MediaTek Dimensity 9300 Chipset Officially Launched and Brings “Big Core Only Architecture”
November 6, 2023

MediaTek Dimensity 9300 Chipset Officially Launched and Brings “Big Core Only Architecture”

The new chipset from the Taiwanese company MediaTek – Dimensity 9300 has been officially announced and is ready to face the American Qualcomm competitor Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip. The company claims that its performance is significantly improved, both in terms of its predecessor and in relation to its rivals, thanks to a completely new configuration that brings the so-called architecture of only big cores (All Big Core design).

This company's flagship mobile processor is made in TSMC's third-generation 4 nm manufacturing process, which brings improved performance and power consumption. The Dimensity 9300 chip, as we expected, really only has a large-core architecture. More precisely, on the CPU side, it has four ultra-large, i.e. large Cortex-X4 cores and four large, i.e. medium Cortex-A720 cores, where both clusters are intended for performance. So, for the first time, we see that the small Cortex-A520 CPU cores intended for energy efficiency are completely absent in such a mobile chip.

Even so, MediaTek isn't worried that its new flagship mobile processor is inefficient. This is ensured by the operating frequency of the mentioned CPU cores, where only one of the four Cortex-X4 cores works at 3.25 GHz, and the remaining three at 2.85 GHz. On the other hand, all four middle Cortex-A720 cores operate at a frequency of 2 GHz. Overall, this should ensure better efficiency of this chip.

Dimensity 9300 is said to provide 33 percent more energy efficiency than its predecessor Dimensity 9200 for the same performance. In addition, it should deliver 40 percent better performance, the company claims. The AnTuTu score achieved by this chip reportedly exceeds 2,130,000 points, which is a similar score achieved by the latest Snapdragon generation.

By comparison, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, instead of four large Cortex-X4 cores, has only one such core, five medium Cortex-A720 and two small Cortex-A520 CPU cores to balance power saving and performance.

When it comes to the GPU Arm Immortalis G-720, its performance has increased by 46 percent compared to the previous generation at the same power level and a higher frame rate compared to the competition, according to the company's tests on certain games.

What is also a big plus for the new Taiwanese star is the artificial intelligence capabilities it carries, thanks to the APU 790 AI chip component that has up to eight times the information processing speed and supports Stable Diffusion image generation in less than one second.

This processor will enable better photos and videos, as it has always-on support for HDR 4K at 60 fps, as well as 4K at 30 fps in “cinematic” camera mode, as well as AI processing of RAW photos and videos with support for the new Ultra HDR powered by Android 14.

On paper and in presentation, all these specifications sound quite impressive and seem like serious competition for both Qualcomm and Apple and Samsung. However, we should now wait for the tests that will substantiate all this information. This processor is likely to power upcoming smartphones such as the Xixo X100, Vivo X100 Pro and others, and the company announces that the first phones with this chip will be on the market by the end of this year.