MediaTek recently made a splash by re-entering high end SOC for mobile with Dimensity 1000 along with 5G modem integration. MediaTek is now aiming the mid tier segment with 5G modem integration and has announced Dimensity 800.
The 7nm SOC has two clusters with 4X Cortex A76 @ 2.0GHz for powerlifting tasks and 4X Cortex A55 @ 2.0GHz for power saving. This is quite a change as Qualcomm, Huawei and Samsung has now opted for tri cluster structure where only one or two cores represent the power cluster with full clock speed. However, this is comparable to its bigger sibling but Dimensity 1000 has Cortex A77 at the helm.
The GPU is powered by ARM Mali G57 MC4 with Valhall architecture, which is the latest and greatest GPU architecture by ARM.
The Surprise comes in AI segment where MeadiaTek has packed 4 core APU capable of computing 2.4 TOPS. However the cores are divided in clusters as two heavy cores, three medium cores, and one lightweight core.
The cheery on the pie is the integrated 5G modem which is capable of two carrier aggregation for 30% wider high speed and sub 6Ghz 5G connection. Just like Huawei’s solution, this also does not support mmWave. This is 7nm produced modem and will deliver energy efficient operation.
The modem is also capable of dual 5G connectivity where two sims can simultaneously work under 5G. This on papers is better than Snapdragon 855 special 5G SOC but we have yet to see the 865 SOC by Qualcomm.
Now this is where MediaTek lags a bit as the SOC is capable of supporting single cameras up to 64MP, as well as 32MP/16MP dual camera configurations. No 108MP camera support is here folks. It also supports multi-frame video HDR, AI noise reduction. Video recording is restricted at 4K. (No 8K support here)
Wifi 6 along with Bluetooth 5.1 are supported and resolutions can go up to FHD+ screens at 90Hz but do not support 120Hz like its bigger sibling.