Weeks after introducing a very promising flagship chip for Android phones that rivals Qualcomm’s best, MediaTek is taking the competition a notch lower. The latest from the Taiwanese company is the Dimensity 8300, which goes straight against the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3.
Overall, this seems like one of the best mid-tier processors MediaTek has offered in a long time, both in terms of inherent capabilities and generation-over-generation upgrades. The first wave of phones powered by the Dimensity 8300 will arrive by the end of this year.
Notably, compared to Qualcomm’s visibly lazy mid-tier upgrade in the Snapdragon 7 series, the new chip from MediaTek brings meaningful improvements all across the board. Based on the same 4nm process as its predecessor, the Dimensity 8300 employs the new ARM V9-based Cortex cores.
We are looking at an improved 4+4 cluster of Cortex A715 cores and an equal number of Cortex A510 cores. MediaTek is claiming a 20% boost in processing firepower and a healthy 30% jump in energy efficiency.
For games and other demanding tasks, MediaTek has gone for the new Mali-G615 GPU that offers a huge 60% bump in raw graphics prowess while being 50% more frugal at power consumption.
This makes Qualcomm look like a laggard.
Of course, it’s AI season everywhere, and MediaTek isn’t shying away from it. The Dimensity 8300 is one of the first midrange processors that can run generation AI models with up to 10 billion parameters.
That figure matches what the flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 can handle, while MediaTek’s own Dimensity 9300 raises the bar up to 13 billion parameters (with further scope for scaling up).
Those AI capabilities come courtesy of the new APU 780 AI processor that can also handle Stable Diffusion workflows such as text-to-image generation. Based on benchmark tests, it is 3.3x more powerful and can handle generative AI tasks at an eight times quicker pace.
The RAM module support has been upgraded to the higher frequency 8300 MB/s channel, up from the 6400 MB/s type, offering a 33% improvement. In real-life smartphone usage, you can expect snappier multitasking and the ability to retain more active instances in the background.
The storage standard has also gone up from UFS 3.1 to UFS 4.0 speeds, promising double the read and write speeds compared to the Dimensity 8200. The latest from MediaTek also promises improvements in cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity, with peak download speeds of up to 5.17Gbps over 5G and 2x bandwidth gain, respectively.
In the imaging department, the Dimensity 8300 will finally allow MediaTek-powered Android phones to record 4K HDR videos at 60 frames per second (fps), up from the 30 fps frame limit imposed by its predecessor. It would be interesting to see how this well-rounded chip stacks up against its Qualcomm rivals, but so far, MediaTek appears to be on a roll this year.
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MediaTek’s new Dimensity 8200 brings flagship performance to cheaper phones
MediaTek is adding a new sub-flagship mobile processor to its lineup, and this one comes up with some “core” upgrades. Say hello to the Dimensity 8200, which succeeds the Dimensity 8100 system on chip (SoC), and will soon be appearing inside a bunch of smartphones made by Chinese brands. It will go against the likes of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 SoC.
The latest offering from MediaTek wades right into the flagship territory by opting for TSMC’s 4nm process. Apple also had its mighty A16 Bionic (powering the iPhone 14 Pro) fabricated on the same 4nm tech. For comparison, the MediaTek 8100 is based on TSMC’s 5nm process.
The other key change is to the core architecture. The Dimensity 8100 offered a dual-cluster design that included four Cortex-A78 cores and an equal number of Cortex-A55 cores. The Dimensity 8200 is embracing a tri-cluster design, much like the top-tier Dimensity 9200 mobile processor and Qualcomm’s own flagships.
You get a single Cortex-A78 core buzzing at 3.1GHz alongside three slightly slower Cortex-A78 cores running at 3.0GHz. For less demanding tasks, there are four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2.0GHz. The GPU remains unchanged, but MediaTek is adding a bit of extra grunt to the ARM Mali-G610 graphics engine by pairing it with next-gen HyperEngine 6.0 optimization tools.
MediaTek has also armed the Dimensity 8200 with the new Imagiq 785 chip to handle its camera capabilities, which allows 4K HDR video capture. The previous-gen Imagiq 780 ISP only offered support for 200-megapixel image capture, but its successor can go up to 320 million pixels worth of imaging data.
How MediaTek became the best-kept secret in smartphones
What kind of chipset is in your phone? If you’re reading this article, chances are you know the answer right off the top of your head. Maybe it’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Google’s Tensor G2, or an A16 Bionic in your brand new iPhone 14 Pro. Or, just maybe, it’s one with a MediaTek logo on it.
MediaTek isn’t a company we talk about often when discussing U.S. smartphones, but it’s one we most certainly should. I recently attended MediaTek’s Executive Summit in Sonoma and had a chance to sit down with the company’s Deputy General Manager of its Smartphone Business Unit, Yenchi Lee. I’ve come away from the Summit with a renewed appreciation for MediaTek’s stealthy success over the years, as well as greater excitement about where it could go in the future.
Massive success hiding in plain sight
Global smartphone shipments from Q2 2020 through Q2 2022 Joe Maring/Digital Trends
MediaTek’s T800 chipset will bring ultrafast 5G to more devices than ever
MediaTek is on a roll again with a series of impressive chipsets that promise to revolutionize 5G technology from several angles, including taking it beyond smartphones to devices like fixed wireless 5G routers, mobile hotspots, vehicles, and smart home devices.
While the company has already impressed us with some cutting-edge technology in the new Dimensity 9200 this week, it turns out that’s just the tip of a much bigger iceberg. MediaTek is also using its modem chipmaking skills to produce smaller and more energy-efficient chips capable of powering the next generation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices without compromising on performance.
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