14 January 2020
UPDATE (January 8th, 2020):
At CES 2020, MediaTek has officially revealed Dimensity 800 5G technical specifications and details. It is a new 5G chipset meant for mid-range smartphones. It is an octa-core processor featuring four 2.0GHz Cortex-A76 cores and four 2.0GHz Cortex-A55 cores. It features Mali-G57 MP4 GPU and APU 3.0 for handling graphics-intensive and artificial intelligence-related tasks respectively.
It is compatible with up to Full HD+ display panel smartphones with up to 90Hz refresh rate. Other features include up to 16GB LPDDR4X RAM, up to 64MP single camera or 32MP and 16MP dual cameras, and 4K HDR video recording. It supports sub-6GHz 5G frequency for global 5G network support and download/upload speeds up to 3.5Gbps/1.25Gbps.
Original (December 26th, 2019)
MediaTek has reportedly announced Dimensity 800 5G chipset aimed at mid-range smartphones. It is the newest member of the Dimensity 5G processors family that debuted last month. The first processor in the lineup is Dimensity 1000 that is meant for flagship devices but as MediaTek had already revealed its plans to bring 5G to mid-range phones, it has announced its newest offering.
As per reports, MediaTek has refrained from revealing Dimensity 800 technical details. It means we have no idea about the underlying CPU architecture, number of cores, clock speed, GPU, and even the 5G modem for that matter. These details are expected to be revealed in Q1 2020 when the new processor will be launching officially.
It is also unknown which Android OEMs have partnered with MediaTek for releasing smartphones featuring the processor. Since the launch timeline is set for Q1 2020, it would not be surprising to see MediaTek make further announcements at CES 2020 or MWC 2020. As far as new phone launches with the chipset are concerned, they are expected to arrive starting Q2 2020.
Even though all the crucial Dimensity 800 5G details are currently missing, it is safe to say that the chipset would be competing with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G processor. It is another 5G processor aimed at mid-range phones and considering 5G is the next big thing, we can expect a number of phones arriving with 5G support.