MediaTek’s new Dimensity 9000 flagship could compete with Qualcomm’s elite Snapdragon chips


MediaTek’s new SoC is its most powerful yet

MediaTek has just announced its latest flagship processor: the Dimensity 9000, the company’s most powerful chip ever that looks like it should be able to go compete with top-tier chips that more popular competitors like Qualcomm and Samsung offer.

Though previous top-tier Dimensity chips (like last year’s Dimensity 1000) were still less powerful than contemporaries like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 or Samsung’s Exynos 2100, the new Dimensity 9000 is set to make a case for 2022 Android flagships.

The new Dimensity 9000 is the first mobile chip to be built on TSMC’s 4nm process, in addition to using Arm’s new v9 architecture. It’s also the first announced CPU to use Arm’s new core designs: a single Cortex-X2 performance core clocked at 3.05GHz, three Cortex-A710 cores at 2.85GHz, and four Cortex-A510 efficiency cores at 1.8GHz. The GPU, meanwhile, is a 10-core Arm Mali-G710, along with MediaTek’s fifth-generation APU with six total cores for AI processing (which the company says offers 4X the performance and power efficiency of its previous generation).



The new 18-bit Imagiq Gen 7 ISP lays claim to be the first chip to be capable of capturing a 320-megapixel image (if your phone has a sensor that can shoot at that level), capable of transferring data at 9 gigapixels per second.

As expected of a modern smartphone chip, the Dimensity 9000 offers an onboard 5G modem with support for the 3GPP’s Release 16 specification. However, the new chip still lags behind competitors by only offering built-in sub-6GHz 5G support, without the faster mmWave standard. The Dimensity 9000 claims to be the first smartphone chip to support Bluetooth 5.3 and will work with Wi-Fi 6E, too.

It is likely that MediaTek won’t be alone for long in the use of the latest Arm technologies. Qualcomm, for example, is expected to announce a successor to its Snapdragon 888 chipset at its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit on November 30th. But, even if MediaTek finds that the Dimensity 9000 is merely in the same weight class as whatever Qualcomm announces this year, it is still a leap ahead. And, that’s a big win for MediaTek, which has lagged behind until now.

MediaTek has long been the go-to when it comes to major Android devices, but the Dimensity 9000 shows that it’s finally ready to compete. The question now is whether phone manufacturers are ready to support it.

Source: The Verge.


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