With the arrival of 2020, the war for dominating the 5G sector is being played in every possible field. And the mobile processor manufacturing companies like Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Exynos have also started to enter in the 5G tech. The companies have started providing the 5G capable processors for smartphones. Since the 5G connectivity is new, you might be thinking that it will cost a lot to the consumers, but these tech giants are trying to provide the 5G capabilities in the smartphones as cheap as possible.
As a result, the Snapdragon 765G from Qualcomm, MediaTek Dimensity 1000L, and Exynos 980 from Samsung have emerged in the market. These processors are made to make access to 5G as cheap as possible through smartphones. All these three processors are made for the same purpose and are going to be used in various smartphones. Hence here we are going to compare these three processors against each other and will be clearing all your doubts. So, let’s get started.
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MediaTek Dimensity 1000L vs Snapdragon 765G vs Exynos 980
Starting with the manufacturing process. The MediaTek Dimensity 1000L is built on the 7nm LPP process, which is pretty decent in comparison to the Snapdragon 765G’s 7nm EUV (Extreme Ultraviolet) process, and Exynos 980’s 8nm LPP process. Here, the Snapdragon 765G is dominating with the EUV version of the 7nm node, then the normal 7nm process of the Dimensity 1000L comes and later the Exynos 980.
All the processors have 64bit memory architecture and have Octa-Core design. In Snapdragon 765G, the eight cores are divided into three clusters. The first part consists of one Prime core, based on the ARM Cortex-A76 micro-architecture at 2.4GHz. The second part has the exact same core as the first part did but with a clock speed of 2.2GHz. And the third cluster packs the rest of the six cores, based on ARM Cortex-A55 architecture at 1.8GHz.
In the MediaTek Dimensity 1000L, the eight cores are divided into two clusters. The first cluster has four ARM Cortex-A77 based cores at 2.2GHz for heavy tasks. And the second part has another four cores with ARM Cortex-A55 technology at 2.0GHz for handling regular tasks.
It leaves us to Exynos 980. There are two clusters in total among which the first cluster has two Cortex-A77 cores at 2.2GHz for heavy tasks. And the second cluster has the rest of the six Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8GHz for efficiency tasks.
The Snapdragon 765G has been blessed with the Adreno 620 GPU which is 38% better than its predecessor, Adreno 618. The Dimensity 1000L has the ARM Mali-G77 MC9 GPU which is a nine-core GPU and comes under the ARM’s new G77 series of GPU. Whereas the Exynos 980 has the ARM Mali-G76 MP5 GPU which is the cut-down version of Mali-G76 MP12 GPU with seven fewer cores.
The new Mali-G77 series seems to be a bit more powerful, and due to the use of this GU, Dimensity 1000L has dominated the GPU section. The Adreno 620 GPU comes right after Mali-G77 MC9 GPU, and at the end, the Exynos 980 with Mali-G76 MP5 GPU is the least performing GPU.
The Snapdragon 765G is capable of doing up to 5.4 trillion operations per second (TOPS), thanks to its Hexagon 696 DSP which is well-optimized to work with the CPU and GPU. The MediaTek Dimensity with its new APU3.0 is capable of doing 4.5 trillion operations per second which is a bit lower than Snapdragon 765G but is still impressive.
On the other hand, Exynos 980 has a neural processing unit (NPU) and digital signal processor (DSP) which are responsible for all the AI capabilities. Samsung does not share the exact speed of AI operations and as per our understanding. While Qualcomm and MediaTek are continually improving the AI performances in their affordable range of SoCs. However, Samsung emphasises to provide top-notch AI performance only in flagship SoCs.
Camera And Optics
The Snapdragon 765G has the new Spectra 355 ISP which is the successor of Spectar 350 ISP, used in Snapdragon 730G. This ISP supports up to 22-megapixel dual camera setup or up to 36-megapixel single camera setup typical cases. And with the compromise of ZSL (Zero Shutter Lag) and MFNR (Multi-Frame Noise Reduction) in can go up to 192-megapixel. It can shoot slow-motion videos at 480fps in 720p resolution. The special thing is that, with Spectra 355 ISP, the processor is capable of shooting Bokeh simulated 4K videos in HDR. It also supports both encoding and decoding of HDR10+ content.
