We may have to wait until February to see the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 in action
The MediaTek Dimensity 9000 has been making some waves since its announcement some time ago. It is the first MediaTek chip in a long time that can trade blows with a similarly-specced high-end Qualcomm counterpart, as exhibited by its recent AnTuTu showing. However, we may have to wait until February 2022 to see it in action, according to a new report by Mydrivers.
While it is too early to speculate which smartphone will be the first to run the MediaTek Dimensity 9000, we can expect it to be Chinese-origin. A report from earlier told us that the Redmi K50 Gaming Edition and POCO F4 GT could be Dimensity 9000-powered smartphones, although it might not be the first. That being said, we can expect the SoC in a boatload of upper-mid-range smartphones from Xiaomi, Redmi, Oppo, Vivo, Realme and even OnePlus as 2022 passes.
Nonetheless, the Dimensity 9000's delayed launch isn't necessarily bad. Fans will get to see how the competition fares, as a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 powered smartphone is expected to hit shelves sometime in late December 2021. The only remaining piece in the puzzle is the Exynos 2200, which will debut alongside the Galaxy S22 series sometime in February.
It'll be interesting to see how the three behemoths fare against each other. The Exynos 2200, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (sigh), and the Dimensity 9000 have exact CPU core configuration, i.e., 1x Cortex X2, 3x Cortex-A710 and 4x Cortex-A510, although they're probably set to operate at different clock speeds. The main difference lies in the GPUs, with Qualcomm sticking to its tried-and-tested Adreno GPU and MediaTek to a Mali GPU.
On the other hand, the Exynos 2200 is expected to run a AMD Radeon GPU, which will undoubtedly blow its competition out of the water. However, that, and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, are fabbed on Samsung's 4nm process. It is widely accepted to be inferior to TSMC 4nm node, which the Dimensity 9000 is based on. 2022 could finally be the year MediaTek reigns supreme as the SoC king, but we'll have to wait until February to find out.