With MediaTek having a strong mid-range processor with the Dimensity 8100, the Taiwanese chipmaker released a new alternative with the Dimensity 7200. The vivo V27 is the first phone to use this new processor, and we investigate in this performance test how good is the Dimensity 7200 compared to the competition.
The Dimensity 7200 is manufactured using a 4nm process and utilizes a 2/6 core configuration: 2 Cortex-A715 cores running at 2.8Ghz, and 6 Cortex-A510 cores running at 2.0Ghz. The GPU is a Mali-G610 MC4, which is best described as a Mali-G710 (used on the Dimensity 9000) with fewer shader cores.
Our V27 review unit comes with 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. For the synthetic and gaming benchmarks, all tests were done in an air-conditioned room with a temperature of approximately 23 degrees Celsius. We used 3DMark’s Wild Life stress test for the synthetic benchmarks section, while GameBench is used to measure performance for the games we used for this test.
Synthetic Benchmarks vs the Competition
The Dimensity 7200’s closest competitors performance–wise are the Snapdragon 778G and the Exynos 1380. Based on the results we got in Geekbench 6, the Dimensity 7200 goes head-to-head with Samsung’s new Exynos 1380–the former trails behind slightly in multi-core but not by a large margin.
While the Exynos 1380 did better than the Dimensity 7200 in PCMark Work, the latter flexed its muscles in 3DMark Wild Life, where it has a significantly large lead against the Exynos 1380 and Snapdragon 778G.
To sum it up, the Dimensity 7200 has a powerful GPU, while its CPU performance is close to what you expect with the Exynos 1380 and Snapdragon 778G.
Synthetic stress tests
How did the Dimensity 7200 handle continuous heavy loads? It did pretty well, as we managed to get 99% stability in 3DMark’s Wild Life Stress Test, where 20 loops of the Wild Life benchmark gives us a baseline on how it can handle demanding games if you engage in long playing sessions.
When it comes to thermals, the V27 peaked at 40 degrees Celsius, which is an increase of 4 degrees Celsius. That’s a small increase in temperature compared to what we experienced with the Exynos 1380 on the Galaxy A54, and this shows the advantage of the Dimensity 7200’s 4nm process.
Like the Dimensity 8100, the Dimensity 7200 can comfortably run the most popular titles in 60FPS and in the highest possible graphics. Unlike the Exynos 1380, our gaming tests with the Dimensity 7200 show that it’s optimized for a broader set of games–for one, we were able to run Asphalt 9 in 60FPS.
Based on the results we obtained using GameBench, the Dimensity 7200 performs decently with gaming–while keeping thermals more stable than what we experienced on the Exynos 1380. In the V27’s case, it performed great with Asphalt 9 and Tower of Fantasy, being able to hit close to the 60FPS cap while maintaining high overall stability while playing both games.
It’s a different case, however, with Genshin Impact. While there’s no question that you can push the Dimensity 7200 to run the open-world RPG at the highest graphics, it appears to be more optimized at 30FPS mode: with 60FPS enabled, we were barely hitting above 30FPS, and overall stability is a bit wonky.
The performance that the Dimensity 7200 showed in Genshin Impact is not necessarily bad–it just shows that you will need to go for the Dimensity 8100 if you want to make the most out of the game’s 60FPS mode.
Our performance test of the Dimensity 7200 used on the vivo V27 shows that it’s an alternative to the Dimensity 8100. While it is slightly less powerful, the Dimensity 7200 makes up for it by being more power-efficient with its 4nm process. Given the pricing of the V27, the Dimensity 7200 is a competitive mid-range processor against the likes of the Exynos 1380 and Snapdragon 778G.
The Dimensity 7200 is not meant to compete against the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2–MediaTek has the Dimensity 8200 to match against Qualcomm’s new upper mid-range processor.