Xiaomi has been the fifth-largest smartphone vendor in the world. This means it should pay attention to any detail referring to its production. I guess it’s the most difficult part of running a company. Moreover, on one hand Xiaomi has diversified its production and launched such devices as the Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum, Huami Amazfit smartwatch, Xiaoyi M1 micro-single camera, Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Soundwave Transformer Robot, Xiaomi MI VR Play 3D Glasses, Xiaomi Mi Alarm clock, Mi Band fitness smartwatches, Xiaomi Mi Power Bank, and many more products. On another hand, the manufacturer has to cooperate with many suppliers to organize the manufacturing process and keep the company run on. In terms of CPU supplying, Xiaomi is cooperating with several companies including Qualcomm and MediaTek, but we know it has been going to make in-house chips. Now it seems we have lived to see this day – a new Xiaomi smartphone dubbed as the Xiaomi Meri has been leaked in photos showing Xiaomi’s Pinecone chip under the hood.
Recently, the net has been buzzing about a new device called the Xiaomi Mi 5C. The latter should be the budget version of the original Xiaomi Mi 5S. Not that much is known about this phone but the presence of a metal housing, 2.5D glass screen, 3GB RAM, 64GB ROM, MIUI 8 pre-installed, VoLTE HD voice calls support, Android 6.0, and an octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz. The chip brand has remained unknown, but the clocked frequency and the past experience hinted we are dealing with a MediaTek Helio P20. The latest leaks change the whole image we have had – this is not the Xiaomi Mi 5C, guys. It’s the Xiaomi Meri. More likely, it’s the codename, but we can’t be sure it’s the much talked Mi 5C.
Moreover, looking at the spotted photos we see the Xiaomi Meri has been tested by AnTuTu and GeekBench showing different frequencies. For example, on one photo we can see the processor on GeekBench is clocked at 1.4GHz, while the processor’s frequency is 2.2GHz on another photo. This make us suppose there should be two version of the Xiaomi Meri, and one of them will run Xiaomi’s Pinecone SoC. On the other hand, we can assume the manufacturer is testing the same device packed with different CPUs to find out which one performs better. And finally, we think the second processor is tested as a spare version if the in-house chip fails.
As for the test results, the Xiaomi Meri scored 758 points in the single core test and 3105 in the multi-core test at GeekBench. The phone showcases a total of 63,581 points at AnTuTu, which is way lower than what a high-end phone should score. I mean we have heard Xiaomi’s own chip will appear on mid-range and low-end smartphones, and the presence of the Pinecone is not surprising.
Well, seems we have dealed with the processor, but what about the rest of features. These photos show the Xiaomi Meri will come with a 5.46-inch 1080P screen, an octa-core 2.2GHz CPU paired with a Mali-T860 MP4 GPU, and 3GB of RAM. Thus almost all the features we have seen on the Xiaomi Mi 5C are confirmed. At last, the Mi 5C codenamed as the Xiaomi Meri will hit the market very soon. But we are waiting for this phone mainly to see the first Xiaomi’s self-developed chip.