Can MediaTek’s Dimensity 9000+ Flagship Chipset be a good alternative to Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1?

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On 22 June 2022, MediaTek announced its new Dimensity 9000+ chip in the market for its flagship phones. Following the footsteps of Qualcomm in reinvigorating its flagship Snapdragon processors, MediaTek takes a new bounce in launching a mid-cycle successor to its 2022 flagship chipset—the Dimensity 9000. The impending question here is whether the Dimensity 9000+ succeeds Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8-series in the killer flagship chipset race? 

What’s new with Dimensity 9000+? 

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In recent years, Qualcomm has been renovating its flagship chipset, Snapdragon. With similar moves, the Dimensity 9000+ succeeds but unlike Qualcomm, the new chip does not include much improvements over its predecessor.  

Following are some key features of the latest flagship chipset: 

  • As compared to its predecessor, the Dimensity 9000+ SoC integrates the ARM v9 CPU architecture.  
  • It is based on a 4nm process and combines one ultra-Cirtex-X2 core operating at up to 3.2 GHz. Additionally, it has three super Cortex-A710 cores and four efficiency Cortex-A510 cores. The only ‘plus’ in the Dimensity flagship is the new CPU architecture and ARM Mali-G710 MC10 GPU built into the new chipset, offering more than a 5% boost in CPU performance and more than a 10% improvement in GPU performance. And those are the minor boosts in the chipset. 
  • The chipset integrates MediaTek’s 5th generation Application Processor Unit (APU 5.0) for powerful AI computing capabilities. 
  • The Dimensity 9000+ features the same old MediaTek Imagiq 790 18-bit HDR-ISP supports 320MP, as well as simultaneous triple camera 18-bit HDR video recording.  
  • The 9Gpixel/s ISP also supports 4K HDR Video + AI noise reduction that enables the highest quality results even in extreme low-light scenarios. 

Does MediaTek actually justify the ‘+’? 

The major (probably the only) difference between the Dimensity 9000+ and Dimensity 9000 is a higher-clocked prime core in the chipset, which the company says will offer a boost in performance. That’s a new 3.2GHz Cortex X2 core compared to a 3GHz Cortex X2 core on the Dimensity 9000. 

The rest of the chipset has no changes compared to the older chip. We still have three Cortex A710 cores at 2.85Ghz and four Cortex A510 cores at 1.8GHz (although MediaTek hasn’t confirmed the clock speed of the A510 cores for the Dimensity 9000+ yet). 

Both chipsets come with the Arm Mali-G710 MC10 GPU and support up to 180Hz at FHD+ resolution and 144Hz at WQHD+ resolution. Support for LPDDR5X RAM up to 7500Mbps is also still here and so is the 5th Gen 590 AI processing unit.  

Is it a new alternative to Snapdragon 8-series? 

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Although MediaTek has said that phones featuring the new Dimensity 9000+ chip will hit the market in Q3 2022, it refrained from naming any phone makers who will be using the chipset. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8-series chipsets still remain the more popular chipsets in flagship Android phones across brands and it remains to be seen if the Dimensity 9000+ will change that in the coming months.  

Dimensity 9000+ shows the potential of being a high-performance and top-notch chipset. In fact, it can potentially be one of the best alternatives for Qualcomm 8+ Gen 1 chipsets as it has identical specs.  

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