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CES 2020: Taiwan’s MediaTek releases Dimensity 800 Series 5G chipset

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MediaTek released its Dimensity 800 Series 5G chipset family that it claims will bring flagship features, power and performance to New Premium mid-range 5G smartphones.

MediaTek’s Dimensity 5G chipset family offers system-on-chips (SoCs) with integrated 5G modems. It claims single-chip solutions offer an unrivalled combination of connectivity, multimedia, AI and imaging innovations packed into a 7nm chip.

The first devices featuring Dimensity 800 Series SoCs are expected to launch in the first half of 2020.

MediaTek’s wireless business unit boss TL Lee said MediaTek already launched its flagship 5G smartphone solution, the Dimensity 1000, and with the 800 series 5G chipset family, it was bringing 5G to the mid-tier and mass market.

“Everyone should have access to great technology. The Dimensity 800 Series will power the New Premium segment for 5G, bringing consumers flagship smartphone features and performance at mid-range price points.”

The Dimensity 800 Series integrates MediaTek’s 5G modem in one design, delivering platform power savings compared to two-chip alternatives. The Dimensity 800 5G SoC supports 5G with two carrier aggregation (2CC CA) for 30 per cent wider high-speed layer coverage, more seamless 5G handover, and higher average throughput performance compared to other solutions, with a single carrier (1CC, no CA).

The chipset is designed to support both stand-alone and non-standalone sub-6GHz networks. It includes multi-mode support for every cellular connectivity generation from 2G to 5G and supports Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS).

The Dimensity 800 series includes support for services such as Voice over New Radio (VoNR), delivers seamless connectivity across networks, and offers data and voice on 5G.

Additionally, the chipset’s integrated 5G modem delivers extreme energy efficiency and is a more power-efficient design than other solutions in the market.

The MediaTek Dimensity 800 family has four big Cortex-A76 cores operating up to 2GHz, with four power-efficient Arm Cortex-A55 cores operating at up to 2GHz. With more performance cores, launching demanding gaming applications is faster, and there’s a significant improvement to multi-threaded performance. Mediatek claims the Dimensity 800 series is first to introduce this advanced four flagship-class core architecture to the mainstream segment.

There are four cores of Dimensity 1000-class GPU IP, combined with MediaTek gaming technology – HyperEngine – for gaming

It also features MediaTek’s APU 3.0 (AI Processing Unit) and an image signal processor (ISP) supports up to four concurrent cameras. The 800 series supports up to 64MP cameras sensors or large multi-camera options such as 32+16MP dual cameras that are backed by the ultra-efficient hardware depth engine.

MediaTek put its flagship-class AI-camera enhancements into the 800 series. The chipset family includes AI-autofocus, auto exposure, auto white balance, noise reduction, high-dynamic-range (AI HDR) and dedicated facial detection hardware, along with the world’s first multi-frame 4K video HDR capability (Video HDR).

The 800 series can support ultra-smooth Full HD+ displays up to 90Hz refresh rate, MediaTek tells us.

The Dimensity 800 series is designed for global sub-6GHz 5G networks that are being deployed with increasing coverage throughout Asia, North America, and Europe during 2020.

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