MediaTek Dimensity 1200 Mobile Chip Handles a 200MP Camera

MediaTek has announced two new additions to its 5G series of mobile processors, the Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1100, which, despite an impressive array of technical improvements, could help the company’s chips find their way into more high-end smartphones very soon. MediaTek supports many smart home products, from Amazon’s Echo hardware to most of the available smart TVs and a growing number of powerful smartphones. However, in the world of high-end flagship mobile hardware, MediaTek is not as well known as Qualcomm.

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The Dimensity 1200 could change that. The Octa-Core Dimensity 1200 was manufactured using a 6nm process and uses an Ultra-Core Arm Cortex A78, three Supercore Arm Cortex A78 and four Arm Cortex A55 cores with a built-in Sub-6 5G modem, one Nine-core. Core GPU and an updated six-core APU for artificial intelligence tasks that offers a 10% increase in performance over previous versions.

The photographic ability is the standout new feature: the chip’s 5-core HDR ISP processes individual cameras with up to 200 megapixels and 4K HDR video recording. On the display side, the Dimensity 1200 supports QHD + resolutions with a refresh rate of 90 Hz or FHD + resolutions up to 168 Hz. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 are among the connectivity features.

The Dimensity 1100 is similar, but replaces the ultra-core Cortex A78 with a standard A78 and connects three additional and four Cortex A55 cores. The chip is still made using a 6nm process, has a 5G modem and the updated APU. The specs are a little more modest and support a single 108-megapixel camera and a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz on screens with FHD + resolution.

According to MediaTek, the first smartphones with the Dimensity 1200 and 1100 chips will be available from late March and early April. Xiaomi, Realme, Oppo and Vivo apparently show interest in the processors. This means an early release in the US is unlikely as none of these manufacturers officially sell smartphones in North America. However, all of them officially sell devices in Europe and most of them also in the UK.

MediaTek recently signed a contract with LG and T-Mobile to supply the network operator’s LG Velvet smartphone with a Dimensity 1000. While there are no announcements yet for the US, that doesn’t mean we won’t see a Dimensity 1200 phone in the future.

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