MediaTek and Qualcomm announced their flagship processors for 5G smartphones around the same time, towards the end of last year. With the turn of the new year, flagship smartphones across the board have started rolling out with either of the two SoCs. However, this is only the beginning as we will be seeing more smartphones with these chipsets as the year progresses. In this article, we compare the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and MediaTek Dimensity 9200 and see how the two fare against each other.
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Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: Cortex X3 (1 core) – 3.2 GHz, Cortex A715 (4 cores) – 2.8 GHz, Cortex A510 (3 cores) – 2 GHz
MediaTek Dimensity 9200: Cortex X3 (1 core) – 3.2 GHz, Cortex A715 (3 cores) – 2.8 GHz, Cortex A510 (4 cores) – 2 GHz
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: 3200 MHz
MediaTek Dimensity 9200: 3050 MHz
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: 4nm
MediaTek Dimensity 9200: 4nm
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: Adreno 740
MediaTek Dimensity 9200: Mali -G715
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: 1483
MediaTek Dimensity 9200: 1427
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: 4709
MediaTek Dimensity 9200: 4461
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: 1293410
MediaTek Dimensity 9200: 1266102
Camera and Video support
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: 108MP single shot, 108MP single with zero shutter lag, Multi-frame noise reduction
MediaTek Dimensity 9200: 320MP single shot, 108MP single with zero shutter lag, AI noise reduction
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: 8K @ 30fps (HDR), 4K UHD @ 120fps, 720p @ 960fps
MediaTek Dimensity 9200: 8K @ 30fps, 4K UHD @ 60fps
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: X70 LTE/5G, Bluetooth 5.3, WiFi 7
MediaTek Dimensity 9200: M80 LTE/5G, Bluetooth 5.3, WiFi 7
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The ultimate question boils down to which SoC is better. While Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 may have the MediaTek Dimensity 9200 in benchmark tests, they may not always be reflective of the chipset’s performance. Apart from the specs listed above, both SoCs are bringing AI innovations to their hardware. Qualcomm introduced the Hexagon Digital Signal Processor on the S8G2, which will be crucial in increasing the power efficiency of the SoC. With INT4 machine learning support, MediaTek will also be clocking faster speeds and increasing efficiency on the Dimensity 9200.
When it comes to camera support, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is the clear winner here. With 8K HDR support for video recording, there is no match for this processor. The SoC is also equipped to recognise objects in real-time, which leads to better composition in the results.
Another big factor in the popularity of these two SoCs will be their availability in flagship devices. So far, manufacturers have favoured Snapdragon to power their flagship products, but that may change in the future. We would even have better stats related to battery performance as more smartphones start rolling out with these SoCs.
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