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The MediaTek Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1100 are MediaTek's newest 6nm, 5G-ready chipsets featuring Cortex-A78 cores

MediaTek has launched two new SoC, the Dimensity 1100, and Dimensity 1200
MediaTek has launched two new SoC, the Dimensity 1100, and Dimensity 1200 (image via MediaTek
MediaTek has launched two new Dimensity-branded chipsets, the Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1100. The former is MediaTek's latest ARM Cortex-A78-powered flagship offering which performs on par with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, while the latter is a slightly more scaled-down version. The MediaTek Dimensity 1200 is expected to debut alongside a Realme smartphone soon.

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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.

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MediaTek Dimensity 1200 specifications (image via MediaTek)
MediaTek Dimensity 1200 specifications (image via MediaTek)

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Anil Satyanarayana, 2021-01-20 (Update: 2021-01-20)