27 January 2022
MediaTek has announced Dimensity 9000 as its most powerful smartphone chipset yet. The company has always set a goal of competing with the likes of Qualcomm and Samsung in the flagship processor space. Its Dimensity 1000-series came quite close but with the latest release, this appears to be MediaTek's best shot so far.
The Dimensity 9000 is marketed as the "world's most advanced computing" chip. It is the first chipset based on TSMC's 4-nanometer manufacturing process. It makes use of ARM's newest ARM v9 architecture which is another first in the industry. The octa-core processor features a single Cortex-X2 core clocked at 3.05GHz, three Cortex-A710 cores clocked at 2.85GHz, and four Cortex-A510 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. This setup is accompanied by ARM Mali-G710 MC10 GPU and an APU featuring four performance cores and two flexible cores.
There is an 18-bit image signal processor (ISP) capable of clicking still images of up to 320-megapixels resolution. This makes it the world's first chipset to do so but it is something smartphones will not be able to take advantage of right away. It is because the highest resolution smartphone camera sensor is 200MP Samsung ISOCELL HP1. It is even capable of shooting 4K HDR videos from all three sensors simultaneously.
The chipset is compatible with LPDDR5X RAM and has an integrated 5G modem. It means the Dimensity 9000 is a 5G-capable processor which is something you would expect from a 2022 flagship offering. Other noteworthy features include 180Hz touch sampling rate support on 1080p panels, 144Hz touch sampling rate support on Quad HD panels, Bluetooth 5.3, WiFi 6E 2x2, MediaTek 5G UltraSave 2.0, Raytracing SDK via Vulcan for Android, and 3CC carrier aggregation.
There is no doubt that it is a powerful processor, at least on paper, and a worthy contender to what Qualcomm is planning to announce next month. As for the availability of the Dimensity 9000 processor, MediaTek did not talk about OEM partners. It simply said that we can expect the first phones featuring the chipset to arrive during Q1 2022.