In addition to excellent performance, the Skye 820 also performs well in 5G. 2020 is widely regarded as a year when 5G is beginning to become popular, not just for mobile phone manufacturers, but also for all relevant companies upstream and downstream of the industrial chain, a very important time node. In this round of new technology change, seize the opportunity of the “people” is likely to achieve “bend overtaking”, on the contrary, some brands will be out of the historical stage.
For now, at least, MediaTek belongs to the former. After 2020, they’ve significantly accelerated the pace of product updates, and following the official launch of the new generation of flagship 5G chip Tianyi 1000Plus on May 12, they now bring mid- to high-end positioning of the Tianyi 820 5G chip, let’s learn.
The strongest in the middle? For the Tianyi 820, the official slogan “The comprehensive performance is the strongest of its class” was carried out at the launch.
Like the recently released Sky1000Plus, the TSMC 820 is also made with TSMC 7nm, with a CPU design edifyed by the “4 plus 4” architecture, including four Cortex-A76 cores with a main frequency of 2.6GHz and four Cortex-A55 energy-efficient cores with a main frequency of 2.0GHz, and the Mali G57MC5 GPU.
According to official data, the multicore performance of the Tianyi 820 is about 37% higher than the SnapDragon 765G. Also with its stand-alone AI processor, APU3.0, its Zurich AI runners are significantly ahead of the SnapDragon 765G (approximately 3x).
Before the launch, we pre-empted the Redmi 10X, which will start with The Sky820, and tested it using two softwares, The Rabbit Rabbit and Geekbench 5, and the results show that the An Rabbit Run score of Tianyi 820 is 408529 points, The Geekbench 5 single core score is 641 points, and the multi-core score is 2538.
Subsequently, The Rabbit official also released the latest Android mobile phone SoC performance ladder, horizontal comparison, it and Kirin 985 in the same gear, ahead of Qualcomm 845, Kirin 820 and Qualcomm 765G chip, in terms of running points alone, Tianyi 820 is the current mid-range 5G SoC in the most powerful one, this joint development department is still not disappointing.
In addition to performance, the Tianyi 820 has also done more targeted upgrades in other areas.
5G-related, it supports both NSA and SA networking, 5G plus 5G dual-card dual-wait, and 5G dual-carrier aggregation. The issue of dual-mode 5G was much discussed last year, but as several chipmakers launched a new generation of 5G basebands, the controversy that has largely stopped after 2020, here’s simply the next 5G dual carrier aggregation.
In theory, 5G phones that support single carrier can only access one 5G band, while 5G phones that support dual carrier aggregation can be connected to both 5G bands at the same time, with the direct benefit of being able to guarantee the connectivity stability of the 5G network by switching the band, and providing faster upstream/download speeds for the phone than a single-carrier 5G phone.
It’s worth noting that MediaTek introduced MediaTek 5G UltraSave power saving technology to the SkyTech 820 for the difficulty of controlling power consumption in the 5G era, which officially says can reduce 5G power consumption by up to 50%. Of course, specific to each mobile phone this number or there is a difference, or to see the specific adjustment of each manufacturer.
In addition to the above, one of the big upgrade points of the Tianyi 820 is the addition of support for high refresh rate screens with the MediaTek MiraVision picture engine, but it is important to note that it only supports 120Hz, while the Tianyu 1000Plus, released a few days earlier, supports 144Hz, which sets the tone for the next mid-range 5G phone.
Can this be done?
Every time MediaTek releases a new chip platform, it attracts a lot of attention, but the reality is that MediaTek’s installed capacity has not been ideal over the past two years relative to its main rivals Qualcomm and Hythe. Take the Tianyi 1000, released last November, for example, and despite the high clamour, they have not been able to land on the product end.
“MTK Yes” ends with an exclamation point or a question mark, determined by a number of factors. In this matter we can see from two large dimensions, one is its own hard strength, but also can not be separated from the support of the environment.
In terms of hard power, the previous part also mentioned, whether it is the official data published or our measured running score, Tianyi 820 in the competition with the current crowd of mid-range 5G chip has a certain advantage, in other words, the chip for 5G terminal products without any problems, which can also dispel some mobile phone manufacturers for performance concerns.
Performance is important when evaluating whether a chip is good enough, but it’s clearly not all of it. When brand power relative to other competitors in the lower wind want to catch up with or surpass, often the market environment is also an important factor that can not be ignored. For MediaTek, this is a good opportunity.
Friends who know the mobile phone industry should know that, aside from the sky-high 820, which has not yet officially landed, there are probably three mainstream mid-range 5G chips on the market, namely SnapDragon 765G, Kirin 820, and the Exynos 980 jointly developed by Samsung and Vivo, of which the Kirin 820 is only used by Huawei, while Exynos 980 is used.
In some ways, the only 5G midrange chip available to other handset makers is the SnapDragon 765G. But based on our previous test data, the actual performance of the SnapDragon 765G has not been satisfactory, creating a performance “vacuum” between the 8-series flagship SnapSnapdragon 865, which is still difficult to fill despite the recent introduction of the SnapDragon 768G to the market.
This also leaves enough room for MediaTek Tianqi 820 (as well as the Kirin 820), and its arrival not only provides a good option for manufacturers to improve the performance of mid-range 5G phones, but also makes it relatively easy for MediaTek to cut into the 5G market, so it is said that this time the “hair brother” pinch point is very precise.
In addition to their good hard strength performance and competitors to leave the market “blank”, this year MediaTek in the market strategy of the changes are actually also obvious, from the joint iQOO debut day 1000 plus to once again hand in hand with Redmi to bring Tianyi 820 to market, and with the plant to carry out in-depth cooperation means that Tianyi’s installed capacity will be guaranteed to some extent.
Obviously, the installed capacity for chip manufacturers is the premise of everything, paper data again strong after all need to land to the product end to do verification, only have enough installed capacity, to have the opportunity to obtain manufacturers and market recognition, in order to achieve a virtuous circle.
Overall, 2020 is a year of great opportunity for MediaTek to make a breakthrough, both in terms of its own technical level and external market environment, and after the disappointments of the past few years, the probability is “going to come true”.
The popularity of 5G needs to be done together
We also mentioned at the beginning of the article that this year is a year when 5G is in the reach of the world, but it is clearly not easy to speed up the process and requires more manufacturers to do so. From the point of view of industry development, MediaTek’s return to the big stage will undoubtedly be the speed of driving 5G mobile phones towards popularization.
As for the future mediaTek market performance or time to verify, but for mobile phone manufacturers and you and i ordinary consumers, this once in the 4G era has achieved a good record of chip manufacturers can re-emerge, in any case is not a bad thing, after all, the industry’s progress can not be separated from competition.