MediaTek, one of the world’s biggest chipset makers alongside Qualcomm, has announced the launch of a new 5G SoC – likely targeting the massive market of budget and mid-range smartphones that are yet to join the 5G bandwagon. The chipset is called the Dimensity 700, and given that MediaTek highlights on the word “everyone” in its launch release, it’s likely that that Dimensity 700 will look to do what Qualcomm has attempted to do with its own value centric 5G smartphone SoC – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480.
With the Dimensity 700 SoC, MediaTek is using two performance cores with the Cortex-A76 clocked at peak core speed of 2.2GHz, coupled with six stable cores that use the Cortex-A55 clocked at up to 2GHz. The chipset is fabricated using the 7nm node, which MediaTek highlights is 28 percent more efficient than any rivalling 8nm fabricated chips in terms of power draw.
The key highlights that MediaTek highlights for the Dimensity 700 SoC include the use of LPDDR4x memory and UFS 2.2 storage standards, support for up to full HD+ 90Hz displays, up to 64MP multi-camera setups, as well as compatibility with multiple voice assistants including the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. For graphics, the chipset makes use of the Mali-G57 GPU that is rated to handle 30fps graphics output at up to 2K video resolution. Alongside multi-mode 5G, other connectivity chops of the Dimensity 700 include support for all navigation standards including ISRO’s NavIC, Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.1. All specs, therefore, point to the Dimensity 700 being geared for budget devices specifically.
Alongside the launch, Realme CEO Madhav Sheth has confirmed that the company will be the first to launch a smartphone with the newly announced MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC. This has raised speculations that the upcoming Realme 8 5G may feature this SoC. The standard Realme 8 is already available as a sub-Rs 20,000 smartphone, and the speculated 5G variant may join it soon as well.
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