Published on November 6, 2023, 8:45 am

Unveiling The Dimensity 9300: Mediatek’S Latest Chip For High-End Android Phones

  • MediaTek Unveils Dimensity 9300 Chip for High-End Android Phones with On-Device Generative AI
  • MediaTek has introduced its latest chip, the Dimensity 9300, for high-end Android phones. The chip incorporates on-device generative AI, which is expected to be a major trend in 2024. MediaTek's Dimensity 9300 offers similar performance levels to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip but focuses on its peak performance improvement compared to its previous chip. The chips differ in architecture and are targeted at different phone manufacturers and markets. The Dimensity 9300 also brings improvements to camera capabilities and supports dual active displays for foldable phones.

MediaTek, a leading semiconductor company, has unveiled its latest chip for high-end Android phones, the Dimensity 9300. In addition to performance and efficiency enhancements, the chip incorporates on-device generative AI, which is expected to be a major trend in 2024. While phone manufacturers have been introducing AI features in their devices, such as Google’s Tensor silicon for Magic Editor and Live Translation, generative AI opens up new opportunities for mobile AI.

Qualcomm recently announced its Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip, which also brings generative AI capabilities to smartphones. This pits MediaTek and Qualcomm in a race to see which chip will attract more excitement from phone makers. MediaTek anticipates that the first phones featuring the Dimensity 9300 will hit the market soon.

In terms of generative AI capabilities, MediaTek’s approach differs slightly from Qualcomm’s. While both chips offer similar performance levels, MediaTek’s Dimensity 9300 can generate Stable Diffusion images in less than a second and run AI models with up to 7 billion parameters at a rate of 20 tokens per second. It can also handle models with up to 13 billion parameters or even up to a maximum of 33 billion parameters at reduced token speeds. These features provide greater longevity for the chip as more advanced language models are developed.

However, when promoting the Dimensity 9300, MediaTek focused primarily on its peak performance improvement of 46% compared to last year’s Dimensity 9200 chip. The new silicon also boasts a better ray tracing capability by around 46%. MediaTek conducted direct comparisons with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip and claimed that the Dimensity 9300 scored over 7,600 on Geekbench 6.0 on a real device while Qualcomm scored around about only slightly lower in a “lab environment.” CNET ran tests using Snapdragon’s eighth-generation chip on a sample smartphone and obtained similar results.

Aside from their performance, the chips also differ in terms of architecture. MediaTek’s Dimensity 9300 is based on a 4-nanometer plus TSMC process and features eight cores: four X4 performance cores (with one operating at 3.25GHz and three running at 2.85GHz) and four Cortex A720 efficiency cores clocked at 2 GHz. On the other hand, Snapdragon’s eighth-generation chip is also built on a 4-nanometer TSMC process, but it offers one ultra-performance core operating at 3.3GHz, five large performance cores (three running at 3.2GHz and two at 3GHz), and two small efficiency cores at 2.3GHz.

Another distinguishing factor between the two chips is the choice of phones that will employ them. While Chinese smartphone manufacturers like Xiaomi and Vivo have used Dimensity chips in their high-end devices, brands like Samsung and Motorola in the US tend to opt for Snapdragon chips for their flagship models – although this could change in the future. MediaTek doesn’t anticipate making significant headway into the US market this year but sees greater potential in European markets.

In addition to overall performance enhancements, the Dimensity 9300 chip introduces several improvements to camera capabilities, including 16-object segmentation for better lighting and focus adjustments on up to 16 objects, pixel-level autofocus, standalone optical image stabilization, among other features that aim to enhance photography on smartphones.

For foldable phones, MediaTek’s Dimensity 9300 chip supports dual active displays with up to 4K resolution running at a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. It also provides Google Ultra HDR display support on Android 14. Connectivity-wise, MediaTek’s UltraSave 5G technology delivers a10% increase in power efficiency and extended Wi-Fi range.

To truly evaluate whether the Dimensity 9300 lives up to its benchmark claims, we will have to wait until phones featuring the chip become available. However, what has proven more interesting is the potential of generative AI capabilities and how phone manufacturers harness this technology’s possibilities in the next era of smartphones.

Disclaimer: This article was created with the assistance of an AI engine.

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