New Mediatek Dimensity Chipset Launched: Dimensity 900
MediaTek has been expanding its dimensity lineup even since it announced it in 2020 last year. By adding the Dimensity 900, they have expanded on the budget 5G chipset segment.
Much like the Dimensity 1100 and 1200, the D900 is manufactured using a 6nm semiconductor process but features a CPU and GPU configuration that is less expensive, and therefore more affordable. For instance, the maximum CPU frequency is 2.4GHz instead of the Dimensity 1200’s 3GHz.
In terms of GPU, the D900 is based on an ARM Mali-G68 design which is slightly below the Dimensity 1200 Mali-G77 architecture. That being said, the Dimensity brings many high-end features to a lower price point, including support for WiFi-6, Bluetooth 5.2, 108 Megapixel cameras, and the faster UFS 3.1 storage protocol. This is pretty cool for a mid-range smartphone chipset.
It really shines in support for cameras. When not using 108 MP, this chip also supports four simultaneous camera captures that enables various techniques ranging from multiview recording, bokeh, or image fusion, depending on the camera software. For video recording purposes as well, the Dimensity 900 supports 4K HDR video recording which is not very usual for mid-range chipsets.
The maximum 120Hz display refresh rate of the Dimensity 900 is impressive enough for the segment especially since the market is right now saturated with displays that are mostly 60–90Hz. The 5G connectivity is built-in, thanks to integrating a 5G modem compatible with Sub-6 5G and 120MHz carrier aggregation.
OEMs may start to announce handsets powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 900 and benchmark leaks place it as a competitor of the Snapdragon 765G to 780G family of Qualcomm processors.
The Oppo Reno 6 is rumored to be the first upcoming smartphone to feature this chip, while the Reno 6 Pro would ship with the MediaTek 1200. Let’s see how it pans out in the next few weeks.