Taiwanese chipmaker MediaTek has announced a mid-year refresh of its top-end smartphone processor, the Dimensity 9200. The new model, the Dimensity 9200 Plus, features clock speed upgrades to both the CPU and GPU. The Cortex-X3 big core now hits 3.35GHz, up from 3.05GHz. While the Cortex-A715 medium cores now hit 3GHz, up from 2.85GHz. The Cortex-A510 cores remain at 1.8GHz. The GPU has received a 17% boost to clock speed, although MediaTek did not disclose the exact speed. The rest of the chipset remains the same as the standard Dimensity 9200.
MediaTek unveils Dimensity 9200 Plus to overtake the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 with faster CPU and GPU for high-performance smartphones
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The Dimensity 9200 Plus offers an M80-based modem with mmWave 5g support, a sixth-generation APU, support for up to 240Hz refresh rate at FHD+ resolutions, 8K recording capabilities, Bluetooth 5.3, and Wi-Fi 7. The vivo X90 Pro, is the only Dimensity 9200 phone in global markets. It has demonstrated competitive single-core CPU performance and GPU performance during testing. But it lagged behind in multi-core CPU scores and GPU stress testing.
The new chipset is expected to offer a significant upgrade in peak performance, though it is unclear whether clock speed boosts will address weaknesses in multi-core CPU scores and GPU stress testing. The first phones powered by the Dimensity 9200 Plus will be available later this month. Although there is no word on their availability.
MediaTek‘s Dimensity 9200 Plus will be competing with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy processor. It is also a top-end smartphone processor. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 boasts a peak clock speed of 3.36GHz. It is only slightly higher than the Dimensity 9200 Plus' 3.35GHz. However, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 has been praised for its excellent GPU performance and AI capabilities. So it remains to be seen whether the Dimensity 9200 Plus can match or exceed these features. Nevertheless, the mid-year refresh is a welcome update for the Dimensity 9200. Providing smartphone manufacturers with a more powerful chipset to work with and potentially offering consumers better performance and features in their next smartphone.