Qualcomm recently feuded over who will power the most phones in the United States in Q4 2021, and regardless of who was correct, one thing is clear: MediaTek is making progress, which may be making the larger chip makers worried. They have reason to be concerned, based on Dimensity 9000’s Geekbench 5 results, which were leaked on Twitter by well-known leaker Ice Universe. The Dimensity 9000, announced in November 2021, is MediaTek’s most powerful processor to date. It uses TSMC’s 4nm technology, which offers it an advantage over the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Samsung Exynos 2200, both of which use Samsung’s 4nm process. It also makes advantage of Arm’s v9 architecture.
Alleged Dimensity 9000 Geekbench 5 scores puts it ahead of most rivals – Forget Tensor, Exynos & Snapdragon, Geekbench shows Dimensity 9000 is the true A15 rival. Alleged Dimensity 9000 Geekbench 5 scores puts it ahead of most rivals, For comparison, the Exynos 2200-powered Galaxy S22 Ultra got 1,157 and 3,307 points in the single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. The Google Tensor-fueled Pixel 6 Pro got 1,042 and 2,832 points in the same test.
We have yet to see a phone powered by the Dimensity 9000, but that could change soon, as Oppo’s Find X5 Pro Dimensity Editon will go on sale later this month in China, and Xiaomi has also confirmed that the Redmi K50 Pro Plus will be fueled by the Dimensity 9000. To give us an idea of the chip’s performance, Ice Universe has shared its Geekbench scores. It’s apparently a Xiaomi device, probably the Redmi K50 Pro Plus, and managed to get 1,309 points in the single-core test and 4,546 points in the multi-core test.
The only chip that’s still ahead of the Dimensity 9000 is Apple’s A15 Bionic. The iPhone 13 Pro Max, which sports the chip, hit 1,734 and 4,818 in single and multi-core tests, respectively. Granted, benchmark scores may not necessarily be indicative of real-world performance but they can be a good starting point for a quick comparison. Otherwise, there is also the question of sustained performance and forged benchmarks, but let’s not go there. Earlier leaks had painted a similar picture.
Fortunately for Qualcomm, Dimensity 9000 flagships will not come to the US because the chip doesn’t support mmWave 5G, but the humbler Dimensity 8000, which is a Snapdragon 888 rival, is not restricted to China.
So, based on these raw numbers alone, the Dimensity 9000 may soon become an OEM favorite. It’s also apparently cheaper than Qualcomm’s premium Snapdragon 8 series processors, which are usually the go-to choice for Android vendors. Ice Universe has hinted that Dimensity 9000 phones will cost around $500, which would make them a lot more affordable than most best 2022 Android phones around.
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