MediaTek vs Qualcomm ft. Dimensity 8300 and Snapdragon 7 Gen 3

MediaTek Dimensity 8300 vs Snapdragon 7 Gen 3
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The fight between the two big mobile chip companies, Snapdragon and MediaTek, isn’t settling anytime soon. While MediaTek provides better affordable options, Snapdragon thrives in the high-end segment. Let’s see who wins this fight for the mid-range section in the upcoming year, the new MediaTek Dimensity 8300 versus the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3.

MediaTek Dimensity 8300 vs. Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 Overview:

One thing to take clear note of is that the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 is a successor to Gen 1 rather than a direct upgrade to any of the Gen 2 chipsets (7s or 7+).


Starting with the core architectures, we get to see an upgrade from both sides. The Dimensity 8300 adopts the ArmV9 CPU architecture, boasting 20% faster CPU performance and up to 30% more efficiency in power usage compared to its forerunner. On the other hand, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 sees a 15% improvement over its first generation.

MediaTek Dimensity 8300 vs Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 CPU Performance
MediaTek Dimensity 8300 vs Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 Architecture

On paper, the performance side is weak for the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3, as the Dimensity 8300 has a way higher clock speed than the Qualcomm chip. For reference, the Gen 3 chip has all the same cores as the Dimensity 8300, but with a much lower clock frequency, as you can see from the table below.

MediaTek Dimensity 8300 Snapdragon 7 Gen 3
Node 4 nm TSMC 4 nm TSMC
Prime core 1x Cortex-A715 @ 3.35 GHz 1x Cortex-A715 @ 2.63 GHz
Big cores 3x Cortex-A715 @ 3.0 GHz 3x Cortex-A715 @ 2.4 GHz
Little cores 4x Cortex-A510 @ 2.2 GHz 4x Cortex-A510 @ 1.8 GHz

Power usage might be the one thing both chips are equally good at, thanks to TSMC’s 4nm process.

GPU and AI Showdown

Even though we don’t have exact numbers to compare the GPUs of the Dimensity 8300 and SD 7 Gen 3, the former appears to have the upper hand. Building on the lead of the Dimensity 8200, MediaTek claims a 60% boost to the GPU, surpassing Qualcomm’s 50% boost from SD 7 Gen 1.


In the realm of AI processing, it is not sure how these two pair against each other. The Dimensity 8300 introduces the APU 780, supporting Generative AI with stable diffusion and LLM with up to 10 billion parameters. In contrast, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 relies on its Hexagon NPU, boasting 60% faster performance per watt than its predecessor.

Hardware supports

The Snapdragon chip settles for 6.4 Gbps LPDDR5 RAM, compared to the faster 8.5 Gbps LPDDR5x on Dimensity’s new SoC. Both are neck-to-neck on displays, as the former can utilize WFHD+ at 168 Hz & WQHD+ at 120 Hz, while the latter can get FHD+ at 180 Hz & WQHD+ at 120 Hz. Further, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 can refresh at 60 Hz for internal or external 4K displays.

On the ISP side, Qualcomm’s Spectra tops out at 200 MP, while the Imagiq 980 for Dimensity 8300 supports a 320 MP sensor. Both can record 4K HDR videos at 60 Hz and support sub-6GHz. But Dimensity 8300 edges ahead with a 5.17 Gbps download speed. Both have WiFi 6E; however, Dimensity has the latest version of Bluetooth, i.e., 5.4.

Here’s the table:

MediaTek Dimensity 8300 Snapdragon 7 Gen 3
RAM LPDDR5x (8.5Gbps) LPDDR5 (6.4Gbps)
ROM UFS 4.0 UFS 3.1
Display FHD+ @180 Hz
WQHD+ @120Hz
WFHD+ @168 Hz
WQHD+ @120Hz
4K @60Hz
ISP 320MP lens
Video: 4K @60fps
200MP lens
Video: 4K @60fps
Connectivity WiFi 6E
Bluetooth 5.4
WiFi 6E
Bluetooth 5.3
Network 5.17Gbps (sub-6GHz)
Dual-mode 5G

MediaTek Dimensity 8300 vs. Snapdragon 7 Gen 3: Conclusion

MediaTek’s Dimensity 8300 takes the win by miles, no doubt. Frankly speaking, this is not a fair fight for the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3. Maybe Qualcomm will release a 7+ Gen 3 to compete with this chip, or they might continue their weird naming scheme with a direct 7+ Gen 4 in the near future. Until then, Dimensity 8300 will be the king of midrange chips!

  • Meanwhile, check out our Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 vs. A16 Bionic vs. Dimensity 9200 video.