MediaTek launches the new Dimensity 820 chipset as an upgrade to the Dimensity 800. The announcement came even before any smartphone gets launched with the Dimensity 800 chipset. Earlier this month, MediaTek launched the Dimensity 1000+ with minor upgrades over last year's Dimensity 1000.
However, the new Dimensity 820 brings in major changes compared to the Dimensity 800. Both the chipsets feature the ARM big.LITTLE architecture with four Cortex-A76 cores and four Cortex-A55 cores. Unlike on the Dimensity 800, the Cortex-A76 cores on the new Dimensity 820 are now clocked at 2.6GHz.
MediaTek Dimensity 820 offers 33% better gaming performance
According to the company, the higher clocked CPUs on the Dimensity 820 will result in 37% more multi-core performance than other CPUs in the same segment.
The Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2.0GHz remain unchanged. In terms of GPU performance, the 5-core Mali-G57 GPU on the Dimensity 820 should perform better than the 4-core Mali-G57 GPU on the Dimensity 800.
The 5-core GPU combined with MediaTek's HyperEngine 2.0 will offer 33% better gaming performance than competing chipsets. We should be able to get a flagship-grade gaming experience on the Dimensity 820-powered mid-rage smartphone. It supports up to 16GB LPDDR4X RAM and UFS Flash Storage.
MediaTek is also including APU 3.0 (AI Processing Unit) for better output during AI-related tasks. The flagship-level Imagiq 5.0 ISP on the Dimensity 820 brings support for up to 80MP sensors, up to four concurrent cameras, and multi-frame 4K Video HDR. It also supports up to 120Hz high refresh rate displays.
On the connectivity front, the new chipset in the Dimensity series supports sub-6Ghz 5G along with Wi-Fi 5 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 5.1.
With proprietary 5G UltraSave technology including 5G UltraSave Network Environment Detection and 5G UltraSave OTA Content Awareness, MediaTek claims the modem on this chipset is the world's most power-efficient 5G modem. It also supports 5G on dual SIMS and 2CC carrier aggregation.
Xiaomi to launch 1st Dimensity 820-powered smartphone
MedaiTek says the Dimensity 820 is designed for sub-6GHz 5G networks in Asia, North America and Europe. As of today, 5G is mostly limited to premium smartphones.
With the new Dimensity 820 chipset, we should be seeing more and more mid-range 5G smartphones with flagship-level performance.
Xiaomi also confirmed that its upcoming Redmi 10X will be the first smartphone to come powered by the new MediaTek Dimensity 820 chipset.
In the coming days, we should be seeing more Chinese manufacturers coming out with new Dimensity 820-powered smartphones.