Xiaomi could get Nokia to use its Surge S1 chip inside a mystery future phone

This is one of those rumors we’d probably discard or file under unfounded speculation any other day. Mere hours after the announcement of a multi-year patent agreement and generally far-reaching “business collaboration” between Nokia and Xiaomi, well, it’s still unfounded, but way more plausible.

According to a Weibo leaker with a decent yet far from spotless prediction record, Xiaomi’s first in-house processor could soon power not just the Chinese company’s Mi 5c or Mi 6c smartphones.

One (or several) of Nokia’s smaller-number future handsets may come with the Surge S1 SoC under the hood, octa-core 64-bit CPU, quad-core Mali-T860 GPU, camera enhancements, advanced LTE support, top-shelf security, energy efficiency and all.

Since we’re talking a relatively modest 28nm-based chip when all is said and done though, we’re guessing a prospective entry-level Nokia 2 is the prime candidate to fulfill this prophecy. There’s no Nokia 4 in the pipeline, remember, while an upper mid-range 7 should really offer superior speed and frugality.

No matter the two companies’ exact plans, this type of alliance would certify Xiaomi’s seriousness about its processor-designing initiative. Now, Qualcomm and MediaTek probably have nothing to fear, but Huawei’s standing as an up-and-coming SoC architect is in (mild) danger. And yes, we know Nokia and HMD are different companies, but they’re tight, and they could both use Xiaomi as a strategic partner. Win-win-win.

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Adrian has had an insatiable passion for writing since he was in school and found himself writing philosophical essays about the meaning of life and the differences between light and dark beer. Later, he realized this was pretty much his only marketable skill, so he first created a personal blog (in Romanian) and then discovered his true calling, which is writing about all things tech (in English).