The mobile chipset scene is pretty much dominated by Qualcomm where the majority of flagship smartphones are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets. There are, of course, other players in the market such as Huawei’s Kirin, Samsung’s Exynos, Apple’s A-series, and MediaTek.
In fact, MediaTek has recently announced a couple of new flagship chipsets in the form of the Dimensity 1200 and the Dimensity 1100. Both models are obviously different from each other, but they also share some similarities. Both chipsets are built on the 6nm process and they are also both octa-core processors that sport four Cortex-A78 CPUs and four Cortex-A55 CPUs.
They also share the same Mali-G77 MP9 GPU, and they’re also 5G capable, although they only support sub-6GHz so no mmWave 5G support. As for the key differences, the Dimensity 1200 will be clocked at faster speeds than the Dimensity 1100.
With the Dimensity 1200, there will be one A78 clocked at 3GHz, and 3 more A78 cores clocked at 2.6GHz. This is versus the Dimensity 1100 where all the four A78 cores are clocked at 2.6GHz, although in all honesty, we’re not sure if most users would be able to tell the differences.
The Dimensity 1200 will also allow for displays to run refresh rates of 168Hz, which is pretty fast, whereas the Dimensity 1100 will support 144Hz, which is already faster than most. Of course, whether or not we’ll see phones with 168Hz displays remains to be seen.
MediaTek says that the new Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1100 chipsets will begin shipping out towards the end of Q1 2021 or early Q2 2021. The company also says that phone makers such as Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, and Realme have expressed interest in using the new chipsets, so hopefully we’ll have more confirmation further down the line.