What you need to know
- MediaTek has announced a new 5G chip for mid-tier smartphones.
- Built on TSMC's 7nm process, the new Dimensity 720 has an 8-core configuration with two ARM Cortex-A76 "Big" cores running at 2GHz.
- Similar to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 690, the MediaTek Dimensity 720 is designed for global sub-6GHz 5G networks.
Dr. Yenchi Lee, Deputy General Manager, Wireless Communication Business Unit, MediaTek, said in a statement:
The Dimensity 720 has an eight-core configuration with two "Big" ARM Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2GHz and six ARM Cortex-A55 cores running at 2 GHz. It includes an ARM Mali-G57 MC3 GPU, which supports up to 4K @30fps video encoding and playback. The chipset also offers support for FHD+ displays with a 90Hz refresh rate, 64MP single or 20MP + 16MP dual rear cameras, UFS 2.2 storage, and 12GB of LPDDR4x RAM.
Just like the company's flagship Dimensity 1000 chipset, the new Dimensity 720 is built on a 7nm process. MediaTek claims the new chip is integrated with the most power-efficient 5G modem in its class, featuring 5G UltraSave technology to help extend battery life.
In terms of connectivity, the chipset offers support for both SA and NSA sub-6GHz networks with peak download speeds of 2.3Gbps. Since the chipset is aimed at affordable Android phones, it isn't surprising that the Dimensity 720 lacks mmWave 5G support.
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