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MediaTek launches yet another mid-range 5G chip in the form of the Dimensity 800U

MediaTek has announced yet another mid-range chipset in the form of the Dimensity 800U, which will provide an upcoming wave of mid-range smartphones with 5G connectivity.

The Dimensity 800U joins an ever-growing list of MediaTek chipsets including the recently announced Dimensity 720, Dimensity 800, Dimensity 820, and Dimensity 1000/1000+. That far outstrips the selection on offer from Qualcomm, which only has three 5G chips available but at far more pronounced price-points.

As for specifications, the Dimensity 800U is built upon the 7nm process which should yield high performance with relatively low power consumption. The SoC has an octa-core CPU with a dual cluster consisting of two Arm Cortex-A76 processors with a clock speed of 2.4GHz and six Arm Cortex-A55 processors with a clock speed of 2.0GHZ, offering incredible performance. Dimensity 800U integrates an Arm Mali-G57 GPU, an independent AI processing unit (APU), and LPDDR4x RAM.

What does that mean for hardware support though? Well, the MediaTek Dimensity 800U includes support for 120Hz FHD+ displays and includes HDR10+ support for enhanced visuals. 64-megapixel camera setups up to quad-camera configurations are also available to smartphones adopting this chipset.

While this is great news, we’re yet to see a smartphone in the global markets even ship with a Dimensity chipset. Early rumors suggested that OnePlus might slap a Dimensity chipset in the Nord. However, that turned out to not be the case. Maybe we’ll see a second-generation OnePlus Nord device come with one of these affordable MediaTek chips — although that remains to be seen.

With that in mind, don’t expect to see a smartphone inside or outside of China with the Dimensity 800U in the near future.

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