Xiaomi has been in the headlines lately, with its impending release of the Redmi 5 Plus in India in February. Apart from the device, the Chinese phone manufacturer is also reportedly poised to launch a new chipset in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 next month.
According to industry sources based in China, Xiaomi will launch its new chipset and follow-up to the Surge 1 called the Surge 2. The sources said that the chipset will be built on the TSMC 16 nanometer process. Moreover, the sources also shared that the Surge 2 will also be used to run the Xiaomi Mi 6X, GSM Arena reported.
As for its specs, the Surge 2 will feature a CPU with a Cortex-A73 octa-core setup clocking in at 2.2 GHz, and four Cortex-A53 running at 1.8 GHz. Furthermore, the chipset will also have a GPU that has been upgraded to a Mali G71 MP8, which more energy-efficient compared to its predecessor, a TechRadar report noted. In addition, it was also rumored that the chipset will offer support for UFS 2.1 and an LPDDR4 RAM.
Should the Chinese tech giant push through with the big reveal of the Surge 2 next month, February will indeed be a big one for the company. Earlier this week, strong talks about Xiaomi launching the Redmi 5 Plus in India next month began swirling online. The speculations stemmed from a response from Xiaomi India PR lead Clinton Jeff to one of his followers who noted that "Xiaomi is unusually silent in India." In response, Jeff responded with a tweet, saying, "Next month is going to be lit."
Jeff did not mention anything specific about any device, but observers believe that he was referring to the launching of the Redmi 5 Plus. Considering that India is starting to become one of Xiaomi's strongest markets outside of China, it is likely that they will continue to push their products and start the year strong.