MediaTek Dimensity 9000: Everything you need to know about the flagship chipset

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LAGUNA BEACH, USA (Pocket-lint) - MediaTek has announced the Dimensity 9000, which is acceptable to instrumentality connected Qualcomm's yet-to-be-revealed Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 level successful the contention for the champion top-end chipset for 2022.

With the top-end Dimensity 1200 already successful the market, you mightiness beryllium wondering wherefore Dimensity 9000 is important. Well, it uses the latest 4nm accumulation process, bringing further advantages crossed a assortment of cardinal areas.

So should it beryllium the chipset that you privation successful your adjacent flagship device? Here's a summary of what Dimensity 9000 tin enactment and wherefore that matters.

How almighty is Dimensity 9000?

  • 4nm system-on-chip (SoC) with octa-core CPU:
    • 1x 'Ultra core': Arm Cortex-X2 to 3.05GHz
    • 3x 'Super cores': Arm Cortex-A710 to 2.85GHz
    • 4x 'Efficiency cores': Arm Cortex-A510
  • LPDDR5X representation enactment (7500Mbps)
  • 5th gen AI processing portion (APU)

Interestingly, MediaTek has 'skipped' a generation: the Dimensity 1200 is simply a 6nm process, portion the Dimensity 9000 jumps consecutive to 4nm, efficaciously bypassing 5nm. Ultimately that smaller fig means shorter question for existent wrong the CPU and truthful greater ratio and powerfulness savings.

That goes hand-in-hand with enactment for LPDDR5X RAM, which is approaching 25 per cent faster than the erstwhile generation, and again is designed for little powerfulness depletion erstwhile delivering 5G, artificial quality (AI) and borderline applications.

What features does Dimensity 9000 support?

But it's truly the enactment for cardinal areas of flagship phones wherever Dimensity 9000 shows-off conscionable what it tin do.

Cameras

  • 320-megapixel camera solution support

The Dimensity 9000 supports a whopping 320-megapixels - the maximum antecedently was 200MP - which makes it the archetypal flagship mobile processor to supply specified support.

The representation awesome processor (ISP) is simply a monolithic 9 Gigapixels per second. Think astir that for a second: that's 9 cardinal pixels per 2nd processing capacity. To enactment that successful perspective: adjacent the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus has a 2.7Gpixel/s capacity. Dimensity 9000 could, successful theory, seizure 150MP images astatine 60 frames per second. Or 2 8K streams astatine 120fps.

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In addition, Dimensity 9000 has what's described arsenic "a flagship 18-bit HDR-ISP design". That's a precocious dynamic scope (HDR) representation awesome processor, to breakdown the acronyms, which tin enactment HDR video signaling successful up to 3 cameras simultaneously. That could make immoderate truly absorbing zoom-while-recording options, for example.

In short: expect flagship devices camera resolutions to increase. But not conscionable to output elephantine images, alternatively to supply much pixel sites for the involvement of processing and dynamic scope imaginable successful some stills and Ultra-HD video capture.

Display

  • 180Hz show refresh complaint enactment (at Full HD+ resolution)
    • 144Hz astatine WQHD+ resolution

Refresh complaint is the fig of cycles per 2nd that a surface repeats its image. The much per 2nd the smoother it looks during motion. It seems similar lone a twelvemonth agone that displays were offering 90Hz oregon 120Hz maximum refresh rates, oregon immoderate gaming devices with 144Hz.

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Dimensity 9000 jumps good beyond that, with enactment for a 180Hz refresh complaint - assuming a Full HD+ solution astatine maximum. That sets a precedent for wherever this processor could appear: it's beardown capable to thrust a flagship gaming device. Even if the solution increases - and WQHD+ equates to 2960 x 1440 - past that dips to 144Hz maximum. Still impressive.

However, we bash wonderment if the artillery demands beyond 120Hz, oregon erstwhile a instrumentality is not functioning dynamically and adjusting the refresh, is worthy the commercialized off.

Gaming

  • Arm Mali-G710 MC10 graphics processor
  • Ray-tracing SDK utilizing Vulkan for Android

Speaking of which, successful summation to a almighty octa-core processor, the Dimensity 9000 has a almighty graphics processor. So overmuch that, with an SDK (software improvement kit) utilizing Vulkan for Android, there's enactment for ray-tracing - meaning much realistic lighting and reflections enactment imaginable successful Android games. No longer being the reserve of PC oregon next-gen console is simply a beauteous chaotic imaginable connected mobile.

Connectivity

  • First 'Release 16' 5G smartphone modem
  • Sub-6GHz with 3CC Carrier Aggregation (300MHz) 7Gbps downlink
  • Bluetooth 5.3 and Wi-Fi 6E

As ever there's 5G enactment - but lone Sub-6GHz, not mmWave. However, the Dimensity 9000 is the archetypal to realise a 'Release 16' 5G modem, which tin instrumentality vantage of wider spectrum bandwidth, which could mean adjacent speedier 5G connectivity.

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There's besides Wi-Fi 6E support, which builds upon the existing 802.11ax standard, making for adjacent faster 6GHz support. You'll request compatible modems to get the astir retired of this, of course, but if you bash past that should mean double-fast download times.

When volition Dimensity 9000 devices launch? 

That's the cardinal dollar question: which handsets volition diagnostic MediaTek's Dimensity 9000 processor? At its November 2021 unveiling, MediaTek didn't uncover immoderate authoritative partners, but 1 period connected from that lawsuit it's each changed.

The archetypal instrumentality to diagnostic MediaTek Dimensity 9000 volition beryllium Oppo's 2022 Find X flagship - perchance the Find X4, though that's not confirmed. In summation Redmi has confirmed its K50 flagship volition besides diagnostic the chipset (an absorbing turn, due to the fact that its equivalent Xiaomi device, the Xiaomi 12, will beryllium utilizing Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 instead).

Elsewhere there's authoritative Dimensity 9000 enactment incoming from Vivo and Honor, but successful precisely which 2022 handsets we're yet to spot - astatine a conjecture we'd wager the X80 Pro+ and View 50, respectively.

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