MediaTek could be gearing up to challenge Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform on performance via the Dimensity 8100 chipset. That’s based on recently reported leaks from China’s Weibo social media platform. The posts, a total of two posts loaded to the platform by Digital Chat Station, dives deep into specifications. And the results are well worth a look, if accurate.
What will MediaTek Dimensity 8100 potentially bring to the table?
Of course, leaks should always be taken with some skepticism. But the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 could potentially pose a challenge for the Snapdragon 888 chipset if the details shared hold true. Not just because of its use of four ARM Cortex-A78 cores and four more Cortex-A55 cores either. Although the clock rates for those are solid, at 2.85GHz and 2.0GHz, respectively.
The MediaTek Dimensity 8100 will also reportedly features support for LDDR5 memory and UFS 3.1 storage. Making the components supported by the TSMC-built 5nm chip potentially some of the fastest around.
Taking things a step further, the leak also contained details about a purported GFX Bench ES 3.0 Manhattan test of the chipset. While benchmarks should always be taken with a grain of salt, that test showed a resulting framerate of 170fps. That puts it in roughly the same class as the Adreno 660. That’s the GPU utilized in last year’s Snapdragon 888 and 888+ flagship SoC from Qualcomm.
Where will this chipset compete in the market?
Now, Qualcomm hasn’t stuck with the Snapdragon chipset it used last year either. So it shouldn’t be expected that the new MediaTek chipset will be found in flagship smartphones. Especially with the Snapdragon 898 chips already appearing as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in several handsets this year. Such as the Galaxy S22 series.
Generally speaking, the upcoming MediaTek chip will more likely be used in mid-range and upper-mid-range handsets. But that does mean buyers in those markets will have more options. Specifically, from some OEMs and for some handsets, they’ll have the option of picking up a device that should, on paper, perform similarly to last year’s flagships.