Taiwan-based MediaTek has traditionally been second to silicon rival Qualcomm, but the company’s mobile chips are in scores of phones around the world. However, it can be a bit difficult to trace the naming conventions and capabilities of these MediaTek processors.

Don’t worry, as our MediaTek chipset guide tries to break things down for you. Read on for all the information you need to know about MediaTek processors.

Flagship MediaTek 5G Chipset

The latest high-end 5G processors from MediaTek are the Dimension 1200 and Dimension 1100, which were announced in January 2021. Both SoCs share many features, such as the same octa-core CPU (four Cortex-A78 and four Cortex-A55), same GPU (Mali-G77 MP9), a 6nm manufacturing process, and Helio M70 modem with sub-6GHz 5G support. with.

Other notable shared features include Wi-Fi 6, 5G+5G dual SIM, Bluetooth 5.2 and 4K/60fps video recording. Unfortunately, the processors don’t offer 8K recording capabilities, as we’ve seen with top-end SoCs from Samsung and Qualcomm. 8K TVs are far from mainstream right now, so this is an understandable omission.

The chipsets also support ray-tracing, which is a graphical technique used to create more realistic lighting and reflections. MediaTek confirmed that this is a software-driven approach, so don’t expect PC-like ray-tracing effects in mobile games that support this option.

The Dimensity 1200 is the more capable chipset, as it boasts a tri-cluster arrangement (one Cortex-A78 core at 3GHz, three Cortex-A78 cores at 2.6GHz, and four Cortex-A55 cores at 2GHz), with support for refresh rates up to 168Hz. up to, mildly advanced machine learning silicon, and support for 200MP cameras.

MediaTek Dimension 1200 MediaTek Dimension 1100 MediaTek Dimension 1000/1000L/1000 Plus MediaTek Dimension 1000C
cpu
MediaTek Dimension 1200:

1x Cortex-A78 @ 3GHz
3x Cortex-A78 @ 2.6GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @ 2GHz

MediaTek Dimension 1100:

4x Cortex-A78 @ 2.6GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @ 2GHz

MediaTek Dimension 1000/1000L/1000 Plus:

4x Cortex-A77 @ 2.6GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @ 2GHz

MediaTek Dimension 1000C:

4x Cortex-A77
4x Cortex-A55

GPU
MediaTek Dimension 1200:

Arm Mali-G77 MP9

MediaTek Dimension 1100:

Arm Mali-G77 MP9

MediaTek Dimension 1000/1000L/1000 Plus:

Arm Mali-G77 MP9

MediaTek Dimension 1000C:

Arm Mali-G57 MC5

Display
MediaTek Dimension 1200:

FHD+. at 168 hertz
QHD+. at 90 hertz

MediaTek Dimension 1100:

FHD+ . at 144Hz
QHD+. at 90 hertz

MediaTek Dimension 1000/1000L/1000 Plus:

FHD+ . at 144Hz
QHD+. at 90 hertz

MediaTek Dimension 1000C:

FHD+. at 120 hertz

machine learning
MediaTek Dimension 1200:

APU 3.0
six core

MediaTek Dimension 1100:

APU 3.0
six core

MediaTek Dimension 1000/1000L/1000 Plus:

APU 3.0
six core

MediaTek Dimension 1000C:

APU 3.0
four core

modem
MediaTek Dimension 1200:

Helio M70 5G
4.7 Gbps downlink
2.5Gbps uplink
sub-6 GHz

MediaTek Dimension 1100:

Helio M70 5G
4.7 Gbps downlink
2.5Gbps uplink
sub-6 GHz

MediaTek Dimension 1000/1000L/1000 Plus:

Helio M70 5G
4.7 Gbps downlink
2.5Gbps uplink
sub-6 GHz

MediaTek Dimension 1000C:

2.3Gbps download, 1.2Gbps upload
sub-6 GHz

camera
MediaTek Dimension 1200:

