Based in Taiwan, MediTek is an SoC manufacturing company known primarily for their mid-range offerings. In terms of mobile processors, Qualcomm leads the category by mass-producing SoCs for every budget smartphone out there. Back in the early 2018 and 2019, Mediatek launched two mid-range segments SoCs, known as Helio P and Helio G. But going into 2020, things are changing as far as the capacity of MediTek developed SoCs are concerned. Just recently MediaTek launched a flagship-grade SoC by the name Dimensity 1000. Besides having top-notch hardware interface the dimensity series from MediaTek is an SoC that allows for 5G connectivity. This is MediaTek’s answer to Qualcomm’s snapdragon 865 chip. Even though its not on par with the SD 865, but it is good to see some competition in this category. Now Qualcomm launched another 5G enabled SoC by the name Snapdragon 765G. Following on that MediaTek just launched the Dimensity 800. Just like the SD 765, the dimensity 800 is a 5G compatible chip for mid-range devices. So in this article let’s take a look at their differences and what these new mid-range 5G processors have to offer.
MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs Snapdragon 765G
|SoC||Dimensity 800||Snapdragon 765G|
|CPU||4x Cortex A76 @ 2.0GHz|
4x Cortex A55 @ 2.0GHz
|1x Kryo 475 (A76) @ 2.4GHz|
1x Kryo 475 (A76) @ 2.2GHz
6x (A55) @ 1.8GHz
Select Snapdragon Elite Gaming Features
|Qualcomm Spectra 355|
Dual: 22MP ZSL
|Modem||MediaTek’s Integrated Modem||Integrated X52 Modem|
|Refresh Rate||Full HD+ displays up to 90Hz||Full HD+ displays up to 120Hz|
Both Dimensity 800 and Snapdragon 765G are built on a 7nm process. So we get 7nm node with these two top-tier mid-range chips. It means both SoCs will be powered efficiently. So whether you are buying flagship or mid-range chipsets for your next 5G phone, you will always get an incredible experience.
One of the key aspects of Dimensity 800 processor, is that it comes with 5G connectivity by virtue of integrated 5G modem on to the chip. Much like the Snapdragon 765G, it will be power-efficient than the 5G processors that come with a discrete 5G modem specification. They don’t have a 5G modem built on to the chip, rather they have both the components separate from one another. This is not considered efficient as compared to an SoC that has an integrated modem and chip configuration.
In terms of support in the Dimensity 800, we have 5G with two carrier aggregation, which is considerably considered better in terms of coverage than the single carrier aggregation. Its supports both standalone and non-standalone sub 6 GHz networks. It also supports 2G/3G/4G as a multi-mode feature depending on the network and coverage as all countries do not have 5G working everywhere yet. We also have support for Dynamic Spectrum Sharing and Voice Over New Radio.
On the other hand, Snapdragon 765G’s integrated X52 4G LTE/ 5G modem also supports mmWave, sub-6, NSA, SA TDD, FDD and Dynamic Spectrum Sharing for truly global coverage.
As both chipsets support all sub 6 GHz networks, so we can expect to see this processor in devices which are being released in the future in Asia, Europe and North America. This is because these continents have countries developing on such networks. As far as devices are concerned, we will see Dimensity 800 powered devices in the first half of 2020.
In the MediaTek dimensity 800, we see a new approach to octa-core setup. When most other companies are opting for tri-cluster arrangements, Mediatek here went with dual cluster arrangement that includes four Cortex-A76 performance cores and four Cortex-A55 power-efficient cores. All of them are clocked at 2Ghz. This surely means it will somewhat be less power-efficient than it’s Snapdragon counterpart, but it will be more snappy and fast. MediaTek could have opted for the new Cortex-A77 core, but judging by the fact that this is a mid-range specific chip, this might be MediaTek’s way to keep the production cost low.
On the other hand, Snapdragon 765G features tri-cluster arrangement which includes single Kryo 475 (ARM Cortex-A76-based) Prime core clocked at 2.4GHz, single Kryo 475 (ARM Cortex-A76-based) Performance core clocked at 2.2GHz and six ARM Cortex-A55-based Efficiency cores clocked at 1.8GHz.
We see a four-core version of Mali-G57 in the Dimensity 800, which is on par with the Adreno 620 found in Snapdragon 765G. The Mali-G57 together with MediaTek’s HyperEngine gaming technology is sure to provide one of the best gaming experience one can expect from a mid-range or a premium mid-range device. While Snapdragon 765G comes with selected Qualcomm’s Elite Gaming Features that delivers better gaming experience.
Mediatek has used a four-core APU 3.0 (AI processing unit) in the dimensity 800. This allows the processor to perform a total of approximately 2.5 TOPS (trillion operations per second). This new unit will help achieve the device amazing AI-camera results. On the other hand, with the introduction of Qualcomm’s 5th generation AI Engine Snapdragon 765G chipset is capable of 5.5 TOPS performance.
The ISP from MediaTek here is claimed to be on par with any flagship out there. It provides support for a single camera of upto 64MP or a dual-camera setup of upto 32MP+16MP. On top of it, it allows for several AI enhancements to produce even better images. This includes AI autofocus, autoexposure, auto white balance, auto noise reduction, AI HDR and improved Face identification implementation. While Spectra 355 ISP in the 765G SoC support single camera up to 192MP and dual camera up to 22MP with ZSL. The chipset can capture 4K HDR video at 30 fps and 720p slow-motion video at 480 fps.
The higher refresh rate is something we will see a lot in the coming future and MediaTek makes sure that this processor is up to date with the date. The Dimensity 800 has support for Full HD+ display with a refresh rate of 90Hz. Sadly there is no support for 120 Hz display, which we see on the Snapdragon 765G.
Which one is better?
We can expect to see Dimensity 800 on devices similar to the ones using the Snapdragon 765G in the future. On paper, the Dimensity 800 looks to provide better CPU performance along with equivalent GPU performance. However, only the future will tell how these two fares against each other in the long run. Talking about Antutu benchmark, Snapdragon 765G scores 320,822 points. We are now waiting for Dimensity 800’s benchmark score.