2020 has been a pretty good year for MediaTek thanks, in part, to the push achieved by MediaTek Dimensity processors. We have seen this family of SoCs implemented in countless mid-range and premium mid-range terminals and today this family is getting bigger thanks to a new member.
The Taiwanese firm has presented the new MediaTek Dimensity 900, a premium mid-range processor that will compete against Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 768. It is a chip manufactured in a six-nanometer process that seeks to democratize screens with high refresh rates and 108-megapixel sensors.
MediaTek Dimensity 900 specifications
|MediaTek Dimensity 900|
|CPU||2 x 2.4GHz ARM Cortex-A78|
6 x 2GHz ARM Cortex-A55
|Displays||120Hz FullHD +|
|Memories||UFS 3.1 / UFS 2.2|
LPDDR5 / LPDDR4
|Camera||Up to 108 MP|
|Connectivity||5G SA / NSA sub-6GHz|
GPS L1CA + L5
Galileo E1 + E5a
5G and WiFi 6, of course
The new MediaTek Dimensity 900 is a processor manufactured in six nanometers by TSMC with eight cores. Six of them are Cortex-A55 at 2 GHZ and two of them Cortex-A78 at 2.4 GHz. Its graphics is an ARM Mali G68 MC4 and, in addition, it incorporates an independent artificial intelligence processing unit (APU) that will handle aspects related to the camera and the screen.
The chip supports LPDDR4 and LPDDR5 RAM, as well as UFS 2.2 and UFS 3.1 storage systems. A priori, it is prepared to mount the fastest options currently available on the market.
Unsurprisingly, the Dimensity 900 is integrated with a 5G modem supporting 5G NSA and SA networks, carrier aggregation, and support for bandwidths up to 120 MHz. Unfortunately, this model does not support millimeter bands. It also supports WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, Glonass, and Galileo.
In terms of displays and cameras, the chip supports FullHD+ displays with up to 120 Hz refresh rate and multiple cameras with sensors up to 108 megapixels. Both aspects are typical of high-end devices and MediaTek’s idea is to democratize these aspects.
The first cell phones with MediaTek Dimensity 900 processors are expected to arrive during the second quarter of 2021, so we will have to wait until then to see their performance in real environments.