MediaTek has just announced its latest flagship processor: the Dimensity 9000, the company’s most powerful chip ever. It is envisioned to go head to head with the best popular chip competitors like Qualcomm and Samsung offer.
“We’re moving deliberately into flagship tiers, and I think that’s probably a space that people have not associated Mediatek with, historically,” said Finbarr Moynihan, Mediatek’s vice-president and general manager of marketing.
The new Dimensity 9000 is coming in strong to make a case for 2022 Android flagships as it hopes to break into the flagship tier market.
Let’s get into the specifications of the chipset!
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Specifications of Mediatek Dimensity 9000
The new Dimensity 9000 is the first mobile chip to be built on TSMC’s 4nm process and uses Arm’s new v9 architecture.
The first Mediatek CPU to use Arm’s new core designs ( ArmV9 CPU cores): 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 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 four times the performance and power efficiency compared to its previous generation)
The Mediatek Dimensity 9000 also employs a 10-core Mali-G710 GPU — an ideal spot for Arm’s new graphics core’s performance.
This is Arm’s newest GPU, and the chip designer promises that its implementation will result in a 35% performance jump and a 60% efficiency gain over the Snapdragon 888.
MediaTek also introduces its fifth-generation APU with six total cores for AI processing. This improved silicon hexa-core design comes with four performance cores and two efficiency cores for less demanding workloads.
According to them, it offers four times the performance and power efficiency of its preceding generation.
Mediatek was also keen to note that its new processor packs 8MB of L3 cache and 6MB of system-level cache (SLC). By comparison, the Snapdragon 888 touts 4MB of L3 cache and 3MB of SLC.
Multimedia and Image processing capacity
Mediatek did not come to play when it comes to Dimensity 9000’s capacity for image and multimedia processing.
The new 18-bit Imagiq Gen 7 ISP claims to be the world’s first processor capable of capturing a 320-megapixel image and sending data at a rate of 9 gigapixels per second.
This means that the new processor can support a maximum single-camera resolution of up to 320MP and hardware support for a 32MP+32MP+32MP camera setup.
In addition, the upgraded chipset now allows 8K/24fps video recording. It also supports three 4K HDR recording streams simultaneously, as well as four 4K three-exposure video HDR streams.
Dimensity 9000 contains a 5G modem based on its M80 architecture. This includes a 3CC carrier aggregation (up to 7Gbps downlink speeds) and the company’s unique PowerSave technology for longer battery life.
Also, Mediatek has revealed that using its Dimensity 5G Open Resource Architecture, it hopes to give device makers more access to the processor so they can tweak it per their taste.
This will be just as in OnePlus’s Dimensity 1200-AI, where they tweaked the processor, thus sharing the chipset name.
Compared to Snapdragon
Dimensity 9000 is ahead in its league as compared to Snapdragon 888 chipset. Moreover, comparing both will be somewhat towards unfair as they both belong to different generations.
However, MediaTek has taken the lead with this flagship tier chipset, and we can only wait to find out what other companies do in response to it or already have planned for it.
The history between MediaTek (Dimensity) and Qualcomm (Snapdragon)
Mediatek and Qualcomm have always competed when it comes to processors. Both companies have gained advantages in different capacities.
This new launch of Dimensity 9000 puts them at par with each other in terms of capacity, but the battle for the best processor is far from over.