Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
MediaTek quietly released a series of “”””new”””” chipsets. Gee, we wonder why. Oh right, that’s because these supposed “”””new”””” chipsets already exist. For example, the Dimensity 7050 that would power the Realme 11 series is just the Dimensity 1080 again with no difference in its spec sheet and probably even performance. In other words, Realme is recycling the same chipset for two generations now.
Also, the Dimensity 6020 that was first announced on Realme’s forums? We were bamboozled, it’s actually just the Dimensity 700 under a new identity. We thought we ran into a replacement there.
MediaTek justified these rebrandings to further streamline their chipsets and make it easier for consumers to tell which one is which. This is a move that was done by Qualcomm as well by slashing the hundreds series to just “Snapdragon [Series number] Gen [generational number]”
This rebranding will sound confusing at first but it’s actually much more streamlined now. For instance, the Dimensity 810 is now called the “Dimensity 6080” which highlights the fact that it is the next chipset after the Dimensity 700, Meanwhile, the Dimensity 930 is now called the “Dimensity 7020” and the Dimensity 1080 is now “Dimensity 7050” and “Dimensity 8020” respectively (which just sounds more confusing to be honest).
To reiterate, the Dimensity 1080 (or 7050 now) is manufactured via a 6nm TSMC process and features two Cortex-A78 main cores with 2.6GHz clock speeds and six Cortex-A55 efficiency cores at 2GHz. It uses the Mali-G68 MC4 GPU. The chipset was announced in November last year. The “”””new”””” chipset will debut first on the Lava Agni 2 5G in India, days before the Realme 11 Pro+ 5G launches.
By the way, this rebranding phase does not affect its flagship 8000 and 9000 lines.
So, why is this happening? Well, this can be attributed to the on-going chipset shortage which occurred during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Huawei’s disappearance in the smartphone chipset market may also have contributed to this recycling of chipsets. Honestly, this makes MediaTek more green than other chipset makers so good on them.
This isn’t the first time this happened. The MediaTek G-series, for the most part, is recycled from the P-series but may have some slight changes to the clock speed. Even the G88 is just the G85 again but with slightly higher clocks.
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