Oppo’s move from Snapdragon to Mediatek could signal a change in the phone industry
There is a potential overhaul as to who supplies the brains of the latest and greatest Android smartphones.
While Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors are the de facto gold standard in high-performance handsets, Taiwanese chipmaker MediaTek has said Chinese phone giant Oppo will use its new 5G-capable Dimension 9000 chipset for its flagship series phones. Find X.
The Dimension 9000 is MediaTek’s best effort to replace Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips in major Android smartphones, and goes hand in hand with the latter’s recently announced Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 silicon. While Chinese handset makers Oppo, Xiaomi, Vivo, and Realme have used MediaTek chips in phones sold in China, the upcoming Find X phone is the hottest premium phone to move from Snapdragon to MediaTek. More and more handset makers adopting MediaTek chips, which tend to be cheaper, could lead to cheaper flagship phones for consumers down the line.
Yet MediaTek has its work cut out for it. Most of the major phones from Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and Motorola use Qualcomm’s leading Snapdragon chips. Now that Google has joined Apple in making its own silicon with its Tensor chips, the landscape may be changing enough for MediaTek to gain a foothold in Qualcomm’s territory.
On paper, the MediaTek chip appears to rival the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Like Qualcomm, the Dimension 900 uses a chip based on a smaller 4-nanometer structure, a measure of the extra processing power it can pack into a. microscopically small. space.
This extra power will allow phones to achieve feats such as recording 18-bit HDR video from three cameras simultaneously and will support 320-megapixel cameras and Full HD Plus resolution displays with refresh rates of up to ‘at 180 Hz.
Other phone makers have pledged to use the Dimension 9000 in their high-end phones, including the upcoming Redmi K50. In a statement, Redmi chief executive Lu Weibing described silicon as “one of the most advanced” in terms of performance, video, games, communications, or AI capabilities.
Honor and Vivo have also confirmed that they make devices powered by the Dimension 9000, but did not name the models that use it. None of the phones with the Dimension 9000 have a release date, but MediaTek has said the first devices with the chipset will be available in the first quarter of 2022.
It is not clear whether these devices will make it to the United States, which is a bottleneck for Chinese phone makers. Carriers like Verizon and AT&T don’t sell Oppo, Redmi, Honor, or Vivo phones.
But with Motorola including a MediaTek chip in next year’s budget Moto G Power phone, we might see more phones switching from Snapdragon in the future.