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Surprise, MediaTek's Dimensity 9000 could be Apple's A15 Bionic closest rival yet

By Kenny Yeo - on 16 Mar 2022, 10:08am

Surprise, MediaTek's Dimensity 9000 could be Apple's A15 Bionic closest rival yet

(Image source: MediaTek)

MediaTek's Dimensity 9000 chip was announced late last year for flagship-class Android phones. It competes against Qualcomm's popular Snapdragon 888 and the new-for-2022 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

The Dimensity 9000 is built on TSMC's 4nm process and features 8 ARM Cortex cores, a Mali-G710 GPU that supports ray-tracing, and 12GB of fast LPDDR5X memory. It also uses an Imagiq Gen 7 image signal processor that can handle images up to 320-megapixels, 8K video, and 4K HDR videos.

At the time of its release, MediaTek said its new flagship chip would rival the best in the business and there's now some evidence to suggest that they weren't messing around.

According to Geekbench results from a yet-to-be-announced Xiaomi phone, the Dimensity 9000 managed a single-core score of 1,309 and a multi-core score of 4,546.

This exceeds what most Snapdragon-powered phones are capable of and actually gets quite close to Apple's A15 Bionic. Here's a table of results.

Geekbench score comparison
Model Single-core Multi-core
MediaTek Dimensity 9000
(Unknown Xiaomi phone)
1,309 4,546
Apple A15 Bionic
(Apple iPhone 13 Pro)
1,734 4,753
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
(Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra)
1,219 3,248
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
(Oppo Find X3 Pro)
923 3,373

But the kicker here is that the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 is expected to appear in phones that cost around US$500. That's a little more than what's Apple is asking for its new iPhone SE and a whole lot less than other flagship Android phones.

Of course, we'll have to wait until we see actual devices in the market but this is certainly an encouraging sign. Perhaps MediaTek will finally be able to shed its image as being a maker of lacklustre mediocre smartphone chips.

Source: @UniverseIce via Gizmochina

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