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The MediaTek Dimensity 1000 is the first mobile SoC to have a hardware-based AV1 video decoder

The Dimensity 1000 supports the AV1 codec. (Source: MediaTek)
The Dimensity 1000 supports the AV1 codec. (Source: MediaTek)
AV1 is a video codec that allows for the playback of 4K video at up to 60 frames per second (fps) in the presence of smaller file-sizes compared to other similar formats. MediaTek has announced that its 2020 flagship SoC, the Dimensity 1000, supports it at a hardware level. Therefore, devices with this processor can use the YouTube app at the highest resolutions.

The MediaTek Dimensity 1000 offers a considerable number of reasons to be taken seriously as a premium product in 2020, not the least of which is integrated 5G support and the actual ability to measure up to the Snapdragon 865 and Kirin 990 SoCs. Now, the Taiwanese semiconductor OEM has highlighted another possible advantage to its uptake: AV1 video codec support.

This is a royalty-free modality to get high-quality video streams in one's app without the downside of large file-sizes. Google has implemented it for up to 4K/60fps playback on its own relevant services, although this is something normally reserved for Android TVs running certain Realtek or Broadcom chipsets.

However, MediaTek now asserts that phones running on the Dimensity 1000 will also be able to use AV1 on a hardware basis. Therefore, these devices would be able to exhibit the highest resolutions in their YouTube app's settings. It is just a shame there are not many of them around to test this out on as yet.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-04-29 (Update: 2020-04-29)