MediaTek Announces the Dimensity 1200 and 1100

MediaTek Announces the Dimensity 1200 and 1100

Chipset giant MediaTek announced the Dimensity 1200 and 1100, the company’s first 6nm chipsets. They are also the first to use the Cortex-A78 core. The two are based on the same raw hardware but target slightly different bins.

The Dimensity 1200 is the premium offering. Its CPU has a 1+3+4 configuration with an A78 core is running at 3.0GHz, plus three more A78 cores at 2.6GHz, and the usual quartet of power-efficient A55 cores running at 2.0GHz.

If we were to compare, the Dimensity 1000+ used an older A77 core that topped out at 2.6GHz. These numbers line up just right with ARM’s official estimates – a 3.0GHz A78 is 20% faster than a 2.6GHz A77. That’s for single-threaded performance, of course, as only one core in each chipset reaches those frequencies. Overall CPU performance is up by 22% and power efficiency is up 25% compared to previous generations.

As for the Dimensity 1100, it doesn’t have a prime core as such – all four of its Cortex-A78 cores running at 2.6GHz. However, even without higher clock speeds, 1100 has an architectural advantage so it should have an edge over the Dimensity 1000+ in both single and multi-core performance. And then there’s the ancillary hardware.

Both chipsets use the same GPU. In fact, they are reusing the 1000-series GPU, the Mali-G77 with 9 cores for both chips. On the plus side, AV1 video now has hardware acceleration.

The Dimensity 1200 has 168 Hz displays and its 5-core ISP can handle camera sensors up to 200 MP. Also, with staggered HDR support for 4K videos (three exposures are merged into a single frame), the dynamic range is increased by 40%. The 1100 chip on the other hand, has support for 144 Hz displays and camera sensors up to 108 MP. Both phones are 20% faster in processing Night Shot and have a dedicated Night Mode for panoramas.