MediaTek unveils its flagship processor: the new Dimensity 1200. This is a chipset manufactured in 6 nanometers by TSMC. A jump from the 7 nanometers they had with their previous Dimensity 1000 launched at the end of 2019, which promises an improvement in efficiency and performance of 25%.
The new processor arrives to compete with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 and Samsung’s Exynos 2100, both 5 nanometers. This is what MediaTek’s latest offering is.
MediaTek Dimensity 1200 Datasheet
|Processor||ARM Cortex-A78 3 GHz|
3 x Cortex-A78 2.6 GHz
4 x Cortex-A55 2 GHz
|Manufacturing||6 nanometer TSMC|
|Display Support||Up to 168 Hz 1080p|
|Memory||Up to 16 GB LPDDR4x 4.266|
|Connectivity||5G Multi-Mode, SA, NSA, 4 x 4 MIMO|
Up to 4.7 Gbps / 2.5 Gbps
|Multimedia||Up to 200 MP|
32 + 16 MP
Up to 3 GHz, 5G, and support for 168 Hz displays
The MediaTek Dimensity 1200 includes a 5G modem with UltraSave technology to save energy. The M70 modem offers dual 5G SIM support, Sub.6 band support, and 2CC carrier aggregation.
This is a 6-nanometer chipset with an 8-core CPU revolving around the Cortex-A78 core up to 3 GHz. It is accompanied by three 2.6 GHz Cortex-A78 cores and four Cortex-A55 cores for tasks that require less power. For the GPU, a 9-core Mali-G77 is chosen and is accompanied by the new version of its AI processor, the Hexa-core MediaTek APU 3.0, which promises a 12.5% improvement in reducing latency and efficiency.
The Dimensity 1200 will support image capture of up to 200 MP, with a 5-core HDR-ISP for processing. The chipset also supports dual 32 and 16-megapixel configurations and features 4K HDR video capture. The company includes features such as ‘AI-panorama Night Shot’, ‘Multiperson Bokeh’, and noise reduction, but does not support 8K video recording.
Where MediaTek 1200 excels is in the support for ultra-fast screens. While its competitors stay at 144 Hz, the Dimensity 1200 reaches FullHD panels up to 168 Hz, which opens the door to watching gaming mobiles with that refresh rate. In the case of 2K panels, the refresh rate will be limited to 90 Hz. The chipset also has support for HDR10+, AV1 codec and supports ray tracing in mobile games.
At the connectivity level, the new MediaTek chipset comes with support for Bluetooth 5.2, WiFi 6 ax, and stereo audio with LC3 encoding.
The new MediaTek Dimensity 1200 is expected to be available at the end of Q1, between March and April. Along with the new flagship processor, MediaTek has also unveiled the Dimensity 1100 5G chipset, with support for 144 Hz, up to 2.8 GHz displays, and support for cameras up to 108 megapixels.
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