MediaTek Dimensity 9000 vs Snapdragon 888+: This is the first time in a long time that MediaTek has produced a mainstream chipset that can go head-to-head with the likes of Apple’s A15 Bionic and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and 888 Plus.
The Dimensity 9000 chip is powerful in performance and is ready to take on competition from other chip makers in the industry. Below is the full comparison between the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+.
MediaTek Dimensity 9000 vs Snapdragon 888+: Manufacturing Process
MediaTek Dimensity 9000 is built on a 4nm process making it the first SoC in the World to be built on such a smaller node. In addition, it uses TSMC’s new N4 design which in comparison to the Snapdragon 888+ that was manufactured on a 5nm process, the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 has an edge over the Snapdragon 888+.
The 4nm process that was designed by TSMC helps the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chipset to be power efficient and to deliver faster performance.
These two chipsets use the 1+3+4 CPU architecture but the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 has more advanced cores and is clocked higher. The Dimensity 9000 is the first mobile SoC to use ARM’s Cortex-X2 core based on the ARM’s V9 architecture that was recently announced.
|CPU Core||Dimensity 9000||Snapdragon 888+|
|Power Cores||1x ARM Cortex-X2||1x ARM Cortex-X1|
|Speed||3.05 GHz||2.95 GHz|
|3x ARM Cortex-A78|
4x ARM Cortex-A55
From the details above, the Cortex-X2 is a successor to the Cortex-X1 we have on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+. So yes, the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 is ahead once more.
The MediaTek Dimensity 9000 is World’s first chipset with Mali-G710 GPU. With 10 core GPU onboard, MediaTek says the cores have a peak frequency of about 850MHz. When compared to the Snapdragon 888+ GPU, the Adreno 660 maximum frequency is 840MHz.
Does it mean the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 GPU is better? Well, on paper specs, Yes. But in real-life performance, the Adreno 660 might still top because the 10MHz frequency may not amount to any significant difference.
However, the remarkable thing to take note of here is that the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 GPU is powerful. Also, the MediaTek Dimensity 9000’s GPU supports ray tracing.
In terms of photography and videography, the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chip supports an advanced system. The 18-bit HDR ISP from MediaTek gives support of up to 320MP sensors. Prior to now, the Snapdragon’s Spectra 580 ISP gave support of 200MP.
As it stands, the MediaTek Dimensity 9000’s ISP now champions the course, while it is left for smartphone manufacturers to take advantage of the ISP to the full or not.
Moreover, the ISP of the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 can process up to nine gigapixels per second. In contrast, the Spectra 580 ISP from Snapdragon 888+ can only process 2.7 gigapixels per second.
MediaTek Dimensity 9000 is the first chipset with LPDDR5X memory support, while Snapdragon 888+ remains LPDDR5 only. The new LPDDR5X standard for RAM is superior to LPDDR5 with a performance increase of about 33%, from 6400Mbps to 8533Mbps.
More so, the Dimensity 9000 has a 6MB system cache, which doubles what we see on the Snapdragon 888+ SoC. This will allow the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chipset to perform much better and be more power-efficient.
Once again, the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 is World’s first chipset to bring the Bluetooth 5.3 version. Unfortunately, when it comes to 5G support – you have only Sub-6GHz, not mmWave.
MediaTek Dimensity 9000 vs Snapdragon 888+: Conclusion
MediaTek Dimensity 9000 is superior to the Snapdragon 888+, but can it surpass the forthcoming Snapdragon 898 or Snapdragon 8 gen1 be whatever name Qualcomm calls it? Be on the lookout for the comparison.