Today MediaTek announced a follow-up in its SoC line-up with the new Dimensity 1000+. This seems to be a binned or revisioned variant of the Dimensity 1000 announced last year, although we currently lack details on the exact changes.

MediaTek SoCs
SoC Dimensity 1000 Helio G90
(Helio G90T)
CPU 4x Cortex A77 @ 2.6GHz
4x Cortex A55 @ 2.0GHz
2x Cortex A76 @ 2.0GHz
6x Cortex A55 @ 2.0GHz
GPU Mali-G77MP9 @ ? MHz Mali G76 MP4 @ 720MHz
APU / NPU / AI Proc. / Neural IP "3rd gen APU"
2 "big" + 3 "small" + 1 "tiny"

4.5TOPs total perf
2x APU

+1TOPs total perf
Memory 4x 16b LPDDR4x LPDDR4X @ 2133MHz
ISP/Camera 80MP
32MP + 16MP
1x 48MP (64MP)
2x 24+16MP
H.264 & HEVC
& AV1 (Decode)
H.264 & HEVC
Integrated Modem 5G Sub-6

DL = 4600Mbps
200MHz 2CA, 256-QAM,
4x4 MIMO

UL = 2500Mbps
200MHz 2CA, 256-QAM,
2x2 MIMO

LTE Category 19 DL
Category 12/13

DL = 600Mbps
3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM, 4x4 MIMO

UL = 150Mbps
2x20MHz CA,64-QAM
Connectivity WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
+ Bluetooth 5.1
+ Dual Band GNSS
Mfc. Process N7 12FFC

The Dimensity 1000+ is powered by 4x Cortex-A77 cores up to 2.6GHz and 4x Cortex A55 cores up to 2 GHz. Although we never saw any kind of Dimensity 1000 powered devices out there in the wild, we did manage to get our hands on an Oppo Reno 3 with a Dimensity 1000L – a lower binned variant of the flagship chip.

Even this lower binned variant performed quite excellently, able to showcase higher performance as well as better power efficiency compared to competing SoCs such as the Snapdragon 765.

The GPU is a Mali G77MP9 – but again since we never saw the full featured D1000 in the wild we don’t know how the D1000+ will perform. The lower-binned D1000L certainly showcased good performance at excellent power consumption.

The SoC includes a 5G modem capable of sub-6GHz frequencies (which covers the vast majority of markets). The chip also currently is the only mobile chip this year that support AV1 hardware decoding, an interesting feature that makes MediaTek’s offerings more future-proof than other chipsets.

Today’s announcement generally seems a bit meagre on details on what the D1000+ provides over the D1000. Vivo’s iQOO is said to be designing a phone powered by the new chipset, which hopefully means we’ll finally see the full potential of the Dimensity 1000 SoC materialise.

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Source: MediaTek

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  • jeremyshaw - Thursday, May 7, 2020 - link

    I think we all know the question each of us have.

    Also, does MediaTek support their chipsets for a long time, or do they enable vendors to use the "no binary blobs were provided from upstream, so no N+2 Android update for you!" excuse?
  • anonym - Friday, May 8, 2020 - link

    That depends on handset manufacturer. Nokia and some did
  • RoyceTrentRolls - Friday, May 8, 2020 - link

    Why have we not seen any devices with the D1000 proper? Did something go wrong with the initial batch of D1000s, forcing MediaTek to bin them lower and sell them as D1000Ls?
  • Kangal - Friday, May 8, 2020 - link

    My suspicion is that the initial 7nm wafers (big lot) were bought by Apple at a premium.
    The next segment (small lot) was bought by HiSilicon.
    Then the third segment (big lot) was bought by Qualcomm.
    Afterwards the fourth segment (small lot) was bought by ATi-AMD.
    And the fifth batch (big lot) was bought by AMD-Zen.

    MediaTek didn't have enough money to purchase them at the quantities and prices dictated by TSMC. I think MediaTek's plans for the Dimensity is foremost to get their name and reputation out there, that they can compete with the big dogs. Providing a competent chipset is less of a concern.
  • Kangal - Friday, May 8, 2020 - link

    The ironic part is that even the D-1000L seems better than the Exynos 990/995 of the S20/Note20. Heck I'd choose a Kirin 980 instead, but unnecessary when the Snapdragon 865 is available. I think people are more concerned about COVID19 than news about processors so their gamble/paper-launch hasn't really paid off.

    I would commend MediaTek if they end up releasing the D1000 chips proper, and provide documentation, drivers, and source code freely for developers. They've been so paranoid about losing "code work" to their competitors (RockChip, AMLogic, Allwinner, VIA, etc etc) that they blatantly broke copyright laws/GPL. But they've been "untouchable" to conform to GPL since they're based in China, similar to many other companies that don't honour intellectual property.
  • Plumplum - Friday, May 8, 2020 - link

    Laws don't work like you think...
    1st : Mediatek doesn't sell you anything...they needn't provide you any sources. Mediatek has to provide source to OEM
    2nd : OEM sell you phones, they have to provide you sources
    3rd : go on Github you fill find sources for most devices sold in western countries and equiped by Mediatek's (redmi 6/6A Oreo/Pie, Redmi Note 8 Pro Pie/10, Oppo A3, Reno Z, Reno 2Z, Realme C3, , 3, 6, Nokia 1, 3, 3.1, 5.1, 5.1 Plus...)...and only need a few minutes in order to.
    4th : if you break law, you're condemned in countries where you break it, not in the country you come from. Saying Mediatek is untouchable is a wrong analysis.
    5th : Mediatek is Taiwanese, not Chinese.
  • Sharma_Ji - Friday, May 8, 2020 - link

    "Their source are not compiling", as some of my dev friends quote.
  • Plumplum - Friday, May 8, 2020 - link

    It seems indians succeed in doing custom ROM for Redmi Note 8 Pro, isn't it...
    I heard some problems but related to vendors not to soc?
  • lmcd - Saturday, May 9, 2020 - link

    MediaTek is compiling and distributing a GPL-licensed piece of software with modifications outside of their organization, without releasing the modifications. The GPL requires that they release the modifications. Therefore, they need to provide the sources to the device manufacturer, and *must not hinder* their further distribution.

    When the device manufacturer is a SBC maker, they have still refused to release the sources.
  • watzupken - Friday, May 8, 2020 - link

    Based on my experience with their older Helios, I feel the products are generally decent in performance vs price. However I don't recall seeing any software updates from them, although that could be due to the mid low end phone I got previously.

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