A few years back, when the mention of flagship SoCs would crop up in a conversation, the conversation would inevitably veer towards the processors offered by companies like Qualcomm Snapdragon, Huawei HiSilicon Kirin, and Samsung Exynos. MediaTek also came into prominence with the launch of its Helio X series but what it offered didn’t really match consumers’ expectations. In a bid to get ahead in the game, MediaTek launched the Dimensity 1000 in 2019. To show everybody that it was serious about making its presence felt in the market, the Taiwanese company launched the Dimensity 1000 Plus in May 2020.
With an aim to penetrate into the market in a big way this year, MediaTek has now launched the MediaTek Dimensity 1100 and MediaTek Dimensity 1200. Both of these happen to be top-tier SoCs. Those who have tested these chips vouch for the fact that these are upgraded versions of the Dimensity 1000 Plus.
Both the chips have been constructed on TSMC’s 6nm process which is definitely an improvement from the 7nm process found in Dimensity 1000 Plus. A 5G modem, which is integrated into both the chips, supports 5G NSA and SA modes, Dual SIM Dual Standby 5G, 5G carrier aggregation (2cc) across FDD and TDD, VoNR support, and Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS). If 5G connectivity works consistently on your phone, you can also switch to 5G HSR mode and 5G Elevator mode.
Though both Dimensity 1100 and Dimensity 1200 run on octa-core SoC, they are not entirely similar. Dimensity 1200, which is a higher-end chip as compared to Dimensity 1100, has a premium Cortex-A78 core. Instead of a 1x prime + 3x performance system, the Dimensity 1100 has four performance cores. On the two SoCs, the other four cores are Cortex-A55. They are compatible with HyperEngine 3.0 gaming technologies by MediaTek. The gaming technologies comprise a multi-touch boost that amplifies the responsiveness of the touch-screen along with 5G call and data concurrency support. These features also enable hotspot power savings and ray tracing in AR apps and games.
The Dimensity 1200 boasts of an excellent 168Hz refresh rate at FHD + resolution. The Dimensity 1100 offers a refresh rate of 144Hz only at FHD + resolution. Both the chips deliver a refresh rate of 90Hz at QHD+ resolution. HDR10+ video playback and AV1 video decoding are offered by both chips. Apart from these, the two chips also support wireless stereo audio, Bluetooth 5.2, and LC3 encoding that facilitates premium quality music streaming on TWS earbuds.
The Dimensity 1200 offers a couple of things that the Dimensity 1100 doesn’t. For instance, its SoC has a penta-core ISP that accommodates 200MP image sensors (single), or up to 32MP + 16MP image sensors (dual). You also get a very good dynamic range because of the 4K HDR video capture. The penta-core ISP on the Dimensity 1100 accommodates 108MP image sensor (single)or up to 32MP + 16MP image sensors (dual). Both the chips support AI camera functions like AI Panorama Night Shot, AI Noise Reduction, AI Multi-Person Bokeh, and HDR capabilities. AI SDR-to-HDR, which happens to be AI-enhanced video playback features, are also supported by the chips.
For AI computing, the package provides the users with Hexa-core AI Processor titled the MediaTek APU 3.0. It also helps in bringing an improvement in power efficiency and lowering down the rate of latency. The first devices featuring the MediaTek Dimensity 1100 and Dimensity 1200 chips are expected to hit the market by the end of the first quarter of this year.