Xiaomi has more or less confirmed that their rumored ‘Pinecone’ processor is coming, the company has launched a Weibo (Chinese social network) page for their upcoming processor. As some of you might know, rumors have been reporting that the Xiaomi Mi 5c will be the first Xiaomi-branded smartphone to ship with the Pinecone SoC, and such rumors have been popping up all over the internet for a long time now. The device had been certified recently, and chances are we will see it launched in the near future.
That being said, Xiaomi’s Weibo page does not share all that much info about the Pinecone SoC, but the logo is there, and everything looks legit, it seems like more info will be added once the company launches the Xiaomi Mi 5c. This SoC will be a result of a partnership Xiaomi formed back in 2014 when Xiaomi more or less took control of Leadcore Technology Ltd. (owns 51% of the company), which is a company that manufactures processors, and some of you might recall that the Xiaomi Redmi 2A shipped with one of Leadcore’s processors, the Leadcore L1860C. If rumors are to be believed, Xiaomi is getting ready to release two variants of their Pinecone processor, one variant will sport eight Cortex-A53 cores and will compete with MediaTek’s Helio P10 64-bit octa-core processor, while the other model will be called the Pinecone 2, and will ship with four Cortex-A73 and four Cortex-A53 cores. Some rumors are even suggesting that the more powerful Pinecone SoC will be produced using a 10nm manufacturing process like the Snapdragon 835, though that is kind of hard to believe, we’ll just have to wait for Xiaomi to release more info in order to see what’s going on.
Now, as far as Xiaomi’s upcoming mid-ranger is concerned, the Xiaomi Mi 5c is expected to sport a 5.5-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080) display, along with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage. The company’s Pinecone SoC will fuel this smartphone, and a 12-megapixel or 13-megapixel shooter will be placed on its back, while an 8-megapixel camera will be available on the front side of the Xiaomi Mi 5c. All in all, this smartphone is expected to be quite affordable, though we still don’t know how much will it cost, as the phone’s pricing did not leak just yet.