Leading chipmakers are announcing processors with high-end and mid-range 5G capabilities.
We saw Qualcomm announce the Snapdragon 690 last month, and now MediaTek has announced the Dimensity 720.
This new 7nm chipset is the first in the Taiwanese brand’s Dimensity 700 series and will target mid-range 5G smartphones.
In terms of 5G-specific capabilities, the Dimensity 720 brings support for SA and NSA networks, as well as sub-6Ghz connectivity. We won’t see mmWave connectivity on this processor yet.
This new 5G connectivity standard tends to consume more power compared to 4G, but the chip maker says it uses its MediaTek 5G UltraSave technology to reduce power consumption.
The Dimensity 720 is equipped with eight CPU cores (2x Cortex-A76 and 6x Cortex-A55) and Mali-G57 MC3 graphics. This means that we have two less high-performance CPUs and fewer GPU cores compared to the Dimensity 800 seen in the Redmi 10X series.
The new processor also offers machine learning capabilities, support for 90Hz FHD + displays, single 64MP cameras, dual 20MP + 16MP cameras, and 4K video recording.
Other notable features include support for HDR10 + content, Wi-Fi 5 (not Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1, LPDDR4X RAM, and UFS 2.2 storage.
The first smartphones with the new chipset should arrive in “the next few months”.