Xiaomi launches Mi 5C and Redmi 4X to regain lost market share in China

Xiaomi debuts 2.2GHz Surge S1 in-house processor for the Mi 5C, which is claimed to perform better than Qualcomm Snapdragon 625.


Xiaomi has just unveiled the Mi 5C, its first phone powered by the 2.2GHz Surge S1 in-house processor chipset at an event in Beijing, China.

Pinecone, a subsidiary which Xiaomi had initiated a few years ago has been instrumental in the creation of this processor. The firm claims this to be faster than the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625.

The Mi 5C is a more affordable successor of Mi5 and has a 5.15-inch full-HD JDI panel. It's capable of 2,560x1,600-resolution display. The processor has been paired with a 3GB RAM, 64GB internal memory and a 2,860mAh battery.

The 5C will be running on a customised Android 7.1 Nougat, which is a staple in all Xiaomi phones available in the market. The firm has not looked over the camera end of the specs and Xiaomi 5C sports a 12 megapixel camera in the back and an 8 megapixel front-facing camera.

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Two gold colour variants of Xiaomi Mi 5C igyaan.in

However, this is a phone that will be sold exclusively in China for Yuan 1,500, which is a bang-for- your-buck considering its power-packed features. Hopefully this product will help the firm to get back at the top of the game, in the largest smartphone market, where it is now facing a tough competition from the likes of Oppo and Huawei.

Xiaomi also introduced an improved Redmi 4X for the Chinese market exclusively via its official Weibo account. Although, Xiaomi Redmi 4X shares the same specs of Redmi 4 such as, a 13MP rear and 5MP front camera, support for Dual-SIM, and VoLTE, besides a 4,100 mAh battery.

The only difference is that it has a Snapdragon 435 chipset, whereas, Redmi 4 had a Snapdragon 430 chipset. Redmi 4X is also capable of faster LTE speeds of 300Mbps for downlink and 100Mbps uplink, said the company.

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The Matte Black variant of Xiaomi Redmi 4X goandroid.co.in

Redmi 4X is going to be available in two variants i.e., one with a 2GB RAM plus 16GB storage and another with a 3GB RAM plus 32GB storage. Consumers can also choose between three colour options, which are Cherry Pink, Champagne Gold and Matte Black. It's going to cost Yuan 699 for the 16GB variant and Yuan 899 for the 32GB option.