MediaTek launched their first-ever 5G-enabled mobile processing chipset, the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 back in November 2019. They followed it up with two new 5G-enabled processors, the MediaTek Dimensity 1100 and the MediaTek Dimensity 1200. All of these three processors were flagship offerings from MediaTek. But now in 2021, they have released another 5G enabled chipset dubbed Dimensity 900, and this is not a flagship processor. It is designed and manufactured specifically for 5G devices in the upper mid-range segment.
MediaTek Dimensity 900 Features
Just like the Dimensity 1100 and 1200, the Dimensity 900 is also fabricated with TSMC’s 6nm manufacturing process. It has an integrated 5G modem that supports 5G NSA and SA modes, 5G carrier aggregation (FDD/TDD), Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS), and VoNR support. This is an octa-core processor that comes with two Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.4 GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2 GHz. For handling the graphics-intensive tasks, we have the Mali-G68 MC4.
In terms of support, the Dimensity 900 supports both LPDDR5 and LPDDR4x RAM types. And for storage, we have support for both UFS 2.2 and UFS 3.1. This gives the OEMs flexibility to use this chip with mid-range devices across different price points. For optics, the Dimensity 900 supports a single camera of up to 108MP and a dual-camera setup with a 20MP+20MP configuration. It also provides support for 4K video recording with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. Additional camera features include Hardware video HDR, 3X HDR-ISP, MFNR, 3DNR, AINR, Hardware Depth Engine, Warping Engine. So if the smartphone manufacturers want to make the most of this chip in terms of camera capabilities, they can utilize its support for a hardware-accelerated 4K HDR video recording engine, excellent photo capture in low-light conditions, and single-camera AI-bokeh support.
On the display front, the Dimensity 900 supports a maximum display resolution of 2520 x 1080 pixels with a refresh rate of 120Hz. We also see some premium display features which include real-time conversion of HDR video to HDR+ and HDR+ video playback with per frame real tone mapping. And in terms of connectivity, we have support for 5G, Bluetooth 5.2, and even Wi-Fi 6. This was previously limited to only the flagship processors.
Here is the list of Dimensity 900 powered phones
Honor X20 5G is now official in China. It features a 6.67-inch FHD+ 120Hz display that has a pill-shaped punch-hole cutout for the selfie snapper. We see Dimensity 900 SoC and a 4300 mAh battery that supports 66W fast-charging. The handset sports a 64MP primary camera on the back placed in a circular module.
Honor has introduced the Honor 50 SE in the Chinese market which is powered by a Mediatek 900 SoC. The device will also arrive in the global market soon. It sports a 120Hz 6.78-inch ultra-narrow-sided full-view display with a 94.3 % screen-to-body ratio, 240Hz high touch sampling rate, and excellent frontal visual effects. The Honor 50 SE also uses the iconic ring design at the back and packs a 100MP ultra-clear main camera.
Chinese tech giant Oppo launched three Reno6 Series models in China. The vanilla Reno6 comes with MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset. It features a 90Hz 6.4-inch 2.5D high-sensitivity screen and integrates an aluminium alloy mid-frame. The handset packs a triple camera system made up of a 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2MP macro lens.
There is a report that Vivo’s V2123A, V2130A, and V2131A models are also on the way with Mediatek Dimensity 900 processor. We will learn the marketing name and key details in the coming week.