200MP Single
32MP+16MP Dual
4K/60fps Recording

MediaTek Dimension 1100:

108MP Single
32MP+16MP Dual
4K/60fps Recording

MediaTek Dimension 1000/1000L/1000 Plus:

80MP Single
32MP+16MP Dual
4K/60fps Recording

MediaTek Dimension 1000C:

64MP Single
32MP+16MP Dual
4K recording

process
MediaTek Dimension 1200:

6nm

MediaTek Dimension 1100:

6nm

MediaTek Dimension 1000/1000L/1000 Plus:

7nm

MediaTek Dimension 1000C:

7nm

Meanwhile, the Dimensity 1100 features a two-tier CPU layout (four Cortex-A78 cores at 2.6GHz, four Cortex-A55 cores at 2GHz), support for refresh rates up to 144Hz, the firm’s APU 3.0 machine learning technology, and support for 108MP cameras.

In other words, we are expecting the Dimensity 1200 to power flagship-tier devices while the Dimensity 1100 will likely be an upper mid-range phone.

However, an interesting alternative is the fact that both processors offer the same Mali-G77 MP9 GPU that was in last year’s flagship silicon. And it wasn’t quite as powerful as the GPUs seen in last year’s Samsung and Qualcomm flagship SoCs. So those who value gaming performance will be better served by rival high-end processors like Qualcomm, Samsung and Huawei. In fact, even phones with last year’s Snapdragon 865 will deliver better gaming results.

Before these new MediaTek chips, the firm’s latest and greatest processors were the 7nm Dimension 1000 and 1000 Plus. The chip series first came inside phones last year, and marked the company’s first flagship processor since 2017’s Helio X range. Key features include an octa-core CPU (4x Cortex-A77 and 4x Cortex-A55), integrated 5G modem, 5G + 5G dual SIM, a Mali-G77 MP9 GPU and a six-core APU.

Other notable features include Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6, 80MP camera, 4K/60fps video recording, 144Hz refresh rate support, and support for the AV1 codec.

When it comes to graphical performance expect the flagship processors from MediaTek to lag behind the likes of Qualcomm.

The Dimensity 1000L was also launched early last year which, according to MediaTek, differs from the standard Dimensity 1000 SoC by offering lower clock speeds. The chipmaker launched the Dimensity 1000C chipset in September, and it is more like an upper mid-range chipset rather than a full-fledged flagship. The 1000C is essentially a hybrid of the Dimensity 1000 series flagship silicon and the mid-range Dimensity 820.

The Dimensity 1000C delivers the flagship’s octa-core CPU layout, with four Cortex-A77 and four Cortex-A55 cores for top-end CPU performance. But the GPU has seen a downgrade to the Dimensity 820’s mid-range Mali-G57 MP5 graphics, while the four-core APU is also a drop from the six-core machine learning silicon seen in the Dimensity 1000 series.

Unfortunately, the high-end Dimension processors didn’t see the same level of adoption as Qualcomm’s flagship processors. We are expecting Qualcomm to provide tough competition this year, as the firm launched the Snapdragon 870, apparently to give OEMs a cheaper flagship option in addition to the top-end Snapdragon 888. The Snapdragon 870 is essentially a mild upgrade to the Snapdragon 865 Plus, so it stands to reason that the Dimensity 1200 will offer slightly better CPU performance but in theory lower GPU capabilities.

The biggest win so far for the Dimension series outside China is the T-Mobile LG Velvet, which has Dimension 1000C silicone. The Realme X7 Pro is also set to launch in India in February, and is powered by the Dimensity 1000 Plus processor. As for the Dimensity 1200 and 1100 series, Redmi has confirmed that it will unveil a phone powered by the former chipset next month.

