One look at the specs of the new MediaTek Dimensity 9200 SoC and it’s clear that the smartphone landscape is about to see a monumental shift. We’re looking at a massive leap forward in terms of the cutting-edge features that phonemakers will be able to offer. It’s the first smartphone chipset in the world that ships with ARM’s new Cortex-X3 cores. On top of that, it offers better-than-ever graphical capabilities that include ray-tracing support as it’s the world’s first chipset to feature an ARM Immortalis-G715 graphics processor. It’s also the first SoC to adopt the Wi-Fi 7 standard. Furthermore, this 5G chipset features the second-generation design of TSMC’s 4nm process. All that makes us really excited for the flagship devices that will utilise this chipset. While that will take some time, let’s shed some light on what MediaTek Dimensity 9200 brings to the table (or to the next-gen phones).
Top-notch performance without sacrificing battery efficiency
The MediaTek Dimensity 9200 chip derives its brawn through an octa-core processor consisting of one Cortex-X3 core clocked at 3.05GHz, three Cortex-A715 cores running at 2.85GHz, and four efficiency-focused Cortex-A510 cores tuned at 1.8GHz. This setup is made using TSMC’s second-gen 4nm process, which is optimised for improved power efficiency in combination with MediaTek’s innovative thermal package design that keeps smartphones cool. Of course, there’s no compromise in the performance as the Cortex-X3 is the most powerful ARM core to date. With the new core, the SoC offers a 25 percent performance boost, while the ARM Cortex-A715 is 20 percent more powerful than its predecessor.
Performance levels were already breathtaking on the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chipset, but with its successor, manufacturers will have ample opportunities to innovate and introduce new and compelling smartphone features. There’s more in this department though; MediaTek Dimensity 9200 is the first chipset to adopt the LPDDR5X memory standard that’s noted to be the fastest-ever smartphone memory with speeds of 8,533Mbps. It’s also the first chipset to grab UFS 4.0 + MCQ support, offering ultra-fast transfer speeds.
Graphics get a serious upgrade
Powering the visuals on these displays will be the brand-new Immortalis G715 GPU from ARM, which boasts 11 cores. It comes with Vulkan 1.3 support and offers hardware-based raytracing. Raytracing enables ultra-realistic graphics such as ray-traced reflections, soft shadows, and ambient occlusion to make gaming more immersive. This means phones powered by this new chip are all set to be highly coveted objects for all gaming enthusiasts out there.
Then there’s the MediaTek HyperEngine 6.0 technology that combines a host of bleeding-edge features focused solely on giving gamers a smooth and uninterrupted gaming experience, no matter how intense their sessions get. These include Motion Blur Reduction, Adaptive Game Technology, and Frame Rate Smoother 2.0, among other things. Similar to previous iterations of MediaTek HyperEngine gaming technologies, there’s a Variable Rate Shading, and Networking Engine too to ensure that one can play their favourite titles at a stretch without any distractions.
Promises impressive visuals
OEMs have been pushing the limits of smartphone displays over the past few years and MediaTek Dimensity 9200, with its powerful GPU and MiraVision 890, gives even more scope for them to do so. It can push the refresh rate up to a whopping 240Hz at FHD resolution. For a WQHD display, it can go up to 144Hz and if the refresh rate stays locked at 60Hz, 5K resolution-toting screens can become a reality.
In addition to that, MediaTek’s regular array of display technologies is loaded onto the all-new chipset. MediaTek Intelligent Display Sync 3.0 provides a real-time adaptive refresh rate with up to 35 percent battery efficiency. EnergySmart Screen 2.0 on the other hand, allows content-adaptive brightness control with user environment awareness for over 10 percent power savings. To ensure that the screen doesn’t damage one’s eye in dim environments, the chipset features Smart BluLight Defender.
With MiraVision Video Technologies, there are several new algorithms such as Video AI-SR/MEMC and Video Clarity PQ that provide improved playback while offering up to 50 percent power efficiency.
