18 August 2020
MediaTek has launched the Dimensity 820 chipset for upper mid-range smartphones. The new chipset succeeds the Dimensity 800 that the company unveiled earlier this year at CES 2020.
The all-new MediaTek Dimensity 820 chipset brings many improvements over its predecessor and support for 120Hz panels as well. It also features an improved Image Signal Processing (ISP). Just like other SoC’s in the Dimensity portfolio, the MediaTek Dimensity 820 also features an integrated 5G modem and support for both Standalone (SA) and Non-standalone (NSA) Sub-6GHz networks. The modem supports dual SIM standby, Voice Over New Radio (VoNR) on both SIMs.
The MediaTek Dimensity 820 is built on TSMC’s 7nm FinFET process and it uses the same CPU micro-architecture as the predecessor, though there are faster CPU and GPU performance. MediaTek has brought higher clock speeds of the four ARM Cortex-A76 in the architecture compared to the 2.0GHz present in the Dimensity 800. This also gives the new chipset an edge over the Snapdragon 765G in terms of raw CPU power. The other four cores, which are ARM Cortex-A55 efficiency cores remain the same with 2.0GHz clock speed.
Talking about GPU, the Dimensity 820 gets 5 core variant of the ARM Mali-G57 GPU, a minor bump over the 4-core variant present in the Dimensity 800. The new Dimensity 820 chipset incorporates the HyperEngine 2.0 technologies that aim to optimize the whole smartphone for a smooth and immersive gaming experience. This is the same tech that was announced for Dimensity 1000 Plus as well earlier this month.
HyperEngine 2.0 comes with a Resource Management Engine whose work is to manage the CPU and GPU consumption and ensure fluidity while gaming. It also offers network latency optimizations as it helps to make the intelligent switch between 5G and 4G networks without much power consumption. The tech also offers call and data concurrency, enhanced HDR visuals, and more.
The Dimensity 820 offers support for high refresh rate panels compared to Dimensity 800 that could only handle FHD Plus displays at 90Hz refresh rate. Now, the Dimensity 820 can handle FHD Plus displays at up to 120Hz refresh rates. It also supports MiraVision display enhancement technology that allows OEMs to further improve the viewing experience of their phones. Manufacturers can upscale low-res content to Full HD, HDR10 Remapping, blue light filter, and more. These enhancements also include the ClearMotion feature that automatically converts standard 24/30fps content to 6 or 120fps on supported displays.
Looking at these tech specs and features, it is clear that the MediaTek Dimensity 820 chipset sits between Dimensity 1000 series and the gaming-focused Helio G90 series.
The ISP which is Imagiq 5.0 has also been upgraded. The chipset now supports up to 800MP camera sensors, up from 64MP camera support on the Dimensity 800, and four concurrent cameras. The Imagiq 5.0 also promises Action Camera-grade Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) multi-frame 4K HDR video recording, real-time video bokeh, and improved noise reduction.
Currently, it is unknown when MediaTek will launch the new Dimensity 820 chipset commercial to its OEMs. However, it is rumored that the Redmi Note 10 might be the first to be powered by Dimensity 820. But let’s just wait for the chipset’s availability details.