Earlier today, the Taiwanese chipset maker MediaTek announced its new 5G chipset for the upper mid-range smartphones. The new chipset goes by the name MediaTek Dimensity 820 and is the latest entry in the MediaTek 800 series. Also, the MediaTek 820 chipset is faster than the previously launched MediaTek 800. So, it grooves between the flagship Dimensity 1000 series and the gaming-focused Helio G90 series.
The Dimension 820 SoC is based on a TSMC’s 7nm FinFET process and a similar CPU microarchitecture as the earlier SoC. It means it utilizes eight ARM cores in a big.LITTLE arrangement. Also, this time MediaTek has decided to aim for a much higher frequency with all four ARM Cortex-A76 performance cores clocked at 2.6GHz. Compared to the clock speed of Dimension 800, which was 2.0GHz. Also, in terms of raw CPU power, the Dimensity 820 gets an edge over the Snapdragon 765G.
As for the GPU, the Dimensity 820 SoC uses a five core variant of the ARM Mali-G57 GPU. It is a small upgrade from the four core variants of the Dimensity 800. For an improved gaming experience, the Dimensity 820 SoC comes with MediaTek’s HyperEngine 2.0 technology onboard. It provides software-based enhancements for improved graphic performance with a smart allocation of CPU, GPU and memory, call and data concurrency, network latency optimizations, improved HDR visuals, and much more.
Another major upgrade on this chipset is support for higher refresh rate panels. If you recall, the Dimensity 800 could only handle FHD+ displays at a 90Hz refresh rate. Meanwhile, Dimensity 820, on the other hand, will support FHD+ displays at a 120Hz refresh rate. Apart from this, the Image Signal Processor (ISP) or Imagiq 5.0, also receives an upgrade with the chipset such as up to 80MP camera sensors support, and four concurrent cameras.
As for the network, the Dimensity 820 supports global sub-6GHz 5G networks in Asia, Europe, and North America. According to Xiaomi, the Redmi 10X will be one of the first smartphones to feature the MediaTek Dimensity 820 SoC.