Improved AI capabilities
For taking care of AI tasks, MediaTek has equipped its latest and greatest offering with a sixth-generation APU 690. It promises to offer up to 35 percent faster and 45 percent more power-efficient performance compared to its previous iteration. Cameras will also benefit from the AI Processing Unit in many ways. An upgraded Deep Learning Accelerator (DLA) makes its way into the chipset, boasting a Mixed-Precision mode for faster and more efficient face, scene, and object detection. Additionally, this chip’s new AI-Video Engine will fuse the APU with the ISP to enable up to 8K-30fps videos (with EIS support) with up to 12.5 percent power savings.
The all-powerful SoC also benefits from the MediaTek AI-PQ+ technology, which is aimed at creating cinematic video by identifying regions, objects, and scenes within each image to apply select enhancements such as AI-Color, blur mitigation, and more. The ultra-fast 5G modem on the MediaTek Dimensity 9200 has its own AI chops, moreover. These allow the in-chip modem to offer faster network searching, quicker connection recovery while coming out of dead zones, and other intelligent enhancements.
Astonishing camera features
Thanks to the advanced hardware of this SoC, sensors up to 320MP can be supported by smartphones equipped with it. That’s all thanks to the all-new Imagiq 890 ISP, which is the first in the world to support native RGBW capture. When they go mainstream, RGBW sensors are set to offer significant improvements to HDR and low-light performance with up 30 percent better light sensitivity, while providing impressive power savings of up to 34 percent. The chip also enables dual-camera video with a cinematic bokeh effect. OEMs can also offer a 108-megapixel sensor with Zero Shutter Lag.
The MediaTek Dimensity 9200 chipset also delivers the company’s fastest AI-NR photo capture and many more AI-assisted technologies that are set to provide a new playing field for device makers.
Supports the latest connectivity standards
MediaTek Dimensity 9200 also scores high in the connectivity department. The 5G chipset supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave connections and can seamlessly switch between them. It’s also the first chip to offer 4CC-CA support in the sub-6Hz band. One can get download speeds of up to 7Gbps with a sub-6GHz 5G connection. There’s also multimode dual-SIM dual-active functionality which means that the phone can support all the variations of 5G or 4G connections. Like previous offerings from the chipmaker, the new SoC comes with Wi-Fi / Bluetooth coexistence that promises 54 percent lower Wi-Fi game latency compared to the competition. Gamers would also love the fact that they can connect accessories like gamepads and headphones without affecting the data throughput and latency. Providing impressive efficiency for 5G connectivity is MediaTek 5G UltraSave 3.0. It promises up to 10 percent better energy efficiency on lighter applications, whereas heavier applications will have 19 percent power savings via peripheral and voltage optimisations.
Thanks to the 6nm connectivity chip inside MediaTek Dimensity 9200, there’s support for next-gen Wi-Fi 7 standard which is up to 2.7X faster with downlink speeds of up to 6.5Gbps. It offers dual-band, dual-concurrent connectivity via 2×2 2.4GHz and 2×2 5/6GHz. Thanks to Wi-Fi UltraSave technology, the SoC requires up to 70 percent lower power on Wi-Fi and 33 percent lower power on Bluetooth, when compared to its previous avatar.
Other connectivity features include Bluetooth 5.3 with studio-grade Bluetooth Audio support for high-fidelity songs as well as LE Audio Aurcast with hearing aid support. It also offers best-in-class location support with GNSS and accurate non-satellite navigation.
With such an impressive set of capabilities on offer, you must be wondering when can you get your hands on devices powered by MediaTek Dimensity 9200. Well, you don’t have to wait for long. Brands are expected to launch next-gen flagships with MediaTek Dimensity 9200 as early as the end of this year. With such an exciting array of features, this SoC is already a show-stealer and we can’t wait to see how manufacturers exploit its functionality with Dimensity Open Resource Architecture (DORA) program to bring new smartphone experiences to consumers.