Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G is still one of the most stable 8-series chips available from Qualcomm. MediaTek Dimensity 1300, on the other hand, is a recently released chipset that claims improved performance. Both chips are quite capable and capable of competing with one another. Let’s compare the two chips and see which one is superior. Read till the end to find out.
Snapdragon 870 vs Dimensity 1300
1. CPU Performance
Let’s get started with the most important thing, the performance. For starters, the Snapdragon 870 chipset is based on a 7nm fabrication process by TSMC. This chipset has 1x 3.2 GHz – Kryo 585 Prime (Cortex-A77) core, 3x 2.42 GHz – Kryo 585 Gold (Cortex-A77) cores, and 4x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 585 Silver (Cortex-A55) efficiency cores. On the other hand, the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 is based on TSMC’s newer 6nm fabrication process. It has 1x Cortex-A78 @ 3.0GHz core, 3x Cortex-A78 @ 2.6GHz cores, and 4x Cortex-A55 @ 2.0GHz efficiency cores.
The Dimensity 1300 seems more power-efficient and performance-oriented mainly due to its 6nm architecture and Cortex-A78 cores. However, it should be noted that this chip only supports LPDDR4X RAM and not LPDDR5 like the Snapdragon 870 does. Both chips support UFS 3.1 storage.
2. GPU Performance
The MediaTek Dimensity 1300 is equipped with the ARM Mali G77 MC9 GPU, while the Snapdragon 870 comes with the Adreno 650 GPU. Both the GPUs perform really well while gaming and other graphics-intensive tasks. However, the Snapdragon 870 has the edge over the Dimensity 1300 as it has been optimised very well for a wide range of games. So if your priority is gaming, a Snapdragon 870-powered phone should be your choice.
3. Display and Camera Support
When it comes to the Display support, the Dimensity 1300 supports displays up to 4K @60Hz or QHD+ @144Hz. Meanwhile, the Dimensity 1300 supports displays only up to FHD+ @168Hz. The Snapdragon 870 can record and play videos up to 8K at 30FPS and 4K at 60FPS, while the Dimensity 1300 caps out at 4K at 60FPS. Both the chips support HEVC 10-bit HDR recording. Snapdragon beats the MediaTek chip in this department.
Both the chips support 5G; however, the 5G modem used is different. The Dimensity 1300 uses the Mediatek 5G Modem, and the Snapdragon 870 uses the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem. The peak download speed on the Snapdragon 870 is 60% higher than the Dimensity 1300. The upload speed is also 15% faster than the Dimensity. Both chips support Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth v5.2 and are equipped with dual-band NAVIC support. Overall, the Snapdragon 870 beats the Dimensity 1300 in terms of connectivity.
Snapdragon 870 vs Dimensity 1300 Benchmark
Here are some benchmark comparisons if you are into that. On AnTuTu 9, the Snapdragon 870 scores around 684672 while the newer Dimensity 1300 5G scores about 677808. These scores are from the newly launched POCO F4 5G and OnePlus Nord 2T, respectively. As you can see, the AnTuTu scores are pretty much the same for both these processors.
On GeekBench 5, the Snapdragon 870 scores higher than the Dimensity 1300 in single-core as well as in multi-core performance. The Snapdragon 870 precedes the Dimensity 1300 in single-core by 6% and in multi-core by a difference of 5%. The Snapdragon 870 scores 1008 in single-core and 3395 in multi-core, while the Dimensity 1300 scores 948 and 3219 in single-core and multi-core, respectively.
The Dimensity 1300 is on par with the Snapdragon 870 in terms of performance. MediaTek has done a great job in delivering a high-performance yet efficient chipset.
Which One is Better?
Overall, the Snapdragon 870 is definitely better than the Dimensity 1300. However, this does not mean that the Dimensity 1300 is a bad choice. It is more power-efficient than the Snapdragon 870 due to its newer 6nm fabrication process. It is also true that the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 is a newer chip. The bottom line is that if you are a gamer or someone who does heavy tasks on their phone, you should go for the Snapdragon processor. This is because developers well-optimise games for Snapdragon processors more often than for MediaTek Dimensity processors. But if you are a casual gamer who needs a decently performing chipset, the Dimensity 1300 should do the job.