A Detailed Comparison of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and the Dimensity 9000 (2021)
We compared the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Dimensity 9000, taking into account all relevant factors. This comparison covers everything from the CPU and GPU to the modem.
Specifications of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and the Dimensity 9000.
|Snapdragon 8 Gen 1||Dimensity 9000|
|CPU||Kryo CPU, Octa-core CPU||Octa-core CPU|
|CPU Cores||1x 3.0GHz (Cortex-X2)
3x 2.5GHz (Cortex A710)
4x 1.8GHz (Cortex A510)
|1x 3.05GHz (Cortex-X2)
3x 2.85GHz (Cortex A710)
4x 1.8GHz (Cortex A510)
|Process Technology||Samsung’s 4nm||TSMC’s 4nm|
|GPU||Adreno GPU; Snapdragon Elite Gaming||Arm Mali-G710 MC10|
|Machine Learning and AI||7th-gen AI Engine; 3rd Gen Sensing Hub||5th-gen AI processing unit (APU)|
|ISP||18-Bit ISP; Snapdragon Sight||18-Bit HDR ISP|
|Camera Capability||3.2 Gigapixels / second, 240 12Mega Pixel photos in one second||9 Gigapixels / second, 320Mega Pixel camera support|
|Video Capability||8K HDR, 18-bit RAW, Dedicated Bokeh Engine||4K HDR in all 3 cameras|
|Modem||5G Modem-RF, Up to 10 Giga bytes ps Peak Download||5G Modem, Only sub-6GHz band support, Up to 7 Giga bytes ps Peak Download|
|WiFi Support||Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E||Wi-Fi 6E|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.2, LE||Bluetooth 5.3, LE|
From the architecture to the core selection, there are many similarities between the two processors. Both processors are constructed using 4nm process technology. However, the TSMC production method was employed in the Dimensity 9000, but the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is based on Samsung’s 4nm foundry. Furthermore, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Dimensity 9000 are built on ARM’s new Armv9 architecture, which promises greater speed, power efficiency, and security.
In terms of GPUs, Qualcomm is recognized for customizing the Adreno GPU, whereas MediaTek relies on ARM’s Mali GPU. According to Qualcomm, the GPU on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 delivers 30 percent faster performance while drawing 25 percent less power than its predecessor. Dimensity 9000’s Arm Mali-G710 GPU, on the other hand, boasts a 20% performance gain over its predecessor, possibly alluding to the Mali-G77 GPU.
Artificial Intelligence and machine learning.
Qualcomm has been the market leader in AI and machine learning capabilities for Android smartphones. Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1’s 7th-generation AI engine is four times more powerful than last year’s Snapdragon 888 while being 1.7x more power-efficient. The Dimensity 9000’s 5th-generation AI processing unit (APU) is four times more energy-efficient than its predecessor. In terms of performance, MediaTek claims that the AI performance is 50% to 90% faster than last year’s Snapdragon 888.