The MediaTek Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1100 are MediaTek's newest 6nm, 5G-ready chipsets featuring Cortex-A78 cores
Hot on the heels on Qualcomm unveiling the Snapdragon 870, Taiwanese chipmaker has taken the opportunity to launch its new offerings: the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1100. Both chipsets are manufactured on TSMC's 6nm process node. We've heard quite a bit about the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1100, with the former managing to outclass last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. The latter showed up in a recent leak too, but without any accompanying performance metrics.
The MediaTek Dimensity 1200 is the first-ever MediaTek-branded SoC that uses a 1+3+4 CPU configuration. Its 'prime' Cortex-A78 core is clocked at an impressive 3.0GHz, with the remaining Cortex-A78 cores running at 2.6GHz and the four 'efficiency' Cortex-A55 cores at 2.0GHz. Oddly enough, MediaTek has opted to use the previous-generation ARM Mali G77 MC9 nine-core GPU. It is the diametric opposite of Huawei's Kirin 9000, which used a mixture of Cortex-A77 cores and a Mali G78 GPU.
The MediaTek Dimensity 1200's ISP (image signal processor) can handle inputs from a single 200MP camera sensor, putting on par with equally-specced Qualcomm offerings. However, dual-camera configurations are limited to 32MP + 16MP. It can record 4K video, but MediaTek hasn't specified at what framerate. The MediaTek Dimensity 1200 can support a single FHD+ (1,080 x 2,520) display clocked at 165Hz. Lastly, support for UFS 3.1 storage and LPRRD5 RAM is also included.
Moving on to the watered-down MediaTek Dimensity 1100, we get the same mix of Cortex-A78 and Cortex-A75 cores, but in a 4+4 configuration. The former is clocked at 2.6GHz, and the latter at 2.0GHz. Everything is pretty much identical across the board, with a few minor tweaks here and there. The Dimensity 1100 can only support FHD+ displays clocked at 144Hz, which should hardly be a problem, considering that 144Hz smartphone displays are few and far between. Furthermore, it's ISP can handle inputs from a single 108MP sensor.
Lastly, both the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1100 are 5G-ready. However, they are only compatible with sub-6GHz networks, with support for mmWave networks nowhere in sight. Other wireless connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6 (no 6E, still), Bluetooth 5.2, and NFC. Realme has confirmed that the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 is expected to debut alongside a Realme-branded device. We should know more about the MediaTek Dimensity 1100's fate soon.