MediaTek Dimensity 900: 6nm chipset with integrated 5G modem launched for mid-range smartphones
MediaTek has kept a relatively low profile compared to 2020 when it launched a barrage of Dimensity-branded SoCs. The Dimensity 1200 and 1100 are the only mobile chipsets the company has put out so far in 2021. They now have a younger sibling in the MediaTek Dimensity 900, which is now official.
As its name implies, the MediaTek Dimensity 900 is an intermediate between Dimensity 1000 and 820. However, it uses TSMC's 6nm process node, quite like the Dimensity 1100 and 1200 launched earlier this year. It packs two ARM Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.4GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores at 2.0GHz. A four-core ARM Mali-G68 MC4 GPU handles graphics.
While the updated Cortex-A78 cores could help with the Dimensity 900's single-core performance, including only two of those could set its multi-core prowess back by a lot. MediaTek decided this could be for the best as it prevents the Dimensity 900 from undercutting some of its higher-end counterparts, such as the Dimensity 1000, 1000+ and 1000c.
Other MediaTek Dimensity 900 features include support for LPDDR5 RAM, UFS 3.1 storage. It is a bit odd, given that the top-of-the-line Dimensity 1200 only supports LPDDR4x RAM. The SoC supports displays with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz and FHD+ resolution. OEMs can also use a MEMC chip with the Dimensity 900, allowing for real-time SDR to HDR and HDR10 to HDR10+ conversion.
Moving on to the 5G side of things, the MediaTek Dimensity 900 supports both standalone and non-standalone networks, 2CC CA, VoNR (voice-over new radio), and offers download speeds up to 2.77Gbps. Support for mmWave networks is absent, unfortunately. Other wireless connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6.
OEMs can use up to one 108MP sensor in a single-camera configuration. Its video recording capability caps out at 4K 30 FPS. It is unclear as to when we'll see the MediaTek Dimensity 900 in action, but it'll probably be alongside a Chinese-origin smartphone.