MediaTek, a leading chipmaker from Taiwan, is reportedly working on its next flagship SoC, the Dimensity 9400, which could rival Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 in terms of performance and efficiency. Both chips are expected to be the world’s first 3nm SoCs for Android, which will offer significant improvements over the current 4nm technologies.
According to a tipster named Digital Chat Station, who has a track record of revealing accurate information about upcoming devices, the Dimensity 9400 will have a different architecture than its predecessor, the Dimensity 9300. The new chip will not have four Cortex-X5 performance cores, which are designed to deliver the highest performance for demanding tasks. Instead, it will have a configuration with only performance cores, but with a lower number of X-cores.
The tipster claims that this will give the Dimensity 9400 an edge over the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 in all aspects, as it will have a higher CPU frequency and a better balance between performance and power consumption. The lack of an efficiency core, which is usually used for low-intensity tasks, may raise some questions about the battery life of the devices powered by the Dimensity 9400, but the 3nm process node is expected to compensate for that by providing better thermal management and lower power leakage.
The GPU details of the Dimensity 9400 are still unknown, but MediaTek will likely use its own Mali-G series of graphics processors, which have been optimized for gaming and multimedia applications. The tipster also suggests that Vivo, a popular smartphone brand from China, is closely involved in the development of the Dimensity 9400, especially in the AI domain. Vivo has previously collaborated with MediaTek on the Dimensity 9300, which powers some of its flagship models, such as the Vivo X100 Pro.
The Dimensity 9400 and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 are expected to be announced later this year, and will likely power the next generation of premium smartphones from various brands. Both chips will offer a new level of performance and efficiency, thanks to the 3nm technology, which will enable more transistors to be packed into a smaller area, resulting in faster and more reliable processing. We will keep you updated on the latest developments regarding these chips, so stay tuned.