There have been lots of rumors and speculations about the Xiaomi Mi 5C, but the phone is finally here and as expected, there are quite a number of surprises on board.
For starters, the Xiaomi Mi 5C will be the first ever phone to be powered by an in-house processor known as Pinecone Surge S1. While the exact name of the processor is new, the details of the SoC have been floating around for quite some time now.
The Surge S1 is an octa-core chipset that has four A53 cores clocked at a speed of 2.2GHz and another four A53 cores clocked at a speed of 1.4GHz. This SoC is paired with a Mali-T860 MP4 graphics processing unit and is based on the 64-bit architecture. The chipset also comes with support for VoLTE, which is one of the most sought after features in the modern mobile communication era.
As for the technical specs, the Xiaomi Mi 5C ships with a 5.15-inch display screen, keeping up with the size used on the Mi 5S and the original Mi 5 that was unveiled at the company’s only ever MWC appearance in 2016. The resolution stays at Full HD and the Surge S1 SoC is paired with a RAM of 3GB alongside 64GB of expandable storage.
Software-wise, the new Xiaomi Mi 5C has Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, making it only the third phone to come preinstalled with this OS after Google Pixel and recently BlackBerry KEYone. The OS is also upgradable, meaning that getting the upcoming v7.1.2 and Android 8.0 should be a guarantee for those who purchase this phone.
The back has a decent 12MP lens with ultra-sensitive capabilities while the front snapper comes with an 8MP lens with smart beauty 3.0. To keep it alive is a 2850mAh battery unit that is supported by the company’s proprietary fast charging technology. The body is made of metal and weighs 132g.
In terms of pricing, you can have the Xiaomi Mi 5C for CNY 1499, which is about $220. The phone will go on sale in China starting this week Friday. As for availability in other regions, Xiaomi has yet to confirm the details, but it should do so in the coming days.