After years of success in China and slow but steady progress in Europe and the rest of Asia, chipset maker MediaTek has clearly set its sights on the US smartphone market with its first-ever mmWave 5G chipset: Dimensity 1050.
While MediaTek already offers several 5G chipsets to smartphone makers, they have all been limited to frequencies below 6GHz so far. The Dimensity 1050 breaks this trend by supporting sub6 along with mmWave, another frequency band currently only widely used in the US. Support is often set by key US carriers as a requirement for 5G phone manufacturers.
While the Dimensity 1050 arguably boasts MediaTek’s most advanced networking technology, it’s not really the company’s top-of-the-line chip – it remains the Dimensity 9000. Instead, it’s a cheaper offering built on a 6nm process, designed even for of being below the recently announced. Dimensity 8000 and 8100 in the MediaTek line.
Expect it to hit mid-range Android phones with specs like support for 144Hz displays, 108MP cameras, and Wi-Fi 6E connections.
For those who care about CPU design, the 1050 uses two A78 performance cores clocked at 2.5GHz and another six A55 efficiency cores.
MediaTek has yet to confirm specific manufacturers that intend to use the Dimensity 1050, but says the first phones should arrive sometime in the third quarter, i.e. from July to September of this year.
This means phones will start arriving after the first phones using the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, a similar competing chip from Qualcomm announced last week. Honor, Oppo, and Xiaomi have already committed to Qualcomm’s chip, and it will be interesting to see if MediaTek can attract OEMs of a similar caliber – or, as no doubt hope, the likes of Motorola and OnePlus, who have established themselves in the market. US market.
Along with the 1050, MediaTek also announced two cheaper smartphone chips. The Dimensity 930 is a similar 6nm chip with the same CPU cores, but with a slower 2.2GHz clock speed – and while it supports 5G, it lacks mmWave support. Expect to see this chip in more affordable mid-range devices – its predecessor, the Dimensity 810, was used in the Vivo V23 and the Indian version of the Realme 9 5G.
Finally, Helio G99 is a more budget offering. It is limited to 4G connections, but MediaTek insists that it can still provide gaming performance thanks to 30% power savings compared to the Helio G96.
Meanwhile, in the networking world, MediaTek also introduced the Filogic 380 and 880, a pair of chips that are among the first to support Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.3. Since Wi-Fi 6 adoption is still in its infancy, don’t expect to see many benefits from this next standard anytime soon.