After a whole year of absence, MediaTek is finally ready to launch 5G chips in India, starting with the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ confirmed to debut on a smartphone early in 2021. The 5G flagship chipset already powers the Redmi K30 Ultra, Oppo Reno5 Pro, Realme X7 Pro and the iQoo Z1 in China, and in India it is expected to power the Realme X7 Pro soon.
MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ specs and features
While most MediaTek chips are manufactured on TSMC foundries, the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ takes after its predecessor, relying on a 7nm EUV manufacturing process from Samsung. It features four high-performane ARM Cortex-A77 cores clocked at 2.6GHz and four ARM Cortex-A55 efficiency cores clocked at 2GHz, along with a 9-core Mali G77 MP9 GPU. The core configuration remains the same as the MediaTek Dimensity 1000, but this one can support 144Hz FHD+ displays, and an enhanced MiraVision Engine for SDR to HDR conversion, and HDR10+ support. The Dimensity 1000+ also rocks the Hyper Engine 2.0 for scaling the CPU and GPU frequencies, and there are multiple enhancements in place that make this quite a titillating gaming SoC. And if history serves as predecedence, smartphones powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ might not be too expensive.
The MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC also comes with the company’s own 5G modem that has features to dynamically switch between low and high badwidths depending on the app. MediaTek claims this helps save power by up to 32 per cent. At full throttle, the 5G modem delivers 4.7Gbps downlink and 2.5Gbps uplink by aggregating two 5G sub-6GHz links. It also supports 5G connectivity on both SIM cards, along with VoNR or Voice over New Radio.
Furthermore, the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ has what it calls ‘anti-jamming’ technology for WiFi and Bluetooth for undue interference. This will likely help gamers when they connect both, a wireless headphone and controller to the smartphone while gaming. It’s also the first mobile SoC to support AV1 hardware coding which is the latest video streaming standard that bring more visual details, crisper sounds and higher resolutions.
For imaging, the Dimensity 1000+ relies on its 5-core Imagiq ISP that comes with dedicated hardware accelerators for HDR imaging. The hexa-core APU 3.0 delivers a claimed 4.5 TOPS AI performance.
MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ expected performance
The MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ launched back in May 2020, and there are a bunch of smartphones out in the wild powered by the flagship chip. Based on benchmark results available on the web, it’s safe to say MediaTek is not going to disrupt the top-end of the market where Qualcomm is poised to dominate with the Snapdragon 888 in 2021.
Having said that, the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ will pose a strong challenge to Qualcomm in the mid-range segment, and will likely lower the entry-price for 5G technology in India. Not that 5G networks are available to take advantage yet.
But more than the 5G bit, the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ surpassed the HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G that powers the Huawei P40 series in nearly every benchmark test, and closely trailed the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, especially in GPU benchmarks runs performed by international reviewers.
With Qualcomm keeping things premium with its 5G technology, MediaTek may exploit the gap left behind in the budget and mid-range segment and refresh them with 5G support. The chip is also expected to give a big boost to the gaming capabilities of low-cost smartphones, without raising the retail prices too much. Things are surely looking up for the smartphone market in 2021.
Smartphones expected to launch with the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ in India
So far, of the handful of smartphones powered by the Dimensity 1000+ SoC in the global market, only the Realme 7 Pro and the Oppo Reno5 Pro are expected to launch soon in India. The other two phones, namely the Redmi K30 Ultra and the iQoo Z1 have been available for sometime and it’s unlikely that the respective brands will launch an old device in the cuthroat Indian smartphone market.
The Realme X7 Pro has passed through BIS certification and is expected to launch in January 2021. There’s also the Realme X7 that’s powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G SoC, and both are being teased by Realme India. CEO Madhav Sheth has confirmed the X7 Series will launch in 2021. Both smartphones have launched with practically the same 64MP quad camera stack and 65W fast charging. Only, the X7 Pro rocks a 120Hz AMOLED display, while the X7 sticks to a regular 60Hz AMOLED display.
As for the Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G, tipster Mukul Sharma has hinted that Oppo might launch the smartphone unchanged from its Chinese variant, even as the global variant is tipped to launch with the Snapdragon 765. There’s not much information available about the phone’s India launch though. The Chinese variant rocks a 6.5-inch curved OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate and FHD+ resolution. There’s a 64MP primary camera with f/1.7 lens, an 8MP ultrawide lens and two 2MP cameras for macros and portraits. On the front is a 32MP selfie camera. The Reno5 Pro rocks a 4,350mAh battery with 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charging, an in-display fingerprint sensor and runs on ColorOS 11 based on Android 11 out of the box with support for dual-SIM 5G.