MediaTek presents yet another chip in just a few days: it's designed to give the best on mid-range tablets, but it has many first-class aspects
This is a period of great activity and also of great satisfaction for MediaTek. The Taiwanese company, after a period in mute, has come back to the fore not only on the western markets where it is making itself appreciated with valid products (such as the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 AI of OnePlus Nord 2), but more generally on the world scene.
It's no coincidence that recently the company has established itself as the first producer in the world of chips for consumer technology, occupying what seemed to remain for a long time a position in the hands of Qualcomm. To maintain the leadership, MediaTek has launched in recent hours a new mid-range chip dedicated to tablets. On the subject there has been a bit of confusion: part of the press wrote that it would also be intended to equip Chromebooks, but it was a misunderstanding. The new Kompanio 900T is designed to perform at its best on tablets and not on Chromebooks, to which MediaTek has destined special chips.
MediaTek Kompanio 900T, features
The Kompanio 900T is a mid-range chip, but this has not prevented MediaTek to realize it on the basis of a very advanced production process at 6 nanometers that involves the expert foundries of TSMC. The GPU is an ARM Mali-G68 MC4 that is flanked by an APU (third generation) developed by MediaTek to better perform tasks that require artificial intelligence.
The CPU has octa core architecture: the top cluster is composed of two Cortex-A78 cores with a maximum operating frequency of 2.4 GHz, which are entrusted with workloads that require power, while the second cluster is composed of 6 Cortex-A55 cores that instead deal with those operations that can be handled with less power and on which, therefore, it is possible to save power to safeguard the autonomy.
MediaTek's Kompanio 900T can be equipped with LPDDR4x RAM or, for products that require better performance, LPDDR5 RAM, while the supported storage is UFS 2.2 or the more advanced (and expensive) UFS 3.1. MediaTek's new chip can adequately support screens up to Quad HD+ resolution with dynamic refresh rates that can reach 120 Hz peak, thanks to MediaTek Adaptive Sync and MiraVision HDR technologies that provide plenty of support for the chip. On the subject of multimedia, we can't fail to mention support for cameras up to 108 megapixels with video up to 4K at 30 frames per second, more than enough for the average tablet's needs.
There is practically nothing missing in terms of connectivity, which is crucial in a historical period of strong expansion for 5G infrastructure, and where the chips are required to be as ready as possible for future challenges: there is support for 2G networks up to 5G in Multi-Mode, 5G Carrier Aggregation (2CC FDD/TDD) and Dual 5G SIM (5G SA + 5G SA), as well as Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2.
Kompanio 900T, when it arrives
MediaTek has not yet announced when the new Kompanio 900T will arrive, but it may do so soon in light of the few days between the announcement of the Kompanio 1300T and its first application on the Honor Tab V7 Pro tablet.