With all the chipsets for 2020 now announced, it looks like 5G is quickly going to gain traction. Almost all the chipsets from the upper mid-range through to flagship will be 5G only, and companies such as Realme will only launch 5G phones (in China) moving forward.

This year we saw a strong focus on gaming orientated mid-range chipsets with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G and the Mediatek Helio G90T, this looks set to continue with the Snapdragon 765G and the MT6885 or Dimensity 1000L as it is rumoured to be called.

Phones featuring the chipsets

OPPO Reno3

Multiple leaks have indicated that OPPO will be launching the Reno3 with the MediaTek Dimensity 1000L 5G and then OPPO has already confirmed the Reno3 Pro will feature the Snapdragon 765G processor. If this is true it is a little strange as both chipsets target the same market segment.

The leak came from a page on the OPPO website itself, so it does seem to be accurate.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G vs Mediatek Dimensity 1000L MT6885 vs Samsung Exynos 980 Antutu Benchmarks - Which mid-range 5G chipset has the best performance? 1

The Reno3 (PDCT00 and PDCM00) has been issued its TENAA license. The phone has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a 2400 x 1080 resolution.

The MediaTek Dimensity 1000L is paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of non-expandable storage. There is a quad-camera with 64MP sensor and it also has an 8MP ultrawide angle camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. The phone will launch on the 26 of December in China.

Xiaomi Redmi K30

The Xiaomi Redmi K30 has already been announced and it is the first to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. The phone will come with a 6.67-inch IPS LCD Full HD+ second-generation punch-hole display which will house dual camera sensors.

On the rear is a quad-camera setup on the back, it will have a 64MP Sony IMX686 lens + 8MP (telephoto) lens + 13MP (ultra-wide) lens and 2MP lens.

The company has also confirmed 4,500mAh battery and 30W fast charging support.

Vivo X30

The Vivo X30 is the first phone to feature the Samsung Exynos 980 and launches officially today (16th Dec) in China. The phone will feature a 6.5″ AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It will come with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, and pack a 4,500 mAh battery with 22.5W or 30W fast charging.

For photography, the Vivo X30 will sport a 32MP camera on the front, and the back will house a quad camera setup (64MP+13MP+8MP+2MP).

Snapdragon 765G vs Dimensity 1000L MT6885 vs Samsung Exynos 980 Specification

We don't officially know the specs of the Dimensity 1000L MT6885Z, however, two imaged have been leaked which claims to show the specification of it.

If the images are true, the specification is much higher than you would expect for a mid-range chipset. It indicates 8-cores with a 4×4 design with 4 small cores using the ARM Cortex-A55 at 2Ghz and then another 4 cores using an unknown ARM processor running at 2.2Ghz. It is believed these maybe the Arm Coretex A77, so the same as the full fat Dimensity 1000 just clocked less. Furthermore, the leaked benchmarks reveal it has Mali-G77, again, the same tech as the flagship chipset, but presumably lower clocked and/or fewer cores.

Personally, I would be surprised to see the Mediatek launch with 4xA77 cores. I would have thought 2xA77 and 6xA55.

Qualcomm continues to use the Coretex A76 based Kryo 475 CPUs but they have bumped up the GPU to the Adreno 620.

Samsung has switched to the new Cortex-A77 cores, but retains the older Mali G76 GPU.

 Exynos 880
Exynos 980
Snapdragon 765GMediatek Dimensity 800Mediatek Dimensity 1000L
Manufacturing Process8nm LPP
8nm LPP
Samsung
7nm EUV (7LPP)
7nm7nm
CPU2x Cortex-A77 @ 2.2GHz
6x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz
2x Cortex-A77 @ 2.2GHz
6x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz
1x Kryo 475 Prime (CA76)
@ 2.3GHz (non-G)
@ 2.4GHz (765G)
1x Kryo 475 Gold (CA76)
@ 2.2GHz
6x Kryo 475 Silver (CA55)
@ 1.8GHz
4x Cortex A76 @ 2.6GHz
4x Cortex A55 @ 2.0GHz
4x Cortex-A77 @
@ 2.2GHz

4x Cortex-A55 @ 2.0GHz
GPUMali G76 MP5
Mali G76 MP5
Adreno 620
Arm Mali-G57 MC4Mali-G77 GPU
RAMLPDDR4x 2133MHzLPDDR4x 2133MHz2x 16-bit CH

@ 2133MHz LPDDR4X / 17.0GB/s
LPDDR4x 2133MHzLPDDR4x 2133MHz
ModemShannon Integrated 5G
(LTE Category 16/18)
DL = 1000 Mbps
5x20MHz CA, 256-QAM
UL = 200 Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

(5G NR Sub-6)
DL = 2550 Mbps
UL = 1280 Mbps

Shannon Integrated 5G
(LTE Category 16/18)
DL = 1000 Mbps
5x20MHz CA, 256-QAM
UL = 200 Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

(5G NR Sub-6)
DL = 2550 Mbps
UL = 1280 Mbps

Snapdragon X52 Integrated

(LTE Category 24/22)
DL = 1200 Mbps
4x20MHz CA, 256-QAM
UL = 210 Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

(5G NR Sub-6 4x4 100MHz
+ mmWave 2x2 400MHz)
DL = 3700 Mbps
UL = 1600 Mbps
Mediatek M70Mediatek M70
AIIntegratedIntegratedHexagon 696
HVX + Tensor

5.4TOPS AI
(Total CPU+GPU+HVX+Tensor)
IntegratedIntegrated

Antutu Benchmarks

Each phone has had Antutu benchmarks leaked, these will be pre-release phones so not 100% accurate, and that also assumes the images are real.

 Kirin 820Snapdragon 765GExynos 980Dimensity 1000L
Total375270302847326029379839
CPU13008098651116836143075
GPU1165168756488459107282
MEM66886579855759875354
UX61788586476313654128

Based on the claimed specification, the results are perhaps not too surprising. What is very surprising is that Mediatek has gone from having no presence in the mid to high-end market to being one of the best options in terms of raw performance. In this case, the Mediatek Dimensity 1000L MT6885Z totally dominates the other options.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G vs Mediatek Dimensity 1000L MT6885 vs Samsung Exynos 980 Antutu Benchmarks - Which mid-range 5G chipset has the best performance? 4

Overall

It is early days yet, we can't be 100% sure about all the specs, and synthetic benchmark performance isn't the be-all and end-all. I personally find raw performance less important that battery and camera performance on a phone nowadays, I can't think of any recent phone I have owned where the CPU/GPU performance has annoyed me.

That being said, it looks like a promising year for Mediatek. The Helio G90T turned out to be a superb chipset, but only one company has used it so far, which is quite disappointing really. While Mediatek may have some of the best chipset options for 2020, it is not much use if only a handful of phones use them.