30 June 2020
MediaTek has launched a new Dimensity 720 chipset with integrated 5G for mid-range phones. The new chipset brings support for SA and NSA networks, as well as sub-6Ghz connectivity but do not expect the mmWave.
The chipset is built upon a 7nm process and it combines together an octa-core CPU featuring two power Arm Cortex-A76 ‘Big’ cores operating up to 2GHz, and Arm Mali G57 GPU, LPDDR4X memory up to 2133MHz and fast UFS 2.2-class storage. In its competition, the Snapdragon 690 has two Cortex-A77s cores, though both use the other six power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores. However, MediaTek Dimensity 720 has clocked its cluster higher at 2GHz, compared to Snapdragon 690's 1.7GHz.
The new MediaTek Dimensity 720 features the company’s 5G UltraSave feature that aims to activate the 5G modem component according to the data demand, thus minimizing unnecessary use of power. MediaTek exemplifies that sometimes a user needs to download a picture and sometimes a large-sized video, in such scenarios, MediaTek’s 5G UltraSave comes into play.
Introducing #MediaTekDimensity720, our latest #5G integrated chip giving consumers access to premium 5G experiences on mid-tier smartphones– setting a new standard for feature-packed 5G devices for all. Read more on this highly power-efficient chip: https://t.co/AgavwIeFjq pic.twitter.com/aa9nMExPOA— MediaTek (@MediaTek) July 23, 2020
Note that unlike some big champs in the Dimensity series, the new Dimensity 720 does not seem to have special gaming chops. It is lighter on specifications but supports some of the ongoing demands like 90Hz displays, larger sensor configurations, HDR10+ content, and Bluetooth 5.1 as well.
The Dimensity 720 also comes with MiraVison that intelligently adjust a wide range of display and video stream factors based on what’s being watched or surrounding factors, like viewing in bright daylight. It supports HDR10+ Enhanced and a range of video features, including Dynamic display assessment and remapping.
MediaTek Dimensity 720 supports up to 64MP cameras, dual cameras up to 20MP+16MP for large and clear Portrait pictures, and also a framework for multiple cameras such as macro, ultra-wide, or telescope. It also supports 90Hz displays for smoother webpage scrolling and fluid movements around. It supports a variety of voice assistants, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or other localized services.
MediaTek Dimensity 720 competes against the likes of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 690 which is also available for the similarly priced smartphones. The Snapdragon 690 supports up to 120Hz displays, compared to Dimensity 720 that only has support up to 90Hz. Although there is one more thing where Dimensity 720 takes a step ahead and that is the maximum RAM support. The newly launched chipset supports up to 12GB RAM, whereas the Snapdragon 690 supports up to only 8GB RAM.
Clearly, a feature that was once thought as a unique asset of the premium is slowly bringing a fierce competition in other segments of smartphones. All thanks to the chip makers which are making it possible and adding the super-fast 5G essence to some mid-tier and even low-end phones.
Currently, there is no word on when the new Dimensity 720 chipset will land in phones.