03 March 2021
MediaTek has amped up its flagship lineup by introducing two new Dimensity chipsets – Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1000. Either of the two new SoCs is not standing in direct competition with Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC. They both have their own virtues to offer to the smartphone manufacturers.
Both the Dimensity 1200 and the Dimensity 1100 are based on the 6nm process and they are the first to use the Cortex-A78 core. Both the chipsets use the same 1000-series GPU - the Mali-G77 with 9 cores for both chips. They also support MediaTek MiraVision for cinema-grade visual experiences and HyperEngine 3.0 for the enhanced gaming experience.
The Dimensity 1200 is the premium of the two. It follows a 1+3+4 configuration, where there is one Cortex-A78 core running at 3.0GHz, plus three more A78 cores at 2.6GHz and four power-efficient A55 cores running at 2.0GHz. As announced by ARM back in May 2020, the Cortex-A78 core offers 22% more CPU performance and 25% more power-efficient.
The Dimensity 1200 supports up to 200MP photos and 20% faster nigh-shot capture & AI-Panorama Night-Shot. It has a 5-core ISP for multi-camera smartphones. The new Staggered 4K HDR video recording offers a 40% greater dynamic range in 4K video capture. It supports LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 3.1 storage type.
The Dimensity 1200 supports a 168Hz refresh rate, with a max display resolution of 2520x1080 pixels.
The Dimensity 1100 also gets 8-core architecture, where all four cores are the latest Cortex-A78 running at 2.6GHz and the other four are the usual power-efficient A55 cores running at 2.0GHz. It also has a 5-core ISP for multi-camera smartphones and it supports up to 108MP captures. It supports a 144Hz refresh rate with a maximum of 2520x1080 pixels display resolution. It also supports LPDDR4x RAM and has UFS 3.1 storage type.
Some of the names of the smartphone manufacturers that will utilize the new chipsets include Realme, Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo. They will launch new phones at the end of March, beginning of April.
In related coverage, MediaTek Dimensity-powered phones are yet to go official in the Indian market. Realme is expected to launch its first Dimensity-powered smartphone soon in the country.