Notable Flagship Phones:

  • redmi k30 ultra
  • I live Iqoo Z1
  • LG Velvet T-Mobile
  • realme x7 pro

Mid-Range 5G Chipset

MediaTek also launched mid-range 5G SoCs in 2020, starting with the Dimension 800. The processor was quite powerful on paper, with four Cortex-A76 CPU cores and four lighter Cortex-A55 cores. It’s a departure from arch-rival Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765 series, which has two Cortex-A76 cores (plus six A55 cores).

Other notable features include Mali-G77 MP4 GPU, Dimensity 1000’s Helio M70 5G modem (which means no mmWave), 90Hz support, four-core APU for machine learning and up to 64MP single-camera with multi-frame processing Captures included. .

However, it is not the newest or most powerful mid-range Dimensity 5G chipset, as MediaTek launched the Dimensity 900 in May 2021. It has an octa-core design with two powerful Cortex-A78 CPU cores and six Cortex-A55 cores. As well as the Mali-G68 MC4 GPU.

The Mali-G68 is similar to the flagship-level Mali-G78 GPU, but on the scale of six shader cores, while anything with seven or more cores is called a Mali-G78. In other words, you’re getting a decent chunk of GPU power with this processor.

The Dimensity 900 also gets 5G+5G dual-SIM support, sub-6GHz 5G, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6 and a third-generation APU. Other notable specs include support for a 108MP single camera, up to four concurrent cameras, 4K HDR recording, FHD+ display resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and AV1 decoding.

MediaTek Dimension 800 MediaTek Dimension 820 MediaTek Dimension 720 and 800U MediaTek Dimension 700 MediaTek Dimension 900
cpu
MediaTek Dimension 800:

4x Cortex-A76
4x Cortex-A55

MediaTek Dimension 820:

4x Cortex-A76
4x Cortex-A55

MediaTek Dimension 720 and 800U:

2x Cortex-A76
6x Cortex-A55

MediaTek Dimension 700:

2x Cortex-A76
6x Cortex-A55

MediaTek Dimension 900:

2x Cortex-A76
6x Cortex-A55

GPU
MediaTek Dimension 800:

Arm Mali-G77 MP4

MediaTek Dimension 820:

Arm Mali-G57 MC5

MediaTek Dimension 720 and 800U:

Arm Mali-G57 MC3

MediaTek Dimension 700:

Arm Mali-G57 MC2

MediaTek Dimension 900:

Arm Mali-G68 MC4

modem
MediaTek Dimension 800:

3.5 Gbps download
sub-6 GHz

MediaTek Dimension 820:

n/a
sub-6 GHz

MediaTek Dimension 720 and 800U:

2.77Gbps Download (Dimension 720)
2,3Gbps download (dimension 800U)
sub-6 GHz

MediaTek Dimension 700:

2.77Gbps download
sub-6 GHz

MediaTek Dimension 900:

2.77Gbps download
sub-6 GHz

camera
MediaTek Dimension 800:

80MP Single
32MP+16MP Dual

MediaTek Dimension 820:

80MP Single
32MP+16MP Dual

MediaTek Dimension 720 and 800U:

64MP Single
20MP+16MP Dual

MediaTek Dimension 700:

64MP Single
16MP+16MP Dual

MediaTek Dimension 900:

108MP Single
20MP+20MP Dual

machine learning
MediaTek Dimension 800:

APU 3.0

MediaTek Dimension 820:

APU 3.0

MediaTek Dimension 720 and 800U:

APU 3.0

MediaTek Dimension 700:

n/a

MediaTek Dimension 900:

APU 3.0

process
MediaTek Dimension 800:

7nm

MediaTek Dimension 820:

7nm

MediaTek Dimension 720 and 800U:

7nm

MediaTek Dimension 700:

7nm

MediaTek Dimension 900:

6nm

MediaTek also introduced the Dimension 820, Dimension 800U, and Dimension 720 processors in 2020, all of which generally sit below the Dimension 900. The former is a Dimensity 800 upgrade, with a Mali-G57 MP5 GPU, higher CPU clock speeds, and 5G. +5G Dual…