Although just a few years ago it would have seemed hard to believe, MediaTek seems to have “gotten in front” of Qualcoom by delivering the Dimensity 9200, a chipset that is 25% more efficient and faster than any current-generation Snapdragon alternative.
MediaTek’s Dimensity 9000 marked the moment the Taiwanese processor maker matched the performance of a current-generation Qualcomm chipset, delivering performance comparable to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The Dimensity 9200 successor comes to take the “insult” to rival Qualcomm further by offering superior power efficiency, bundled with the performance boost listed in the promotional flyers.
The Dimensity 9200 could deliver 25% more performance than its predecessor
The Dimensity 9000 exceeded 1 million points in the AnTuTu test, while the improved Dimensity 9000+ managed to exceed 1.1 million points. Officially, the Dimensity 9200 can deliver 10% more multi-core performance than the 9000 series, and the offering is complemented by other innovations on the functionality side.
MediaTek’s newest chipset comes with an ARM Cortex-X3 main core running at 3.05 GHz, enough to handle the most demanding Android apps. The configuration is complemented by three more Cortex-A715 cores at 2.85GHz, respectively, another four Cortex-A510 cores at 1.8GHz, serving the background processes of Android apps as efficiently as possible.
By comparison, the as-yet-unreleased Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 alternative is expected in a 1+4+3 configuration, with one high-performance core served by four intermediate-performance cores, one more than the MediaTek solution. Theoretically, the formula should deliver better performance. In practice, Qualcomm’s solution could be penalised with too high temperatures and power consumption, leaving less room for post-launch performance optimisation.