Early Xiaomi 11T series tests show the gap between the Dimensity 1200 and Snapdragon 888
Xiaomi launched the Xiaomi 11T and 11T Pro last week to much fanfare. The two phones share identical hardware for the most part, but are separated by the SoCs under the hood, with the 11T sporting MediaTek's Dimensity 1200, versus the 11T Pro and its Snapdragon 888. It appears, however, that the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 could be quite a downgrade when compared to its Snapdragon counterpart—or, at least, in certain conditions.
According to tests run by the good fellows over at AnandTech, the Dimensity 1200 lags behind the Snapdragon 888 in most CPU performance benchmarks. Results show the Snapdragon 888 on the Xiaomi 11T Pro handily outperforming the 11T's Dimensity 1200 by about 25% across tests on benchmarks like JetStream, Speedometer, and PCMark. That shouldn't be an issue, as it makes sense for the more expensive "Pro" model to offer better performance.
GPU tests offer similar results, with the Xiaomi 11T Pro and its Snapdragon 888 showing about a 35% advantage when compared to the Dimensity 1200 on the regular Xiaomi 11T. That's just for peak benchmark performance, though. AnandTech notes that Xiaomi seems to be implementing some sketchy scheduling on the Xiaomi 11T Pro. This caps gaming performance to a similar level as sustained benchmark performance, with a spoofed Genchin Impact test providing similar scores to sustained benchmark test results. The idea behind it is solid: the Xiaomi 11T Pro will never throttle when gaming. At the same time, however, owners of the 11T Pro won't ever get the real-world peak gaming performance expected of the Snapdragon 888 either.
Is that an issue? No, since the Xiaomi 11T Pro will perform just as well as any other Snapdragon 888 device in sustained gaming use-cases. As for the vanilla 11T and its Dimensity 1200, well, sustained gaming performance is right about 12% weaker than on the Snapdragon 888-powered 11T Pro. Essentially inconsequential.