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MediaTek announces the Dimensity 9000, its most powerful SoC yet

MediaTek has just announced the Dimensity 9000, its latest flagship processor. This is the company’s most powerful chip so far and is its hope of finally catching up to giants like Samsung and Qualcomm when it comes to smartphone chips. 

The new chip makes a strong case for upcoming flagships with its eight-core CPU, a new, more powerful GPU, alongwith MediaTek’s fifth iteration of the APU, which has six cores for AI processing. 

Apart from the Dimensity 9000, the company also announced Filogic 130 and Filogic 130A SoCs for IoT-based devices and partnered with AMD to put out the RZ600 series WiFi 6E modules for PCs. 

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Finally catching up to Snapdragon?

This chip is also bringing quite a few firsts with it, including being the first mobile chip to be built on TSMC’s 4nm process, while the 18-bit Imagiq Gen 7 ISP claims to be the world’s first to support 320 MP cameras. That is assuming your phone has a sensor that can shoot at that capacity. It’s also capable of transferring data up to nine gigapixels per second.

Another first in the Dimensity 9000’s corner is its use of Arm’s new core designs. Overall, the chip has

  • One Cortex-X2 performance core running at 3.05GHz.
  • Three Cortex-A710 cores running at 2.85GHz.
  • Four Cortex-A150 efficiency cores running at 1.8GHz.

You’ll also get a 10-core Arm Mali-G710 GPU along with raytracing SDK support using Vulkan for Android, as well as support for up to 180Hz displays. Finally, there’s the fifth generation of the APU with up to six cores or AI processes that the company claims will offer four times the performance and power efficiency compared to previous generations, for example, the Dimensity 1000. 

MediaTek announces the Dimensity 9000, its most powerful SoC yet
The new chip hopes to compete with the likes of Qualcomm and Samsung, | Source: MediaTek

Of course, the chip also has a 5G modem onboard, with support for 3GPP’s Release 16 specs. However, Dimensity 9000 misses out on the faster millimetre wave standard by only offering sub-6GHz 5G support. You get Bluetooth 5.3 support, which the company claims is a first, once again, and WiFi 6E.

However, with Qualcomm’s launch event coming up on November 30, we’re expecting to see a successor to Snapdragon 888, which means that MediaTek won’t be enjoying a majority of its unique aspects for too long now. 

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