Xiaomi announced the Surge S1 with the Xiaomi Mi 5c back in February 2017. One year later a successor is on its way, according to industry sources from China. The Surge S2 will be built on the TSMC 16 nm process and will power the Xiaomi Mi 6X, also expected to debut in February.
The Surge S2 will have an octa-core CPU with four Cortex-A73 cores running at 2.2 GHz and four Cortex-A53 at 1.8 GHz. The GPU will be Mali-G71 MP8, a massive improvement over the Mali-T860 from the Surge S1. According to the report, Xiaomi is looking to par the S2 with the Kirin 960 by Huawei.
The first device to come with the chipset is expected to be the Xiaomi Mi 6X. If the Chinese manufacturer decides to keep the naming strategy from the Mi 5X/Mi A1, the Surge S2-powered phone might be sold as Mi A2 on the global market.
A leaked render of a shockproof case suggests the Xiaomi Mi 6X will come with a tall 18:9-ratio screen with thinner bezels on the side, a fingerprint scanner on the back and a vertical dual camera setup.
We are yet to receive confirmation on the naming issue since the Mi A1 is part of the Android One program and Google have not announced a follow-up.