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I have criticised Mediatek a lot in the past few months with their questionable chipset launches, which seem to be minor tweaks for individual companies, likely as a marketing stunt.

There has still not been a flagship  MediaTek Dimensity 1000 phone launched, even though he chipset was announced back in November.

This is set to change on the 19th of May, with the new MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset, which is almost identical to the last one apart from the fact it supports 144Hz refresh rate displays.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 vs MediaTek Dimensity 1000+

Criticism aside, I am quite excited about the prospect of a flagship phone equipped with the MediaTek Dimensity 1000. This chipset should easily trade blows with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, and it is the only flagship chipset that uses an integrated 5G modem. It is also the only chipset to support the AV1 codec.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865MediaTek Dimensity 1000+
CPU Config1x 2.84GHz (Cortex A77)
3x 2.4GHz (Cortex A77)
4x 1.8GHz (Cortex-A55)
4x 2.6GHz (Cortex A77)
4x 2GHz (Cortex A55)
GPUAdreno 650Mali-G77 MP9
AIHexagon 698
Hexagon Tensor Accelerator
Hexa-core APU
2x heavy cores
3x medium cores
1x light core
Camera support200MP snapshot / 64MP single with Zero Shutter Lag
24MP dual camera
80MP single / 32 and 16MP dual
Video capture8K @ 30fps, 4K UHD @ 120fps, 720p @ 960fps4K UHD @ 60fps
ChargingQuick Charge 4+
Quick Charge AI
Pump Express
ModemX55 5G & RF system
7500 Mbps down
3000 Mbps up
Helio M70 5G
4700 Mbps down
2500 Mbps up


Not too much is known about the phone itself, this is the first Z-series phone from the company. The launch poster showcases the display design of the Z1. It reveals the presence of a round-shaped cutout at the upper-right corner for the selfie snapper.

The poster states that iQOO Z1 is a 5G-ready smartphone and its display carries support for a 144Hz refresh rate. 

While the poster doesn’t mention the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ this has been all but confirmed.

It supports up to 144Hz refresh rate, it is speculated that the same 6.57-inch 144Hz display that is available on the recently unveiled iQOO Neo3 phone.

The iQOO Z1 seems to be equipped with a side-facing fingerprint reader.

A recent leak claims to show live images of the phone, including photos showing the different refresh rates that will be available form the options.

It is believed the phone will have a 44W rapid charger.

iQOO Z1 May 19 launch date

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