There have been rumours that HMD Global the parent company of Nokia and Xiaomi have signed a deal to make use of the Surge S1 chipset in some of Nokia’s future smartphones. This could mean that Nokia is planning on bringing much more devices in the mid-range section, or they are planning to put this chipset in their lower end devices.
Xiaomi had announced its first generation chipset, the Surge S1 earlier this year. The Surge S1 is an octa-core processor which is made of four 2.2GHz Cortex-A53 cores to handle heavy tasks along with four 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 cores to handle lighter tasks. Xiaomi has paired the processor with the Mali-T680 MP4 GPU. Currently, Xiaomi is using the processor in only the Mi 5C which is an upper mid-range smartphone.
If the rumours are true, then it remains to be seen if these devices will be China exclusive or will be sold globally. We do not know if the Surge S1 will be able to handle global LTE networks as the only phone to currently use this chipset is only available in China. Xiaomi might have to tweak the Surge S1 in order to make it compatible with various global LTE bands, that is, if Nokia decides to use this chipset for their upcoming smartphone or smartphones.
If this deal goes through it would motivate Xiaomi to build better chipsets, which would, in turn, give competition to brands like Qualcomm, MediaTek and now even HiSilicon who currently dominate the chipset market due to lack of competition.