MediaTek has been a quiet provider of processors (SoC) for an enormous variety of good units, together with good audio system from the largest manufacturers. With the launch of those new Dimensity 1100 and 1200 chips, you’ll be able to count on to listen to extra about MediaTek in upcoming smartphone critiques.

MediaTek’s come again to high-powered smartphone SoC was already effectively underway with the Dimensity 1000C because it was by LG for the T-Mobile LG Velvet, for instance. Things are going to get hotter for MediaTek 2021.

First, the brand new pair of processors are manufactured with a 6nm (nanometer) semiconductor course of, versus 7nm for the Dimensity 100. That alone generates extra power-efficiency and the power to both pack extra compute energy per square-millimeter or decrease prices to trickle-down know-how to a cheaper price level (or to extend earnings).

Steady CPU positive factors

The CPU configuration is without doubt one of the highlights of the Dimensity 1100 and 1200 SoCs. Coming from the 1000-series, the Dimensity 1100 has a modest CPU increase because it makes use of the a more recent ARM Cortex A78 core design (vs. A77 beforehand).

The Cortex A78 structure is meant to convey ~20% extra sustained efficiency for a similar energy utilization and eat as much as 50% much less vitality for a similar efficiency below supreme circumstances (versus A77).

The Dimensity 1200 pushes the envelope additional as one of many A78 cores can attain as excessive as 3.0Ghz to push single-threaded efficiency to new heights for the Dimensity household. The new processors’ AI compute unit is ~12.5% sooner than earlier generations, in response to MediaTek.

GPU: as much as 168Hz refresh price

Things haven’t modified on the GPU facet: the Dimensity 1000, 1100 and 1200 all function a Mali-G77MP9 GPU, and with out clock frequency information, all of them appear the identical. Any benchmarks that you simply see from Dimensity 1000 GPU efficiency might function a place to begin for the 2 new chips.

There is assist for 144Hz (D1000) and 168Hz (D1200) shows, and the announcement has a cryptic reference to “Ray Tracing.” We’ve confirmed with MediaTek that there’s no {hardware} ray-tracing within the Mali-G77MP9 GPU, so in my view, this appears to check with “ray-tracing like” methods equivalent to ambient occlusion, for instance, which can provide a ray-tracing look. We’ll see what comes out of this.

Photography: as much as 200 Megapixel cameras

Photography is a precedence for the brand new 1100 and 1200 fashions. MediaTek says that it may possibly assist 108 Megapixel cameras with the Dimensity 1100 and 200 Megapixel cameras with the Dimensity 1200.

Mediatek didn’t present efficiency information for its new Image Signal Processor unit (ISP), however we are able to extrapolate a bit utilizing earlier bulletins. The Dimensity 1000 might formally course of 80M pixel at 24 FPS, or 1.92 Gigapixel per second.

The 1100 and 1200 chips have specs mentioning 108MP and 200MP cameras within the press launch, however there’s no point out of 24 FPS this time, and the ISP’s core rely stays at 5, the identical as Dimensity 1000. Nothing signifies that the ISP is quicker than the Dimensity 1000’s.

In any case, even 1.92 Gigapixel per second may be very substantial, and with most cameras utilizing on-sensor 4-to-1 or 9-to-1 pixel binning, ISP items cope with a stream of ~12-megapixel photos for stacked images. The new Dimensity ISP is not going to be a bottleneck even for 4K/HDR video in my estimation.

If you’re taking a 200MP image with a full HDR stack, you would possibly begin being restricted by the ISP’s efficiency in some excessive instances. In actuality, the one telephones with a 108MP possibility in “full auto” mode we now have reviewed is the Galaxy S/Note 20 collection. Xiaomi has a superb 27MP possibility, I feel.

We encourage telephone OEMs to embody 27MP and 108MP choices in full auto, however to date, few have heeded that decision, regardless of the chance for sizeable positive factors in photograph Details and Texture. Most folks by no means, ever, use non-auto digicam modes. That is why we favor auto-mode in our shopper cell digicam critiques primarily based on our Uber IQ Camera benchmark.

A gentle evolution

Overall, the brand new Dimensity 1100 and Dimensity 1200 signify a gradual evolution of the 1000-Series, not a generational leap. Some folks needed to see the Cortex X1 CPU core or a more recent GPU, for instance.

Such options could be thrilling, however the market dynamics that MediaTek navigates dictate these selections. Despite being potent processors, the MediaTek Dimensity 1×00 household is designed for elevating worth (efficiency per greenback spent), not for absolute specs and efficiency dominance. Their rising adoption is proof that the technique works.

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