Today MediaTek announced two new top-end SoCs in the form of the new Dimensity 1100 and Dimensity 1200. The two new designs are a follow-up to last year’s Dimensity 1000 SoC which marked the company’s return to the high-end in 2020, with a relatively solid SoC design.

The two new chipsets upgrade the Dimensity 1000 in terms of CPU configuration and camera ability, as well as coming in a new 6nm process node. The new chips however don’t upgrade every aspect of their designs, as things such as the GPU configuration and the modem capabilities seem to be identical to that of the Dimensity 1000.

MediaTek SoCs
SoC Dimensity 1000(+) Dimensity 1100 Dimensity 1200
CPU 4x Cortex A77 @ 2.6GHz
4x Cortex A55 @ 2.0GHz
4x Cortex A78 @ 2.6GHz
4x Cortex A55 @ 2.0GHz
1x Cortex A78 @ 3.0GHz
3x Cortex A78 @ 2.6GHz
4x Cortex A55 @ 2.0GHz
GPU Mali-G77MP9 @ ? MHz Mali-G77MP9 @ ? MHz Mali-G77MP9 @ ? MHz
APU / NPU / AI Proc. / Neural IP "3rd gen APU"
2 "big" + 3 "small" + 1 "tiny"

4.5TOPs total perf
"3rd gen APU"
2 "big" + 3 "small" + 1 "tiny"
"3rd gen APU"
2 "big" + 3 "small" + 1 "tiny"

+12.5% perf
Memory 4x 16b LPDDR4x 4x 16b LPDDR4x 4x 16b LPDDR4x
ISP/Camera 80MP
32MP + 16MP
32MP + 16MP
32MP + 16MP
H.264 & HEVC
& AV1 (Decode)
Integrated Modem 5G Sub-6

DL = 4700Mbps
200MHz 2CA, 256-QAM,
4x4 MIMO

UL = 2500Mbps
200MHz 2CA, 256-QAM,
2x2 MIMO

LTE Category 19 DL
Connectivity WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
+ Bluetooth 5.1
+ Dual Band GNSS
WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
+ Bluetooth 5.2
+ Dual Band GNSS
Mfc. Process 7nm (N7) 6nm (N6)

Starting off where we see the biggest changes, the two new SoCs differ the most from its predecessor on the CPU side of things. The Dimensity 1100 is quite straightforward in that it replaces the Cortex-A77 cores with newer Cortex-A78 cores. The configuration still remains at 4 cores running at 2.6GHz (as the higher-bin Dimensity 1000+), with four Cortex-A55 cores at 2.0GHz as the little cores.

The Dimensity 1200 changes the configuration to a 1+3+4 setup, with one performance Cortex-A78 core clocking up to 3.0GHz, and MediaTek stating that it sports double the L2 cache compared to the other cores. This would mean it has a 512KB configuration while the other 3 cores feature 256KB L2’s. The 1+3 big cores setup is also accompanied by 4x Cortex-A55 cores at 2GHz.

The GPU side of things is a bit weird, as oddly enough it features the exact same setup as the Dimensity 1000, and we again see a Mali-G77MP9 configuration on both new chipsets. That’s very odd given the fact that other competitor chipsets are deploying new Mali-G78 designs.

DRAM capability remains at LPDDR4X at 2133MHz – the lack of LPDDR5 isn’t too surprising here given the performance gains aren’t too great and these chipset designs are to be used in more cost-effective devices.

NPU and AI capabilities aren’t exactly clear on the Dimensity 1100 and it seems to be identical to that of the Dimensity 1000 – the Dimensity 1200 advertises a performance boost of 12.5% which could just be a slight clock frequency upgrade compared to its predecessor.

On the camera capabilities, the new chips don’t change their multi-camera configurations, still being at 32+16MP, however both increase the single-camera advertised capability up to respectively 108MP and 200MP for the Dimensity 1100 and Dimensity 1200.

On the 5G modem side, we’re seeing no apparent changes in the specifications supported by the new design, it still being a sub-6GHz only implementation.

The new chip is manufactured on a new 6nm process node at TSMC – a design-rule compatible shrink compared to the 7nm node that was used in the Dimensity 1000.

Both Dimensity 1100 are Dimensity 1200 are rather odd SoC designs in that they are rather small upgrades compared to their predecessor – in fact looking at them one would think they are just minor refreshes on the ground-up redesign of their predecessor. It’s also very odd to see the very small feature disparity between the 1100 and 1200, even though these should be different chip designs and tape-outs given their CPU differences. The fact that MediaTek hasn’t upgraded the NPU/APU or GPUs in any substantial fashion also point out these would be rather small design upgrades to the previous generation. That’s not really a negative in itself, but it begs the question what MediaTek’s market plan for the new SoCs are.

MediaTek quotes vendors such as Xiaomi, Vivo, OPPO and realme as expressing support for the new SoCs, with devices using both SoCs being expected to be available at the end of Q1 and beginning of Q2 this year.

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  • s.yu - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    IIRC the GPU was D1000's weak point, a generation later it could only be worse.
  • tkSteveFOX - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    They've probably tweaked it to squeeze out some improvement there. The performance wasn't bad and there's Exynos 1080 and SD865/+ if you want more GPU power
  • iphonebestgamephone - Thursday, January 21, 2021 - link

    Yeah but theres nothing from mediatek. They dont care i guess.
  • tkSteveFOX - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    A decent refresh, and will be coming to mid-range pricing devices in a few months too.
  • Mikl1984 - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    Did not understand difference in DL speed with the same BW, QAM and MIMO. Why 4600 Mbps became 4700?
  • Andrei Frumusanu - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    Should have been 4700 on the 1000 as well - fixed.
  • psychobriggsy - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    I expect they're the same die design, just with the big A78 configured slower with less cache on the 1100 - I guess 3GHz is on the edge of n6 capability so this helps them recover the dies that don't quite make it.
  • eastcoast_pete - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    Would be nice if the 1100 and 1200 make it in some phones to us here stateside. QC needs competition, these look promising!
  • SolarBear28 - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    Not quite up to SD 888 performance, but these might have better battery life (no X1 core, smaller GPU, no high frequency 5G) and should cost less.
  • Guru0027 - Friday, January 22, 2021 - link

    we can't actually compare them to SD 888 as there's still a lot of improvement given the 5nm versus 6nm fabrication. But considering MediaTek's previous portfolio, these 5G chips are definitely advanced with the 6nm technology & cortex A78 cores

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