In the blink of an eye, we’ve already reached 2024 in the smartphone market. Both brands and consumers alike are gearing up for fresh upgrades and innovation, which also means users need to rethink their options when it comes time to switch phones.
However, one element that’s here for the long haul is that of core specifications. These usually undergo yearly iterations, with each iteration typically being in use for a full year.
However, given the fiercely competitive nature of the present Android phone market, each iteration invariably brings about strong market performance.
This is no different for the latest Android flagship performance rankings for December, wherein Dimensity 9300 is the runner up, and Dimensity 8300 took the top spot—quite an incredible feat.
Reflecting on the flagship performance rankings, a considerable number of models made the list. The top few slots are occupied by new entrants to the market, such as OnePlus 12, Vivo X100, iQOO Neo9 Pro, etc.
These newcomers all sport impressive performances, almost all equipped with LPDDR5X RAM, UFS 4.0 flash memory, creating a solid performance tripod.
For consumers who are keen on high-performance devices, the new chips to consider would mainly be the Snapdragon 8 Gen3 and Dimensity 9300 processors.
After all, in terms of performance and structure, these two chips are currently on par. This subsequently leads to quite some intriguing choices.
Speaking of the Dimensity 9300 processor, despite being second in line, the chip is a force to be reckoned with. It features a “4+4” core architecture of 4 x X4 high-performance cores + 4 x A720 dominant cores, making it quite formidable. The most direct measure of this is its AnTuTu benchmark score reaching 2.33 million points, albeit production models won’t maintain such aggressive scores.
Notably, the Dimensity 9300 processor has also made a push in the AI department. Through memory optimization techniques, it supports large AI models with a maximum of 33 billion parameters.
The robust AI performance of Dimensity chips makes them adaptable for generative AI scenarios, meeting various edge AI requirements, demonstrating strong capabilities.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen3 processor isn’t a slouch either. It boasts a 30% performance increment compared to its predecessor, a 20% boost in energy efficiency, and provides a 25% uplift in GPU performance and a 20% boost in power efficiency.
Moreover, the Adreno 750 GPU supports hardware ray tracing and 240 FPS gaming, enhancing its appealing aspects even further.
Despite the lack of significant progress in chip fabrication technology, performance, power efficiency, and peripheral feature comprehensiveness all enjoy vast improvements over their predecessors by re-architecturing and stacking bigger cores in this flagship platform.
Hence, be it Dimensity 9300 or Snapdragon 8 Gen3, both can satisfy user needs. When it comes to rankings, it’s enough just to keep an eye on them.
Next up is the secondary flagship rankings, where the number of new models is fewer. Apart from the Redmi K70E topping the list, the remaining are mostly Snapdragon 7+ Gen2 models.
However, as the Snapdragon 7+ Gen2 processor is no longer in production, there shouldn’t be new models deploying it. Therefore, MediaTek undoubtedly hold a solid standing in the mid-range market.
Dimensity 8300-Ultra and Dimensity 8300 are virtually similar. Possibly, once models featuring the Dimensity 8300 appear, they can effectively overshadow the Snapdragon 7+ Gen2 models.
For those who prefer mid-range devices but have high-performance requirements, the upcoming Dimensity 8300 series may perfectly meet their needs.
Moreover, the prowess of the Dimensity 8300-Ultra processor is impressive. Employing the TSMC 4nm process, it consists of 4 x A715 primary cores and 4 x A510 medium cores, achieving a peak frequency of 3.35GHz.
Compared to the Dimensity 8200, Dimensity 8300 Ultra’s CPU performance has increased by 20%, and its GPU performance has improved by 60%. Besides, it supports the LPDDR5X + UFS4.0 combination.
Considering this, MediaTek processors are indeed dynamically active in their chipset performances. If they can continue this momentum, it doesn’t need much speculation to see where it is heading.
Worth noting is that if Qualcomm’s Snapdragon remains lackadaisical in its efforts in the mid-range and budget markets, it may face significant challenges.
In conclusion, the duel between the Qualcomm Snapdragon and MediaTek Dimensity series will persist for a while, and it’s hard to definitively declare a winner.
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