Last night, Xiaomi released the Xiaomi 12 series which uses the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. This also means that the Chinese flagship smartphone has opened the curtain of upgrading in 2022. While many Android flagships will use the Snapdragon 8 Gen1, this chip has a decent competitor. The MediaTek Dimensity 9000 will also enter the market and it will be cheaper.
The difference is that the Snapdragon 8 will not become a mobile phone manufacturer this time. The only thing is that the Dimensity 9000 processor launched by MediaTek will also enter the flagship market, and it will be cheaper.
It is important to note that the Dimensity 9000 and Snapdragon 8 Gen1 have similar performance, In fact, the Dimensity 9000 surpasses the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 in some key areas. The CPU performance of the X2 in both chips has the same core performance. However, the Dimensity 9000 is more energy-efficient, thanks to its TSMC 4nm manufacturing process. Previous test data shows that the energy efficiency ratio is 40-50% higher.
SD 8 Gen1 & Dimensity 9000 has their advantages
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is still superior in terms of game performance, and ISP support is better. Furthermore, its camera appears to have an edge. These two points are the key points where the Dimensity 9000 is not dominant. In addition, the Dimensity 9000 is as fast as the Snapdragon 8 Gen1. Thus, except for manufacturers preferring the Snapdragon name, it would not be an easy first choice.
Another key competition between the Dimensity 9000 and Snapdragon 8 Gen1 is the price. MediaTek certainly has a price advantage, but everyone is concerned about how much cheaper it can be. Industry analysts say that the market price of Dimensity 9000 is between $100 – $110, while Snapdragon 8 Gen1 is $120 – $130. Going by these figures, the Dimensity 9000 will be $30 cheaper than the Snapdragon 8 Gen1, and the price advantage is about 30%. However, the overall price difference between the two sides is not too high. MediaTek will not rely solely on price this time. In competition, mobile phone manufacturers will choose two chips to create differentiated flagship mobile phones.
Dimensity 9000 flagship processor
The Dimensity 9000 chip uses TSMC’s 4nm process + Armv9 architecture combination and has a high-performing Cortex-X2 super-large core. In addition, it has 3 Arm Cortex-A710 large cores (frequency 2.85GHz) and 4 Arm Cortex-A510 energy efficiency cores. This chip also supports LPDDR5X memory and the speed can reach 7500Mbps.
It adopts a flagship 18-bit HDR-ISP image signal processor. This technology can shoot HDR video with three cameras at the same time. Furthermore, the chip has a low power consumption performance. This chip comes with a high-performance ISP processing speed of up to 9 billion pixels/sec. It also supports triple exposure for triple cameras as well as up to 320MP cameras. In terms of Al, this processor uses MediaTek’s fifth-generation Al processor APU. This is 4 times more energy-efficient than the previous generation. It can provide a high-efficiency AI experience for shooting, gaming, video, and other applications. In terms of games, it uses an ARM Mali-G710 graphics processor and launched a mobile ray tracing SDK kit. This includes ARM Mali-G710 ten-core GPU, mobile ray-tracing graphics rendering technology, support 180Hz FHD+ display.