The MediaTek Dimensity 1000L features the world’s first 5-core ISP with a “3 big + 2 small” design. This ISP makes the Dimensity 1000L support up to the 80-megapixel single camera or dual camera setup in a max. Combination of 32+16-megapixel. This ISP also has capabilities like 4K HDR video capture, Bokeh videos, etc. but there is no mentioning of HDR10+ encoding and decoding.
On the other hand, the Exynos 980 has an unnamed ISP which Samsung is calling as Advanced Image Signal Processor. This ISP supports up to 108-megapixel single camera or 20-megapixel dual camera setup. It can capture videos at 120fps in 4k resolution but has no default support for HDR10/10+ content and video bokeh.
The ISP of Snapdragon 765G is more capable of a wide variety of photography and videography. However, the five-core ISP with “3 big + 2 little” design is an innovation. It is also capable of providing powerful and efficient image processing, but features like HDR10+ encoding and decoding are still missing. The Exynos 980 stands nowhere in terms of camera and imaging when it comes to innovative design and features. The Exynos 980’s ISP is just underlying and is no special.
Display And Storage
The Snapdragon 765G and Dimensity 1000L both support high framerate display by default. The Snapdragon 765G can have QHD+ (3200 x 1800) display at 60Hz and FHD+ at 120Hz whereas the Dimensity 1000L has support for FullHD+ display at 120Hz and 2K+ at 90Hz. On the other hand, the Exynos 980 supports WQHD+ (3360×1440) display at 60Hz.
All three processors support LPDDR4x type RAM and both UFS 2.1 and eMMC 5.1 type internal storage. So there is only the difference in display resolutions and frame rates. The Dimensity 1000L provides the best combination of display resolution and framerates.
Now, this is an essential section as all three processors are 5G capable and come with integrated 5G modem which also supports the rest of the mobile telephony generations like 2G, 3G, and 4G.
The Snapdragon 765G has been integrated with the new Qualcomm X52 Integrated Modem-RF system. It gives the processor to provide 3.7Gbps of download speed, and 1.7Gbps Upload speed in 5G connectivity and 1.2Gbps download speed and 0.21Gbps upload speed for LTE/4G network connectivity.
The MediaTek Dimensity 1000L can reach 4.7Gbps in download speed and 2.3Gbps in download speed. It also supports 4G connectivity, but the company has not provided the 4G speeds. It also supports Dual 5G SIMs.
Talking about the Exynos 980, it has Shanon Integrated modem. Samsung claims 2.55Gbps of download speed and 1.28Gbps of upload speed in 5G connectivity. 1Gbps of download speed and 0.2Gbps of upload speed through 4G/LTE connectivity is also possible.
Geekbench, AnTuTu Benchmark Scores
The AnTuTu scores for the Snapdragon 765G and Exynos 980 are pretty similar. The scores have come out to be 3,20,822 and 3,26,029, respectively. Whereas the MediaTek Dimensity 1000L has scored a bit higher with a score of 3,37,669. The MediaTek 1000L has the highest AnTuTu score among these three. Meanwhile, Geekbench scores are not yet available.
Final Conclusion – Which One Is Better?
The final AnTuTu scores are saying that the MediaTek Dimensity 1000L is the best performing processor among these three. But benchmarks never tell the whole story. The Cortex-A77 based four cores in Dimensity 1000L are the best in these three and CPU-wise, the MTK 1000L the is a winner. Also, the GPU used in Dimensity is the best in these three. But things like the AI performance, Camera support, Image processing, and a lot more little but practical things are provided better in the Snapdragon 765G.
On the other hand, the Exynos 980 is also a pretty capable processor, and it is commendable that it also uses Cortex-A77 cores, but four A76 cores of Snapdragon 765G or four A77 cores of Dimensity 1000L are better than that. It doesn’t mean that the Exynos 980 is not a processor to be chosen. It is also a very capable mobile SoC. But as of this comparison, it’s not up to the mark. And the MediaTek 1000L is the overall winner of this comparison after defeating Snapdragon 765G with a slight margin.