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Unreleased MediaTek MT6893 zeroes in on the Snapdragon 865 in Geekbench 5 score

The MediaTek MT6893 could be one of two Cortex-A78-based chips from the company. (Image: MediaTek)
The MediaTek MT6893 could be one of two Cortex-A78-based chips from the company. (Image: MediaTek)
Rising Taiwanese semiconductor maker MediaTek looks like it wants a bigger slice of the high-end mobile devices segment. The company’s recent Dimensity 1000 series signalled its intentions and now the purported appearance of a new MT6893 SoC on Geekbench 5 suggests it is closing in on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 chipset.

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The mobile chipset market is largely dominated by Qualcomm, which enjoys the bulk of the market when it comes to high-end SoCs in particular. It has more competition in the mid-range and lower end of the market, however, which is where MediaTek has been able to carve out a place as the world’s fourth largest fabless semiconductor company. It was only with the recent launch of the Dimensity series that MediaTek’s ambitions to get a slice of the high-end SoC market became apparent.

A purported Geekbench 5 score for the forthcoming MediaTek MT6893 has surfaced and it shows the 6 nm chipset trading blows with the vaunted Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. Where Snapdragon 865 picks up a Geekbench 5 single-core score of 886 and a multi-core score of 3104, the new MT6893 scores 886 and 2948 respectively. If accurate, the result will certainly make Qualcomm sit up and take notice, even if it is about to launch the faster Snapdragon 875.

Interestingly, a Weibo-sourced leak suggests that the MT6893 is running Arm’s latest Cortex-A78 architecture for the high-performance cores with one clocked at 3.0 GHz and three clocked at 2.6 GHz. The S865 uses Arm’s older Cortex-A77 architecture, so theoretically, the MT6893 should be faster than the numbers it has posted. Either the source is incorrect, and it is running Cortex-A77 cores or its 6 nm node isn’t as advanced. Alternatively, its drivers may yet to be fully optimized. 

Regardless, MediaTek is making it harder for people to dismiss as has been the case in the past. It doesn’t look like it will be long before people are talking about MediaTek in the same breath as they do Qualcomm.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1293 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-11-23 (Update: 2020-11-23)