Xiaomi had been teasing its own SoC in the recent few days and finally, the first smartphone to be powered by the in-house designed processor is launched by the company in China. The Xiaomi Mi 5c is official and it is powered by Surge S1, the company’s in-house designed SoC (system-on-chip).

Having their own SoC means Xiaomi gets to control a few functions that were not possible with a third party one, according to the company. The backlight optimization is now possible, up to 2048 precise brightness adjustment levels, and the Surge ISP algorithm helps enhance the light sensitivity by 150% when taking pictures.

The Xiaomi Mi 5c comes with a 5.15-inch display with the 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) and it has 550-nit brightness, 2048 brightness levels with ultra-precise backlight controls. The device boasts 1.6mm ultra-thin bezels. Internally, as mentioned above, the Mi 5c has Surge S1 SoC, an octa-core processor with 2.2GHz quad-core A53 + 1.4GHz quad-core A53 CPUs, and along with that is 3GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage.

Xiaomi Mi 5c camera

With the build, Xiaomi has got rid of the glass body that the flagship Mi 5 had got, and instead, an ultra-light metal body is seen, and the device weighs about 132gm.

The Xiaomi Mi 5c has a 12-megapixel camera on the back with 1.25-micron pixel size and the Surge ISP Algorithm increases the light sensitivity by about 150%. There’s a single frame HDR option and the camera also has multi-shot optimization where the best shot out of five captured is selected. On the front is an 8-megapixel camera for selfies.

Xiaomi Mi 5c color

As for the OS, the phone has MIUI based on Android Marshmallow but the company says that the Android 7.1 upgrade will be available in March and the MIUI developer ROM is already available. The phone comes with a 2860 mAh battery with 9V/2A fast charging. The phone has the fingerprint sensor on the front, just like on the Xiaomi Mi5.

The Mi 5c will be available in rose gold, gold, and black options. The price for the phone is set at RMB 1499 in China (around Rs. 14500), though we are not sure if it will be going to any other markets.