Around this time last year a Dimensity-powered phone posted the first 1 million points result on AnTuTu. That was the then-new Dimensity 9000 chip and now its successor is on the horizon, which is tentatively known as the Dimensity 9200.
With a total score of 1.26 million, the new chip promises a fairly impressive 26% generational improvement. MediaTek did announce a mid-season upgrade to the old chip, the Dimensity 9000+, which promised a 5% boost in CPU and 10% in GPU performance. In practice, the Plus chip scores the 1.13 million points, so even compared to that one the new results look pretty good.
But also look kind of weird – the point breakdown shows that the CPU score is on par with what the 9000 chips get. And if you look at the temperature graph, it seems that this chipset was not pushed very hard (or this is a dev board with good cooling).
According to Digital Chat Station (who shared this screenshot), the Dimensity 9200 features a Cortex-X3 CPU core, up from an X2, so we would have expected a higher CPU score. Again, we don’t know what kind of device ran the benchmark, so it’s too early to draw conclusions.
The GPU score does live up to expectations, however. At 550K it is well above what the 9000+ chip achieves in devices like the Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate (the best-performing phone in September), which gets around 430K.
DCS says that MediaTek is using ARM’s latest Immortalis-G715, its most powerful GPU, but also its first that has hardware support for ray tracing. The G715 is promising a 15% performance uplift in graphics rendering over the G710 that was used in the old chip (and a 300% boost when ray tracing is involved).
We don’t know what kind of device ran the benchmark nor what settings were used. But this result suggests that the Dimensity 9200 will be a worthy successor to the 9000(+), which was used on some flagships as an alternative to the Snapdragon 8(+) Gen 1.
We haven’t heard anything concrete, but the Dimensity 9200 may be officially unveiled in the next few weeks – the 9000 was announced in mid-November. Perhaps the launch will be intentionally timed before or after Qualcomm’s announcement.