Xiaomi Mi 5C, First In-House Surge S1 Powered Smartphone Announced with $218 Pricing

Most smartphone companies are present at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 event in Barcelona, Spain to announce new devices. However, Xiaomi organized its own event today at the National Convention Center, Beijing to announce its first in-house chipset called Surge S1. The new chipset powers the new midrange smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi 5C.

Xiaomi Mi 5C Specifications

The chassis of Xiaomi Mi 5C is made up of metal that sports rounded corners. Its dimensions are 144.4 x 69.7 x 7.1 mm and its weight is 132 grams. The smartphone features a 5.15-inch display that produces a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.

It is fitted with 16 LEDs which allows the screen to produce an impressive 550-nit brightness. The Reading Mode feature decreases the blue light of the screen to cause less strain to the eyes. Other features of the display include 1500:1 contrast ratio and 94.4 percent NTSC color gamut.

Xiaomi Mi 5C

The Mi 5C is powered by Surge S1 that is built with a 28nm manufacturing process. It has eight Cortex A53 cores, out of which the first four cores clock at 2.2 GHz and the remaining ones clock at 1.4 GHz. The SoC also features Mali-T860 graphics. The Surge S1 is coupled with 3 GB of RAM.

The native storage of the smartphone is 64 GB and there is no microSD card slot on the device. It comes preinstalled with Android 7.1 Nougat OS and the latest version of MIUI. For photography, it is equipped with a single LED enabled 12-megapixel rear camera that features large 1.25um pixels for snapping better images in dim lightings. The front side of the Mi 5C houses an 8-megapixel selfie shooter.

The fingerprint scanner is present under the Home button. Other specs include USB Type-C port, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, 4G VoLTE and v4.1 Bluetooth. The Xiaomi Mi 5C is packed with a 2,860 mAh battery that carries support for 9V/2A fast charging.

Xiaomi Mi 5C colors

Xiaomi Mi 5C Pricing

The Xiaomi comes in only one variant of 3 GB RAM + 64 GB storage and it is priced at 1,499 Yuan ($218). Its sales will begin on March 3 in China. It will be available in colors like Rose Gold, Gold and Black.