MediaTek formalizes its Dimensity 9200 chip, Wi-Fi 7 and ray tracing compatible. Enough to allow MediaTek to enter the segment of high-end smartphones.
MediaTek is still often associated with entry-level or mid-range Android smartphones, but its chips are increasingly integrated into high-end models and the brand’s latest SoC could help on this point. The company has just introduced its Dimension 9200 chip which, among other things, is the first Wi-Fi 7 compatible SoC. You will need a smartphone with a chip and a router compatible with this version to be able to take advantage of speeds of up to 6.5 Gbps.
This Dimensity 9200 chip is also the first to use an ARMv9 Gen 2 architecture, all with new cores. A “big” Cortex-X3 core handles the majority of the most demanding tasks, with the help of three Cortex-A175 cores. Four low-power Cortex A-510 cores help preserve battery life. This combo makes it possible to gain 10 to 12% more performance compared to the Dimensity 9000 chip, while reducing consumption by 25%.
The biggest improvements are in the graphics. The Dimensity 9200 chip is the first to take advantage of the new ARM Immortalis-G715 GPU, which brings ray tracing, greatly increased performance and greater efficiency. The latter is 32% faster than the Dimensity 9000 chip’s GPU while using 41% less power, according to MediaTek.
Wi-Fi 7 and ray tracing compatible
The other improvements are more subtle, but useful. Unlike many MediaTek chips, the 9200 supports 5G sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave, to offer the best in terms of data to the four corners of the world. The Imagiq 890 image processor is the first to support RGBW sensors, promising more brightness and detail in photos than RGB. It can also handle motion blur. Also supported are UFS 4.0 storage, LPDDR5X memory (8.5 Gbps), and 24-bit/192 KHz audio.
The first smartphones equipped with this Dimensity 9200 chip should be available before the end of 2022. Qualcomm probably has nothing to worry about, with its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip which should arrive shortly. That being said, it should allow MediaTek to have more of a presence in the high-end smartphone segment, and that’s good for the competition and the choice for the general public.