Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Rival Dimensity 9300 Only Uses Big Cores

Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Rival Dimensity 9300 Only Uses Big Cores

After Qualcomm showcased its flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor that powers the Xiaomi 14 series, it is MediaTek’s turn to unveil its flagship processor with the Dimensity 9300.

While both flagship chips emphasize maximizing the power of AI, MediaTek went for an unusual approach of only equipping large cores on the Dimensity 9300. Its 8-core layout consists of four Cortex-A720 cores running at 2Ghz, three Cortex-X4 cores running at 2.85Ghz, and a Prime Cortex-A4 core running at 3.25Ghz.

While its max clock speed is lower than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, MediaTek’s approach of not putting any efficiency cores is daring. To support the Dimensity 9300’s all-Big Core approach, ARM presented a graph that shows that the A720 consumes less power in its minimum state than the A520 when running near its maximum clock speed. That sounds interesting on paper, but it remains to be seen if the Dimensity 9300 is power efficient with its CPU design.

To support its unique layout, MediaTek claims that the APU 790 inside the Dimensity 9300 has up to 45% better power efficiency than the Dimensity 9200’s APU 690–all while being much better with Generative AI. As for its GPU, the Dimensity 9300’s Immortalis-G720 has one more core than the previous-generation Immortalis-G715. MediaTek claims almost double the performance while having the same power consumption.

Some of the key features of the Dimensity 9300 include support for WiFi 7 and LPDDR5T RAM, 4K AI Noise Reduction and Processing on RAW photos, and support for 4K30 Cinematic Mode with real-time bokeh tracking. The latter sounds like what Apple has offered since the iPhone 13 series.

MediaTek has yet to reveal which brands will use the Dimensity 9300, but the vivo X100 is expected to be the first phone to use it. We should know more about the X100 series on November 13.



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