MediaTek Dimensity 1000 (MT6889) vs Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Kirin 990 5G: which 5G processor is the most powerful?

BySophia Windsor 2019-11-28 7086

As the 5G era is coming, many manufacturers start releasing 5G mobiles phones and processors. After the Snapdragon 855 Plus and Kirin 990 5G, the MediaTek company released a new 5G chip - MediaTek Dimensity 1000 (MT6889), which not only comes with a new name, but has been regarded as the most powerful 5G chip so far. Is the new Dimensity 1000 really better than Snapdragon 855 Plus and Kirin 990 5G? Let’s make a detailed comparison.

MediaTek Dimensity 1000 vs Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Kirin 990 5G 

MediaTek Dimensity 1000 vs Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Kirin 990 5G: specs comparison

 

MediaTek Dimensity 1000

Snapdragon 855 Plus

Kirin 990 5G

CPU

4x Cortex A77 @ 2.6GHz

4x Cortex A55 @ 2.0GHz

Tri-cluster octa-core (1x Kryo 485 @2.96 GHz

 

3x Kryo 485 @2.42 GHz

 

4x Kryo 485 @1.78 GHz)

Tri-cluster octa-core (2 x Cortex-A76 cores @2.86GHz

 

2x Cortex-A76 cores @2.36GHz

 

4x Cortex-A55 cores @1.95GHz)

Process

N7

TSMS 7nm

TSMS 7NM+ EUV

GPU

ARM Mali-G77 MC9 @ ? MHz

Adreno 640, 700MHz

Mali-G76MP16, 700MHz

NPU/APU/AI Proc

APU 3.0 6 cores  (two big cores, three small cores and a single tiny core)

Qualcomm Hexagon 690

2 + 1 Da Vinci (three cores)

Memory

LPDDR4x @ 1866MHz

LPDDR4x @ 2133MHz

LPDDR4X @ 2133MHz

Modem

5G Sub-6

DL = 4600Mbps

200MHz 2CA, 256-QAM,

4x4 MIMO

UL = 2500Mbps

200MHz 2CA, 256-QAM,

2x2 MIMO

 

LTE Category 19 DL

Snapdragon X50 external 5G

D/L speed 2 Gbps

U/L speed 316 Mbps

Integrated Balong 5G

D/L Speed 2.3 Gbps

U/L Speed 1.25 Gbps

Max camera ISP

32+16MP, 80MP

Dual Camera, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps: Up to 22 MP

Single Camera, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps: Up to 48 MP

Single Camera: Up to 192 MP

ISP 5.0

AnTuTu benchmark score

511,363 total points

496,226 total points

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MediaTek Dimensity 1000 vs Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Kirin 990 5G: CPU and GPU

The MediaTek Dimensity 1000 is manufactured in 7nm process and uses an octa-core CPU with dual clusters consisting of 4x Cortex A77 with the clock speed of 2.6GHz and 4x Cortex A55 with the clock speed of 2.0GHz, which is a little different than another two 5G chip, as both Snapdragon 855 Plus and Kirin 990 5G adopt triple clusters.

MediaTek 

The Snapdragon 855 Plus adopts an octa-core CPU with triple clusters formed by 1x Kryo 485 @2.96 GHz, 3x Kryo 485 @2.42 GHz and 4x Kryo 485 @1.78 GHz.

While the Kirin 990 5G chip also boasts octa-core CPU, which contains 2 x Cortex-A76 cores @2.86GHz, 2x Cortex-A76 cores @2.36GHz and 4x Cortex-A55 cores @1.95GHz.

Kirin 990 5G chip  

Through comparison, we can see that the three processors adopt different CPU structures. In addition, the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 uses the latest Cortex A77 cores, while it’s still  Cortex-A76 cores on Kirin 990 5G chip. Compared to the Cortex A76, the Cortex A77 offers significant improvement on device performance.

In terms of GPU, the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 uses the latest Mali-G77 MC9 graphics card, which is more advanced than Mali-G76.   

MediaTek Dimensity 1000 vs Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Kirin 990 5G: 5G capability and download speed

All the three processors come with 5G network support. However, the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 and Kirin 990 5G chip is equipped with integrated 5G modem, while the Snapdragon 855 Plus is equipped with a separate Snapdragon X50 5G modem. Compared to the separate 5G modem solution, the integrated 5G modem in the chip will perform better in phone’s power efficiency.

MediaTek Dimensity 1000 5G chip 

In addition, both MediaTek Dimensity 1000 and Kirin 990 5G support dual-mode NSA and SA 5G network, while the Snapdragon 855 Plus only supports NSA 5G network mode. As we know, the NSA is just a transitional form of 5G network, while the SA is the final 5G solution.      

For download speed, the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 is capable of up to 4.6 Gbps downloads and 2.5 Gbps uploads over 5G frequencies below 6 GHz, which is much faster than Snapdragon 855 Plus and Kirin 990 5G chip.   

MediaTek Dimensity 1000 vs Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Kirin 990 5G: AI performance

The MediaTek Dimensity 1000 also does better than another two processors in AI performance. The MediaTek Dimensity 1000 adopts brand-new APU 3.0 with 6 AI processors (two big cores, three small cores and a single tiny core), which will significantly enhance the AI performance in all aspects of smartphones, such as AI camera, AI assistant, etc.

MediaTek Dimensity 1000 

According to the latest Zurich benchmark test (an authoritative AI performance test), the MediaTek 5G SoC (MediaTek Dimensity 1000) tops the AI performance ranking list with the scores of 56,158 points. While the Kirin 990 5G lags behind the Dimensity 1000 by 3755 points. The Snapdragon 855 Plus is far behind them in AI performance.   

Zurich benchmark test

MediaTek Dimensity 1000 vs Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Kirin 990 5G: AnTuTu benchmark test

The AnTuTu benchmark test platform had officially published the benchmark score of the MediaTek Dimensity 1000. It shows that the total points of the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 reach 511,363, which is higher than the Snapdragon 855 Plus and Kirin 990 5G.    

MediaTek Dimensity 1000 AnTuTu benchmark   

MediaTek Dimensity 1000: other new features

In addition to the above aspects, the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 also comes with many other new features, such as:

● World's First Dual 5G SIM

● World's First SoC Integrated WiFi 6 & Gigabit Class Performance. MediaTek claims it performs 38% faster than Wi-Fi 5 on the Snapdragon 855 and consumes 40% less power.

● Supports the latest Bluetooth 5.1

● More accurate positioning system: supports GPS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS and NavIC

MediaTek Dimensity 1000 features

MediaTek Dimensity 1000 vs Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Kirin 990 5G: which one is more powerful?

It is no doubt that all the three processors are designed for high-end flagship smartphones. As the latest 5G chip, the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 offers the best overall performance, especially in CPU, download speed and AI capabilities.


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