MediaTek has been manufacturing mobile SoCs for a long time now and recently they too joined in on the 5G venture that everyone is following. In the last two years, MediaTek has been mainly about mid-tier processors, the Helio P and G series. But recently in the latter half of 2019, MediaTek got in the premium flagship segment and launch their first take on a 5G chip, the Dimensity 1000. This is the first in its series but we can surely hope to see the series continue in the coming years.
Just a few weeks after the release of Dimensity 1000, we have MediaTek’s Dimensity 800 and 800U, which is a mid-range 5G processor. As of now, we have seen only a few phones officially with these new 5G processors, but there are rumours about a couple of 800U phones that will be announced in India soon. How does the Dimensity 800/800U processor stack up? What are these devices? Let’s find out.
MediaTek Dimensity 800 & 800U Detailed Specifications
The Dimensity 800 falls just beneath the Dimensity 1000 and is a worthy competitor to the more famous Snapdragon 765G/765. The Dimensity 800 is built on a 7nm manufacturing process and comes with an integrated 5G modem. In terms of CPU, we get four high-performance Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2GHz and four power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores also clocked at 2GHz. The use of four high-performance cores differentiates it from the 765 in a significant way as it will improve the apps opening and launch times. For GPU, we get the Mali-G57MC4, a four-core variant of the Mali-G57, which stacks up equally against the 765G’s Adreno 620 GPU. For AI, MediaTek went with four cores consisting of three different types of cores which give the Dimensity 800 APU an achievement of 2.4 TOPs.
Moving on to the optics aspect, we have support for up to 64MP, or a dual-camera setup of 32MP+16MP. The ISP built into this processor also comes with a bunch of AI improvements, which includes, AI autofocus, autoexposure, auto white balance, noise reduction, high dynamic range (AI HDR), and dedicated facial detection hardware. However, on the display front, the Dimensity 800 falls just a bit short of the Snapdragon 765. Surely, it supports FHD+ resolution along with a refresh rate of 90Hz, which is industry-leading, but the 765 goes a step ahead by enabling support for up to 120Hz.
Dimensity 800U is a slightly tweaked version of 800 with overclocked CPU cores. It packs Dual 5G SIM support and an integrated 5G modem. You can see their difference in the below table.
Dimensity 800 vs 800U
|SoC||Dimensity 800||Dimensity 800U|
|CPU||2 x Cortex-A76 @ 2.0GHz |
6 x Cortex-A55 @ 2.0GHz
|2 x Cortex-A76 @ 2.4GHz
6 x Cortex-A55 @ 2.0GHz
|GPU||Mali-G57 MC4||Mali-G57 MC3|
|Process||TSMC 7nm||TSMC 7nm|
|5G SIM||Single SIM||Dual SIM|
|Storage||UFS 2.1||UFS 2.2|
|RAM||LPDDR4x, up to 16GB||LPDDR4x, up to 12GB|
|Display||1080p+, 120Hz||1080p+, 120Hz|
Here is the list of Dimensity 800U powered phones
- Realme Narzo 30 Pro
- Realme V15 5G
- Redmi Note 9T
- Vivo iQOO U3
- Redmi Note 9 5G
- Realme 7 5G
- Realme Q2
- Realme Q2 Pro
- Realme X7
Here is the list of Dimensity 800 powered phones
- Oppo Reno4 Z 5G
- Honor X10 Max 5G
- Honor 30 Lite
- ZTE Axon 11 SE 5G
- Honor Play 4
- Huawei Enjoy 20 Pro
- Oppo A92s
- Huawei Enjoy Z 5G
Now, let’s discuss the best features of select devices.
ZTE Axon 11 SE
ZTE has launched the Axon 11 SE in China as the cheapest 5G phone from the ZTE brand. It joins the Axon 11 series that include Snapdragon 765G powered Axon 11 5G. The Axon 11 SE has an IPS LTPS LCD punch-hole screen of 6.53 inches with 1080 x 2340 pixels Full HD+ resolution and aspect ratio of 19.5:9. It runs on Dimensity 800 chipset with MiFlavor UI Android 10 OS. We get a triple camera setup on the back that includes a 48MP primary lens, an 8MP ultrawide sensor with a 120-degree FoV, and a 2MP depth sensor.
Honor Play 4
Honor Play 4 mid-range 5G enabled device features an Infrared Temperature sensor. It comes with Dimensity 800 5G processor which is coupled with VC liquid cooling technology and a 12 layer heat dissipation structure. It has a 6.81-inch FHD display with a punch-hole selfie camera. We get quad-camera setup on the back which is consists of a 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP units.
Huawei Enjoy 20 Pro
Huawei has announced a mid-range smartphone dubbed as Huawei Enjoy 20 Pro. Talking about the specifications of the device, it features Dimensity 800, a 5G-capable 7nm based chipset from MediaTek. It sports an FHD+ LCD panel of 6.5-inch with a 90Hz refresh rate. For photography, the device packs a 48MP main camera. At the front, we get a 16MP selfie shooter. The Enjoy 20 Pro is equipped with a 4000 mAh battery with 22.5 fast charging.
The Oppo A92s which is the company’s mid-range 5G phone comes with the latest MediaTek Dimensity 800 (MT6873V) 7nm chip. We get a 6.57 inch 120Hz LCD FHD+ display with a fingerprint sensor mounted on the power button. We see a battery capacity of 4,000 mAh and it comes with support for 18W fast charging. As for the camera, we have four cameras in the back, with a 48MP main sensor, an 8MP wide-angle shooter, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro sensor. On the front side, it packs a 16MP+2MP setup in a punch hole or capsule-like design.
Huawei Enjoy Z 5G
Huawei’s latest smartphone Enjoy Z comes with 5G connectivity. It is equipped with MediaTek’s Dimensity 800 (MT6873) 7nm SoC. The device sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ LCD panel with a 91.2% screen-to-body ratio and a 90Hz refresh rate. It runs on Android 10 OS with EMUI 10.1 on top of it. We see a 48MP rear camera along with an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 2MP macro lens. A 16MP selfie camera can be seen inside the waterdrop notch. You can buy Enjoy Z at 1699 yuan (Rs. 17,999 approx) in China. There is no word about availability for the Indian market.