MediaTek wants the high-end mobile SoC game, and the latest weapon is the Dimensity 1000+. The new chipset supports sub-6 GHz 5G and is the first to allow phones to display 4K 60 fps YouTube videos without turning your phone on a hot plate, or so they say.
While Qualcomm is not entirely interested in building a mobile platform that incorporates only 5G capabilities, that could open the door for other Asian companies to fill the gap.
Huawei announced the Kirin 990 5G chipset last year in September, which supports sub-6 Ghz 5G but does not support mmWave, the variant deployed in high-density urban areas. More importantly, phones powered by the Kirin 990, such as the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, P40 and P40 Pro, as well as the folding Mate Xs, lack any access to Android updates and features. Google services, which is a requirement outside China.
Today, Mediatek has announced the Dimensity 1000+ SoC aimed at the high-end smartphone market, after years of dedicating most of its attention to mid-range and niche gaming phones.
At the heart of the new mobile platform lies four Cortex A77 cores running up to 2.6 Ghz and four lower power, cortex A55 cores running up to 2.0 Ghz, built in a process 7nm. There is also an integrated 5G modem that Mediatek claims is more energy efficient than any competing solution thanks to its ability to dynamically adjust power states.
Like the Huawei Kirin 990, the Dimensity 1000+ supports only sub-6Ghz 5G, though it provides faster theoretical speeds – up to 4.7 Gbps download and 2.5 Gbps upload. There is also support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, which is the most you can ask at this point.
The built-in GPU is a Mali G77 MP9, which is supposed to be more modest than what you’d expect to see on Samsung’s Exynos 990 inside the Galaxy S20, but still has strong mobile games on the QHD resolutions. Interestingly, Mediatek claims that the Dimensity 1000+ can drive around 144 Hz displays and also has support for AV1 decode in hardware, which will be the first of any mobile chipset.
As for what phones are powered by Mediatek’s new chipset, we know that iQOO – a Vivo sub-brand – will be developing a smartphone based on Dimensity 1000+. However, there are rumors that OnePlus could also use it on the expected OnePlus 8 Lite, but hopefully there is no need to cheat on benchmarks to make an impression.