MediaTek has just unveiled its first 6nm chipsets – the Dimensity 1200 and 1100. They are not only the first 6nm chipsets but they are also the first to use the Cortex-A78 core.
The Dimensity 1200 is the more premium of the two. It has a 1+3+4 CPU configuration with an A78 core running at 3.0GHz, three additional A78 cores at 2.6GHz, and four power-efficient A55 cores at 2.0GHz.
The Dimensity 1100, on the other hand, has four Cortex-A78 cores running at 2.6GHz. Unlike its stronger sibling, the Dimensity 1100 doesn’t have a prime core though.
Both SoCs have an edge over the Dimensity 1000+ in both single and multi-core performance. The Dimensity 1000+ used an older A77 core clocked at 2.6GHz. Comparing the older chipset with the A78 core at 3.0GHz of the Dimensity 1200, the new chipset is 20% faster with overall CPU performance up by 22% and power efficiency up by 25%.
|Dimensity 1200||Dimensity 1100|
|Process||TSMC 6 nm||TSMC 6 nm|
|Prime core||1x Cortex-A78 @ 3.0 GHz||–|
|Big cores||3x Cortex-A78 @ 2.6 GHz||4x Cortex-A78 @ 2.6 GHz|
|Small cores||4x Cortex-A55 @ 2.0 GHz||4x Cortex-A55 @ 2.0 GHz|
|GPU||Mali-G77 MC9||Mali-G77 MC9|
|5G (downlink)||4.7 Gbps||4.7 Gbps|
|Display||168 Hz @ 1080p||144 Hz @ 1080p|
Both the Dimensity 1200 and 1100 use the Mali-G77 with 9 cores for both chips. This is the same as its fellow Dimensity 1000-series cousins. AV1 video now has hardware acceleration though.
The Dimensity 1200 supports up to 168Hz displays and its 5-core ISP handles up to 200MP camera sensors. It also has staggered HDR support for 4K videos with a dynamic range of up to 40%.
The MediaTek Dimensity 1200 and 1100 chips are expected to power phones from realme, Xiaomi, vivo, and OPPO with phones expected by the end of March – beginning of April.