Xiaomi showcases its first ever in-house chipset – Surge S1

Just as teased and teased, right on the date, Xiaomi unveiled the Surge S1 – its first in-house chipset.

This is the lower-tier of the two Pinecone CPUs Xiaomi has planned and is built on a 28nm process. In comparison, the higher-end Pinecone V970 we’re waiting on will be built around the efficient 10nm process.

The Surge S1 has eight Cortex-A53 processing cores, four clocked at 2.2GHz and the other four – at a more battery-conscious 1.4GHz.

The graphics chip inside the Surge S1 is a quad-core Mali-T860 which makes an appearance in a lot of midrangers out there although in its…