MediaTek’s new chipsets pack in features for high-end phones — but not faster 5G The Dimensity 1100 and 1200 will first arrive in China in handsets made by realme, Vivo, Oppo and Xiaomi.News Highlights: MediaTek’s new chipsets pack in features for high-end phones — but not faster 5G.
MediaTek’s new Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1100 5G chipsets will power phones from Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, realme and others.
MediaTek to launch new chipset next week, could bring 5G to budget mid-range smartphones
MediaTek is set to launch a new 5G chipset next week. The new chipset is expected to be a mid-range offering and will have 5G support built-in. MediaTek already has the Dimensity 800 mid-range 5G processor and the slightly more high-end MediaTek Dimensity 1000 and 1000L. The new processor could be either a more premium offering, or a more affordable one. Also Read – Huawei could partner with Samsung, MediaTek to mass produce 5G chipsets
Trustworthy leaker Digital Chat Station mentions a new MediaTek MT6853 chip that is aimed at the entry-level segment. This could be the new chip to be launched next week. Further, there is also reportedly development going on on the Dimensity 2000 chipset to power mid-range 5G phones and succeed the Dimensity 1000.
A week after Qualomm’s latest high-end 5G processor arrived in Samsung’s new Galaxy S21 series, rival MediaTek unveiled new proprietary chipsets: the Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1100. The Taiwanese chipmaker’s new processors offer improved AI, camera and multimedia capabilities, but lacking super-fast 5G found in chipsets from Qualcomm and Samsung.A week after Qualomm’s latest high-end 5G processor arrived in Samsung’s new Galaxy S21 lineup, rival MediaTek unveiled new chipsets of its own: the Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1100. The new processors from the Taiwanese chipmaker bring improved AI, camera and multimedia capabilities but lack super-fast 5G found in chipsets from Qualcomm and Samsung.
The new Dimensity chipsets are built using TSMC’s 6-nanometer technology, versus 7 nanometer for last year’s Dimensity 1000. And MediaTek took advantage of Arm’s latest A78 core technology. Together, those advances make the Dimensity 1200 22% more powerful and 25% more battery efficient than last year’s chipset.
There’s also a 13% performance boost for for AI-related tasks like using portrait mode for multiple people in a shot or enabling panorama photos at night. And MediaTek has amped up its gaming features, like adding support for faster refresh displays. How cheap the new processor gets will determine the price of budget phones with 5G support. Originally, 5G was a flagship feature, available only on the most expensive devices. The popularisation of 5G began with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC that brought an integrated 5G module. However, the 5G phones with the latest Snapdragon 800 series chipsets were still going to be expensive. That’s where the Snapdragon 765 chipset came into play. Also Read – Realme 6i with 5,000mAh battery, MediaTek Helio G80 SoC launched: Price, full specifications
The Snapdragon 765 chipset brought 5G support to more affordable upper mid-range devices. The 700 series name meant the chipset wasn’t as powerful as the 865. However, the combination affordability and decent performance meant the Snapdragon 765 could power phones that many people could fit in their budget. This would effectively bring 5G to the masses.
MediaTek joined the 5G smartphone race in late 2019 when it took the wraps off the Dimensity 1000 processor. This marked the first flagship MediaTek chipset since 2017’s ill-fated Helio X series. It also launched the Dimensity 1000 Plus a few months later, which is to the standard chip what the Snapdragon 865 Plus is to the Snapdragon 865 (i.e. a minor upgrade).
The chipsets stand out from most other 5G processors by offered an integrated 5G modem, supporting sub-6Ghz networks and 5G+5G dual-SIM too. Neither the standard nor Plus chips offer mmWave support though, which means they’re not ideal for some carriers in the US and Japan.
Similar approaches were taken by the MediaTek Dimensity series. It brought 5G to the more affordable mid-range segment where the technology hadn’t yet been implemented. Moreover, MediaTek also features the Dimensity 800 and the Dimensity 1000/1000L. Both chipsets bring 5G to lower and upper mid-range smartphones respectively.MediaTek sits alongside Qualcomm as one of the most important third-party chipmakers in the Android smartphone ecosystem. The Taiwanese company’s processors are in loads of handsets around the world. Let’s take a look at some of the best MediaTek phones on the market right now.