A few years ago, when people were talking about flagship SoCs, the conversation inevitably turned to processors from manufacturers like Qualcomm Snapdragon, Huawei HiSilicon Kirin and Samsung Exynos. MediaTek also made a name for themselves with the release of the Helio X series, but what they offered didn’t really live up to consumer expectations. To stay one step ahead, MediaTek has launched the Dimensity 1000 in 2019. To show everyone that the company is serious about establishing itself in the market, the Taiwanese company launched the Dimensity 1000 Plus in May 2020.
Aiming for significant market penetration, MediaTek has launched the MediaTek Dimensity 1100 and MediaTek Dimensity 1200 this year. Both are top tier SoCs. Those who have tested these chips confirm that they are improved versions of the Dimensity 1000 Plus.
Both chips were manufactured using the 6nm TSMC process, which is a marked improvement over the 7nm process of the Dimensity 1000 Plus. The 5G modem built into both chips supports 5G NSA and SA 5G modes, 5G SIM dual standby, 5G (2cc) carrier aggregation in FDD and TDD, VoNR and dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS). If the 5G connection is always working on your phone, you can also switch to 5G HSR and 5G Lift mode.
Although the Dimensity 1100 and the Dimensity 1200 run on octa-core SoCs, they are not exactly the same. The Dimensity 1200 is a high-end chip compared to the Dimensity 1100 and is equipped with a high-quality Cortex-A78 core. Instead of a 1X Prime + 3X Performance system, the Dimensity 1100 has four performance cores. In both SoCs, the four remaining cores are Cortex-A55. They are compatible with MediaTek HyperEngine 3.0 gaming technology. Gaming technologies include multi-touch, which improves touch screen response, as well as support for 5G calls and parallel data transfer. These features also save energy on access points and track spokes in AR applications and games.
The Dimensity 1200 offers an excellent refresh rate of 168 Hz at FHD+ resolution. The 1100 density offers a refresh rate of 144 Hz at FHD+ resolution only. Both chips offer a refresh rate of 90 Hz at QHD+ resolution. HDR10+ video playback and AV1 video decoding are provided by both chipsets. In addition, both chips support wireless stereo audio, Bluetooth 5.2 and LC3 encoding for superior music playback on TWS headphones.
The Dimensity 1200 offers a number of things that the Dimensity 1100 does not. For example, the SoC has a penta-core that accommodates image sensors of 200 megapixels (single) or up to 32 megapixels + 16 megapixels (dual). With HDR 4K video recording, you also get a very good dynamic range. The penta-core provider of the Dimensity 1100 can accommodate a 108 megapixel image sensor (single) or a 32 megapixel + 16 megapixel image sensor (dual). Both chips support AI camera features such as panoramic night vision, noise reduction, multi-person bokeh and HDR functions. The chips also support AI-enhanced SDR-to-HDR video playback capabilities.
For AI, the package offers a hexa-core AI processor called MediaTek APU 3.0. This also improves energy efficiency and reduces latency. The first devices with MediaTek’s Dimensity 1100 and Dimensity 1200 chips are expected to hit the market by the end of the first quarter of this year.