Ready for mid-range phones, the Dimensity 8100 chipset seems to match Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in some benchmarks

Emerging as a brand of budget phone chipsets, MediaTek has meanwhile built a credible reputation as an alternative to top brands such as Snapdragon and Exynos.

Continuing the offensive, MediaTek has announced Dimensity 9000, the second fastest mobile chipset in the world, after A15 Bionic, according to preliminary benchmarks. But this is not the company’s main “weapon”, but the Dimensity 8000 series for affordable phones. Of particular interest is the 8100, a chipset with comparable performance at least to rival Snapdragon 888.

According to the latest rumors, Dimensity 8100 is more of a rival to Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200, but with a much better price.

Without naming a specific device, the new chipset appears in the Geekbench 5 catalog with scores of 3801 points in the multi-core test and 924 points in the single-core test. For comparison, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset gets 3810 points in the same multi-core test. However, the use of the ARM Cortex X1 high-performance core takes Qualcomm’s performance far higher, to a single-core score of 1200 points.

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In statistical terms, MediaTek has already surpassed rival Qualcomm, with the company’s solutions being present on 48% of Android phones sold in the US in the last three months of 2021, leaving 44% of the market account for the British provider. While Google gained some notoriety by developing its own Tensor chip, integrated with a chipset found only on Pixel series phones, the effort did not go too far, the resulting product failing to excel in both display performance and battery efficiency.

Interestingly, there are other Geekbench recordings in which the Dimensity 8100 outperforms the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 alternative, consolidating the advantage in the multi-core test. However, the single-core result is also to be appreciated, which although it does not exceed the threshold of 1000 points in Geekbench 5 is high enough to guarantee a comfortable level of performance in most situations.

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