.
Pricing and availability
The Xiaomi Mi5c will be available for 200€ ($220/Rs. 14,000), the addition of the Surge S1 chipset might have allowed Xiaomi to reduce the cost of Mi5c. The all new Mi5c will be available in three colors, Rose gold, gold & Black. I personally like the black variant as it looks more premium.
However, there’s no official news about when the device will be available Internationally. The device looks very promising and surely worth the price. But that’s all because of the on paper specs, it would be interesting to find out how well the device performs in real condition especially the camera & the new SoC.