5G smartphones are the trend these days. At this point, almost every major brand has launched at least a few 5G-capable phones. However, looking at the price tag that comes attached to these phones, they aren’t cheap devices to get your hands on. But that is gradually changing as chipset manufacturers are now turning their attention to low-cost 5G chipsets. MediaTek, being a value-oriented SoC maker, has now launched the Dimensity 820 with 5G connectivity. It targets the upper mid-range SoC market and is a direct competitor to Qualcomm’s smash-hit, the Snapdragon 765G.
MediaTek Dimensity 820 Overview
MediaTek launched the Dimensity series of mobile chipset back in November 2019. Unlike its existing chipsets, these chipsets come with integrated modems for 5G connectivity. The newly announced Dimensity 820 is the fifth one under the series, and it fits in between the Dimensity 800 and Dimensity 1000L.
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Dimensity 820 is an octa-core processor based on the 7nm FinFET manufacturing process. It comes with four Cortex-A77 cores clocked at 2.6 GHz and four Cortex-A55 cores at 2.0 GHz. The setup looks similar to that of Dimensity 800 except for the higher clocked Cortex-A77 cores. In terms of GPU, MediaTek has added an additional core to the 800’s ARM Mali G57. Additionally, it also supports HyperEngine 2.0, which is a collection of software tweaks for better performance, especially in the graphics. For AI, it has MediaTek APU 3.0.
Xiaomi devices with the codename “M2004J7AC” managed to score 644 and 2156 points in single-core and multi-core respectively, while the “M2004J7BC” managed to score 646 and 2634, respectively. And both these devices have the Dimensity 820 inside. It means that the new chipset is more closer to Kirin 980, Snapdragon 855 than the Snapdragon 765G.
It features an integrated 5G modem with support for both SA and NSA sub-6GHz networks. The modem aligns with 3GPP Release-15 requirements. The chipset also offers dual 5G SIM support. With the 2CC Carrier Aggregation, MediaTek claims better network speed and hassle-free switching between two 5G connection areas.
Display and Camera
MediaTek has also addressed another rising trend among mid-range and flagship smartphones – a higher refresh rate. The new Dimensity 820 supports up to 120Hz screens. MediaTek has also included MiraVision Video which OEMs can implement in their product for better viewing optimizations. With this, smartphones can adjust different parameters of the display based on what it is showing, upscale SDR contents up to HDR, support HDR10+ visuals, all while still being battery efficient.
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Phones powered by Dimensty 820 can have up to four cameras, with support for up to 80MP single sensor. For portraits, it supports up to 32MP + 16MP cameras at 30fps. It can even capture and defuse frames at different exposure for multi-frame 4K HDR video.
MediaTek Dimensity 820 Launch
The first phone to equip the new MediaTek Dimensity 820 will be the Redmi 10X, which boasts an outstanding AnTuTu score of 415,277. Xiaomi’s M2004J7AC and M2004J7BC can also be launched as Redmi Note 10 and Note 10 Pro with Dimensity 820 later in the year.
Check out our comparison between Dimensity 1000 and Snapdragon 765G!