MediaTek is a chipset manufacturer, and in the past years, the company has lived in the shadows of Qualcomm. Now, the company is taking things into their hands with the launch of the MediaTek Dimensity 9300 which goes head-to-head with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. Today, we’ll be talking about the improvements MediaTek has added to its latest flagship chipset.
MediaTek Dimensity 9300 Features
One major change that MediaTek took this year is the removal of little cores in the CPU design, favoring only big cores. Now, the chipset has a prime Cortex-X4 core clocked at 3.25 GHz, three Cortex-X4 cores clocked at 2.85 GHz, and four Cortex-A720 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz. Despite using only big cores, MediaTek claims that this chipset is 33% more efficient than its predecessor whilst being 40% more powerful.
The chipset is built on the 3rd gen 4nm+ process node from TSMC, and its CPU design is based on ArmV9.
Apart from the CPU, the MediaTek Dimensity 9300 also brings noticeable improvements to the GPU, as there is now support for hardware-based ray tracing. This is made possible by the new Immortalis-G720 MC13 GPU that has 12 cores and it is said to be 46% more powerful than its predecessor while being 40% more efficient.
AI is the order of the day now, and every chipset has to be at the top of its games regarding AI tasks. This doesn’t disappoint as the new APU 790 comes with support for Generative AI with Stable Defusion generation in less than 1 second and LLM with up to 33 billion parameters. It also does this huge task whilst using 45% less power than its predecessor.
The MediaTek Dimensity 9300 comes with the Imagiq 990 ISP which can take videos at up to 8K at 30 fps. It can now support always-on HDR up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. It also supports cinematic video at 4K @ 30/60 fps with real-time bokeh tracking. AI is also used to improve the ISP’s general performance.
Another new feature here is the fact that the Dimensity 9300 has support for the latest LPDDR5T RAM (which can reach speeds of 9,600 Mbps). This is one aspect where this chipset is better than its Snapdragon rival. It supports UFS 4.0 with MCQ when it comes to storage.
The MediaTek Dimensity 9300 also now supports a WQHD display with 180Hz refresh rates, it also adds support for dual-active displays on foldables.
The chipset is paired with the R16 5G modem which comes with support for 4CC-CA Sub-6GHz and 8CC-CA mmWave bands.
With all these improvements, the MediaTek Dimensity 9300 looks like it might put up a fight against the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. However, we have to wait to see its performance on a smartphone, and it is expected to power the coming Vivo X100 series.