Affordable 5G phones with MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC have been announced.

For an affordable 5G smartphone, MediaTek has announced its new Dimensity 1080 mobile AP. The 6 nm SoC has a single 200 MP camera sensor support and two Cortex-A78 cores, six Cortex-A55 cores, and a Mali G68 MPU GPU.

The Dimensity 1080 is a new mid-range SoC for Android devices from MediaTek that is 5G ready. It is a scaled-down version of the MediaTek Dimensity 1050, according to its specification website, designed to power lower-midrange electronics costing about US$300. According to MediaTek, a smartphone with a Dimensity 1080 display will start to appear on store shelves in Q4 2022.

A dual-cluster CPU with two ARM Cortex-A78 cores operating at 2.6 GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores operating at 2.0 GHz is present in the MediaTek Dimensity 1080. It is created utilizing a TSMC N6 production node and an ARM Mali G68 MP4 GPU.

The processor also has MediaTek’s Hyper Engine 3.0 networking engine, which enables customers to use one 5G-enabled SIM for conversations and another for gaming. Additionally supported are two-lane UFS 3.1 storage and LPDDR5 memory.

One 200 MP camera sensor can be supported by the MediaTek Dimensity 1080. Using its ISP, users can record 4K HDR videos in real time. Additionally, FHD+ resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate monitors are supported. While that would seem like the absolute least in 2022, devices running a Dimensity 1080 will probably be more affordable and most likely have a lower-quality panel.

SA/NSA sub-6 GHz 5G networks, 2CC-career aggregation, Wi-Fi 6, and an unidentified Bluetooth version are among the connectivity choices. The Dimensity 1080 also includes MediaTek’s third-generation AI processing unit (APU). Given that the mmWave 5G network is only accessible in a few regions and is often reserved for more expensive devices, the lack of support for the technology is not surprising.

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