This is the puzzling case of the MediaTek DImensity 6020, a new SoC recently released by MediaTek. Well it is new or is it?
MediaTek are one of the giants of the smartphone industry so when they push out a new chipset, everyone sits up and takes notice. This new chipset has got me thinking…what are MediaTek doing?
The MediaTek Dimensity 6020 is designed to be a lower midrange SoC. Thus it is most likely to find its way into lower midrange devices. These chips are usually designed to be affordable and to keep smartphone prices at a certain range due what they offer.
The key specs for the MediaTek Dimensity 6020 includes:
- Big Cores: 2 ARM Cortex A76 (2.2GHz)
- Small cores: 6 ARM Cortex A55 (2.0GHz)
- GPU: ARM Mali G57 MC2
- Fab: 7nm TSMC
- ISA: ARMv8
- RAM: LPDDR4x
- Storage: UFS 2.2
- ISP: MediaTek Imagiq
- Camera: 64MP maximum support
- Video: 1080p @30fps
- Gaming: HyperEngine 3D Lite
- Display: 2520 x 1080p (90 to 120Hz Refresh rates)
- Modem: 5G (2.77Gbps downlink), 4G LTE (Cat.18), WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.1
The CPU cores and GPU on this SoC shows that it is a typical midrange SoC. It uses 2 A76 cores for it’s heavy tasks, 6 A55 cores for its light tasks and a very underwhelming Mali G57 MC2 GPU for its graphics. These specs however are very capable (AnTuTu v9 – 350,000) and can handle most apps, games and tasks thrown at them. It is also built on a 7nm process so this should ensure that they run rather cool and shouldn’t throttle much. Despite the Dimensity name, this is still a last gen ARMv8 chip.
On the camera side of things, the ISP only supports up to 64MP cameras and can only do 1080p video. It supports 1080p displays with refresh rates of up to 120Hz. For Gaming, there is the HyperEngine 3D, it helps to raise the clock speed during gaming so that the chipset performs and runs games better but that GPU tho… It also has support for LPDDR4x (2133MHz) RAM and UFS 2.2 storage.
For connectivity, there is a 5G capable modem on board with support for all network generations, WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.1.
A cheap clone of the Dimensity 700
So what’s the problem then? The problem is that this SoC is a direct clone of the MediaTek Dimensity 700. This is what got many people puzzled because there does not seem to be an issue with the Dimensity 700, so why make a direct clone? In fact what are the chances that this “new” Dimensity 6020 is not simply a renamed Dimensity 700? This is very rich, considering the fact that the Dimensity 700 itself is a Helio G96 with 5G. It is not beyond MediaTek to do that?
Whatever the answers are, only MediaTek can truly provide them.
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