MediaTek has announced the Dimensity 9300, its answer to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. The two chips have a lot in common, including TSMC’s 4nm fabrication process, the latest ARM CPU cores, and an extensive focus on AI (Artificial Intelligence) performance. However, they differ massively in one key area—CPU configuration. The new Dimensity processor doesn’t have any efficiency cores.
Dimensity 9300 is official with MediaTek’s “All Big Core” design
The Dimensity 9300 is an octa-core chipset with a 4+4 CPU configuration. It has four ARM Cortex-X4 prime cores clocked at up to 3.25GHz (only one at the maximum speed, with the other three operating at 2.85GHz) and four Cortex-A720 mid cores at 2.0GHz. According to MediaTek, its “groundbreaking All Big Core” design brings a 40 percent uplift in the peak performance over the previous generation.
Additionally, the company claims that power consumption has been reduced by 33 percent at the same performance. The Taiwanese firm has applied its industry-leading expertise to precisely control the CPU performance for superior power efficiency. However, the lack of efficiency cores may make it a power hog when running at its peak capacity. MediaTek may rely on some throttling to keep things in check.
The new Dimensity chip supports LPDDR5T RAM—the world’s fastest smartphone memory— at 9,600Mbps at UFS 4.0 storage with Multi-Circular Queue (MCQ). ARM’s Immortalis-G720 GPU is responsible for graphics duties, with MediaTek claiming a 46 percent improvement in hardware raytracing, 40 percent power savings, and 40 percent memory bandwidth savings.
“By combining the extreme 8-core CPU design with Its 2nd generation hardware raytracing engine, the Dimensity 9300 provides gamers with fast, full raytracing experiences at a smooth 60 FPS and is the world’s first mobile platform to achieve console-level global illumination effects,” MediaTek said. The company claims it to be the most efficient raytracing mobile GPU.
The Dimensity 9300 also boasts MediaTek’s next-gen APU that offers eight times faster transformer-based generative AI. It reduces power consumption by 45 percent, ensuring a fast and efficient on-device AI performance. The chip supports large language models (LLMs) with up to 33 billion parameters. The company has named Meta Llama 2, Baichuan 2, and Baidu AI LLM among the supported LLMs.
Support for 320MP cameras, WQHD displays, Wi-Fi 7, and more
MediaTek’s latest flagship SoC features the Imagiq 990 ISP that can handle up to 320MP cameras with 8K video recording. The company claims 100 percent pixel-level autofocus and dual-lossless zoom for a never-before-seen flagship camera experience. The Dimensity 9300 can also handle WQHD resolution displays at up to 180Hz refresh rate. It boasts dual active display support for foldable phones.
Other highlights include Wi-Fi 7, Sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G connectivity, three-microphone HDR audio recording, and enhanced security. Overall, the Dimensity 9300 appears roughly on par with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, at least on paper. MediaTek says the first batch of phones powered by the chip will hit the market later this month, so it won’t be long before we get an idea of its real-life performance.