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MediaTek reportedly working on two Cortex-A78 based chips

New MediaTek chips are allegedly in the pipeline
New MediaTek chips are allegedly in the pipeline (image via MediaTek)
A new leak suggests that MediaTek is working on two new chipsets that use ARM's latest Cortex-A78 cores. It will likely succeed last year's Dimensity lineup and set a precedent for subsequent MediaTek releases in 2021. The hardware is expected to make its debut alongside a Chinese-origin smartphone in the coming weeks.
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Even though ARM unveiled its Cortex-A78 and Cortex-X1 cores earlier this year, we are yet to see them in action. If recent benchmark results are anything to go by, they can pack quite a punch. We've only seen them in Exynos and Qualcomm chipsets so far. MediaTek is all set to join that list soon, according to a new leak.

Weibo stalwart Digital Chat Station says MediaTek's upcoming MT6893 and MT6891 chips will use Cortex-A78 cores, likely on a 5nm or 6nm process node. Judging by the model number, the former is likely MediaTek's top-of-the-line offering, presumably a sequel to the Dimensity 1000. The tipster rounds things off by saying that the company is expected to release both chips earlier than usual. Considering that the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 was released in November 2019, we can expect the company to unveil the silicon soon.

If the yet-to-be-named MediaTek chip uses the same 4+4 configuration as the Dimensity 1000, we can expect it to perform on par with the Exynos 1080 (four Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 3.0GHz). While its performance will be significantly better than its predecessors, it is unlikely to surpass the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 or the Exynos 2100. However, the gap will probably be a lot less narrow should MediaTek opt for a 1+3+4 design with a Cortex-X1 at the helm.

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Anil Satyanarayana, 2020-11- 1 (Update: 2020-11- 1)