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MediaTek ups the ante with the new Dimensity 9300: AI and more power to compete with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

When we talk about MediaTek, we are no longer referring to a company in charge of developing chips for mid- or low-range mobile phones. The Dimensity 9200 that we saw at the end of last year was clear proof of this, and the chipera has decided to up the ante. Today, MediaTek introduced the Dimension 9300a new SoC for premium smartphones that wants to go for the jugular of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.

The Dimensity 9300 arrives with what MediaTek has dubbed an “all big cores” design. This not only promises a significant leap in performance at the CPU and GPU level, but also better capabilities for the artificial intelligence processing unit, especially in tasks linked to generative AI.

The MediaTek Dimensity 9300 CPU, developed using the third generation of TSMC’s 4-nanometer process, comes with 8 cores. Four of them are Cortex-X4 latest generation 3.25 GHz, while the remaining four are Cortex-A720 2.0 GHz. The manufacturer’s intention is to maximize the performance of the processor without compromising energy efficiency.

What’s more, MediaTek claims that the Dimensity 9300 consumes 33% less power than the Dimensity 9200while delivering a 15% increase in performance single-core and up to 40% increase in multi-core performance. A real outrage.

But it doesn’t fall short in the graphic section either. For the Dimensity 9300, MediaTek has chosen the latest from ARM in terms of GPUs: the Immortalis-G720. According to the manufacturer, the graphics card offers 46% more performance compared to the Inmortalis-G715 of the Dimensity 9200, with the same power consumption. Likewise, they claim that they have been able to reduce energy consumption by up to 40%, when the performance of the new GPU is equal to that of its predecessor.

It is worth mentioning that MediaTek wants to position the new Dimensity 9300 as a true beast of the gaming on mobiles. The thing is that, in addition to a noticeable jump in performance and lower battery consumption, the chipset once again offers support for ray tracing. This is something we had already seen in the Dimensity 9200; However, the manufacturer now incorporates indirect lighting effects at 60 frames per second. As such, the promise of console-level graphics is not to be taken lightly.

In terms of artificial intelligence, the MediaTek Dimensity 9300 boasts the new APU 790. The AI ​​processor improves its performance compared to last year’s SoC, consuming up to 45% less power.

Like Qualcomm with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, this new chip aims make the most of the capabilities of artificial intelligence applied to mobile devices. This implies, on the one hand, its implementation in the photo and video capture section. Thus, users will be able to record in 4K at 30 frames in cinematic mode, with professional results thanks to the real-time detection of the subject or object in the foreground, to automatically blur the background.

On the other hand, AI will be applied to the processing of photos and videos in RAW, and to reduce noise in materials captured in 4K. While mobile phones with the MediaTek Dimensity 9300 will also be able to take advantage of the new Ultra HDR format that Google presented this year with Android 14.

Running massive language models

The 790 APU of the MediaTek Dimensity 9300 brings with it several tricks linked to generative AI. The processor allows local execution of massive language models such as LLaMA 2, from Meta, and Ernie 3.5, from Baidu, among others. Native support is for LLMs from 1 billion to 13 billion parameters, with the ability to scale to 33 billion parameters.

Additionally, the new chipset can generate images in Stable Diffusion in just one second. This statement from MediaTek is very similar to the one Qualcomm made during the presentation of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.

But the Dimensity 9300 promises much more than a jump in power and more AI options. What’s new from MediaTek is optimized for LPDDR5T memories at 9,600 Mbps, UFS 4.0 storage units and screens with higher refresh rates. Specifically, supports WQHD panels at 180 Hz and 4K at 120 Hz. It will also allow the use of cameras with a sensor of up to 320 megapixels.

In the connectivity section, meanwhile, the MediaTek Dimensity 9300 brings support for WiFi 7 with speeds of up to 6.5 Gbps and 5G networks. The first phones with this new SoC They will arrive before the end of the yearalthough it has not been specified which brands will be the first to adopt it.

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