I’m anxious and excited about this bonkers, industry-changin…

MediaTek Dimensity 9300 processor in a case.
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Processors, the chips that power our smartphones, can often be overlooked, remembered only by their catchy name. Provided they work, don’t overheat, and offer more power and performance every year, it’s hard to get too excited about them, especially when there’s a lot of magic happening in the background without us even being aware of it.

So, when someone comes along that does something radically different for the crowd, it should make us all sit up and take notice – and that’s exactly what MediaTek has done with the Dimensity 9300.

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Specifications of MediaTek Dimensity 9300 processor.

There’s a problem with talking about processors: They’re exceptionally dull, and you have to be quite nerdy to figure out what makes them special and how innovative some of them can be. This will still be the case with the MediaTek Dimensity 9300 when you delve deeper into it, but you don’t need to be an engineering professor to get the potential impact from the title changes.

It is the world’s first smartphone chip to use an all-big-core design. MediaTek and partner TSMC have designed the 4nm+ Dimensity 9300 differently from their previous flagship chips and different from the approach taken by Qualcomm for Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. The all-big-core design includes an ultra-large ARM Cortex X4 chip running at 3.25GHz, another three ARM Cortex

Until now, the established way of building multi-core processors for smartphones has been with a method ARM calls “Big.Little”, where larger cores take care of the heavy lifting and smaller cores provide power for simpler tasks. This approach improves efficiency when you’re not pressing the phone hard, increasing battery life and lowering temperatures. ARM introduced the concept in 2011, and it has since been adopted by MediaTek, Qualcomm, Samsung, and other chip makers.

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MediaTek is headquartered in Taiwan.
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For the Dimensity 9300, MediaTek has thrown out the rule book. Think of it as if Toyota removed the Prius’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and replaced it with a V12, and then replaced the hybrid electric motor with a V8. If you’re going to do something big, you might as well do something stupid. The method to MediaTek’s apparent madness is that it’s more power efficient to turn on a larger core, complete the task really quickly and as quickly as possible for you, then turn it off again, because it needs to do so. For getting slow core. If Jeremy Clarkson had made a phone chip, it would have been the Dimensity 9300, and he would have been like “More power!” Would rally the engineers by shouting.

According to MediaTek, the changes made with the Dimensity 9300 show an improvement over the Dimensity 9200, which uses the big.small concept of combining big and small cores. Compared to the previous generation, the 9300 has a 15% increase in single-core performance and a 40% increase in multi-core performance. It also says that the chip produces higher performance with better efficiency, reducing power consumption by between 10% to 15% compared to the 9200.

There’s a lot more tech inside the MediaTek Dimensity 9300. For example, it uses the company’s latest ARM Immortalis G720 graphics processing unit (GPU), and features a next-generation AI processor, the APU 720, which is engineered to improve generative AI performance, and has The performance is double. Previous Generation. Although this is all very interesting, its importance and impact on our hardware will not be lost on many people. We don’t always need to know the details, it just works. However, we can all understand MediaTek’s decision to take the big step.

What will it be like?

Poster with MediaTek logo in orange color.
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But what will the Dimensity 9300 be like? This unknown is perhaps even more exciting than the chip itself, just in a slightly different, more disconcerting way. It will be interesting to see what impact this never-before-seen architecture will have on performance, from everyday speed to gaming and the latest AI features. The thing is, it hasn’t been tested in the wild, and it could go either way. The Dimensity 9300 could be the first of a new generation of chips that transform mobile devices and a design that will be copied by other chip makers – or it could even be a bold but ultimately unsuccessful experiment.

What could possibly go wrong? The more powerful the processor, the more heat it will generate, and early rumors about the MediaTek Dimensity 9300 indicate that heat is causing some problems. When asked ahead of the chip’s launch whether the 9300 would require special treatment by manufacturers to keep temperatures under control, MediaTek told that it would not require any special design considerations and would be suitable for long periods of intensive work. Is capable of doing. Issue.

It sounds positive, but the thing is, I don’t really care if it’s a hot mess. I like that it’s different and that MediaTek isn’t doing the same thing over and over again; It’s looking for ways to not only be different, but to advance mobile chips. Discussing processors can be very dull, but the Dimensity 9300 is downright dull, and that applies regardless of whether it’s a huge success or a raging disaster. Of course, I want it to succeed, especially because it could change the way we think about processors in phones.

New, risky, and I can’t wait to try it

MediaTek Dimensity 9300 processor in a case.
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It’s been a long time since the processor broke down like this. Despite MediaTek being the world’s top smartphone chip maker, there is very close competition between it and Qualcomm, with it not yet being able to break into the flagship devices worldwide. It could very easily have continued with the status quo, competing but not innovating, but instead, it chose to take risks and try something new.

It’s ridiculous, and we don’t get to see such confident moves very often. This is the first time in a long time I’ve actually cared about a new smartphone processor, and that’s why I think you should pay attention to it.

The first smartphone with the Dimensity 9300 will be released by the end of the year, and I can’t wait to try it out. Unfortunately, MediaTek’s flagship processors don’t always power phones released in the US, but it has recently worked with OnePlus, Samsung, and Asus, so it’s highly unlikely that the Dimensity 9300 will make its way to Asia in the future. Will be visible outside.

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