Fresh after seeing the Xiaomi Mi 5c benchmarked with that appears to be the Pinecone CPU inside, we learn that Xiaomi is going to launch this chipset on February 28th. The CPU was confirmed by the poster below and also by the MIUI Forums.
It was also previously leaked on Weibo and it was supposed to come in two versions: Pinecone 1, with an octa core Cortex A53 setup and Pinecone 2 with a quad core Cortex A73 + quad core Cortex A53 setup. These are both midrange models and the results achieved in GeekBench on the Mi 5c also prove that. The chipset is pretty much on par with the HiSilicon Kirin 655, which is also a midrange chip.
It should also give the Helio P10 and P20 a run for their money. Xiaomi won’t attend MWC 2017, so the unveiling on the 28th is a separate event going down in China probably. We may also see the Xiaomi Mi 5c launched then and maybe even the Xiaomi Mi 6 flagship with a bit of luck. Xiaomi is the second Chinese smartphone maker after Huawei to go into chip making.
Keep in mind that the name “Pinecone” hasn’t even been confirmed by Xiaomi yet.