Yesterday, MediaTek announced its partnership with Intel to bring 5G connectivity to laptops. Well-known brands like Dell and HP will be the first companies to launching laptops with MediaTek’s 5G solution by early 2021. Today, the Taiwanese manufacturer has introduced the first chipset in its Dimensity lineup of 5G SoCs. The newly introduced Dimensity 1000 5G is built on the 7nm manufacturing process. The chipset is integrated with a 5G modem. This technology allows it to consume less energy compared to the available chipset + 5G modem solution. The Dimensity 1000 5G carries support for dual-SIM dual-standby 5G and Wi-Fi 6.
MediaTek had announced the Dimensity 1000 5G chipset in May. However, at that time it had released only few details, and had had not confirmed its final name. The 4G lineup of chipsets from MediaTek featured Helio branding, while all the 5G SoCs will have the new Dimensity brand name. Today, the Taiwanese chip maker has revealed more details on the Dimensity 1000 5G. According to the company, the Dimensity 1000 5G is the fastest sub-6 GHz chipset that promises twofold download speeds compared to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset that tags along with the X50 5G modem. Compared to the SD855+, the D1000 5G consumes 40 percent less power.
Dimensity 1000 5G Chipset Specifications
The Dimensity 1000 5G is an octa-core chipset with four Cortex A77 cores clocked at 2.6GHz and four Cortex A55 cores working at 2.0GHz. The flagship chipset features Mali-G77 GPU. There is a 3rd generation NPU unit onboard which is dubbed as APU 3.0 by the company. MediaTek claims that the performance of APU 3.0 is twice better than that of the previous generation SoCs. The SoC is equipped with support for up to 16GB LPDDR4x RAM.
With improved ISP capabilities, the D1000 5G chipset powered phones can shoot up to 80-megapixel at 24fps. It can support multiple camera setups of up to 32-megapixel + 16-megapixel combo. The D1000 5G arrives as the first mobile chipset to bring support for 4K video recording at 60fps. The SoC also support multi-frame video HDR. Phones powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1000 5G can feature displays that can support quad HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate.
The D1000 5G has support for 5G in SA (Standalone) and NSA (Non-Standalone) Sub-6 GHz networks. With 2x carrier aggregation, the new chipset can offer up to 4.7 Gbps download speeds and upload speeds of up to 2.5Gbps over 5G frequencies under 6GHz. Phones featuring the Dimensity 1000 5G chipset can have dual SIM combinations such as 5G + 5G, 4G + 5G and 5G + 4G. The new chip can only work with sub-6 GHz frequencies and they don’t carry support for mmWave. The Taiwanese firm will be releasing an mmWave edition chipset later.
The next generation Wi-Fi 6 (2×2 801.11ax) that delivers 38 percent faster connectivity than Wi-Fi 5 is also available on the D1000 5G. The SoC also supports Bluetooth 5.1 and dual-band GPS.
China and other regions in Asia will be the first to receive MediaTek Dimensity 1000 5G powered smartphones starting from the end of this year. Broader expansion will happen in 2020 with the U.S in the first quarter and in the European markets by the second half of the year. Since the past few years, MediaTek had been only offering mid-range SoCs. However, it is good to see the Taiwanese company re-enter the flagship chipset market. The D1000 5G seems to be a good rival for the Qualcomm made 5G integrated flagship chipset that will be announced in the next week.