Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 or Mediatek Dimensity 9000+? Who wins at the high end? In this comparison we know which processor is the most advanced.
Qualcomm and MediaTek work on all ranges of Android phones, although what interests us in this guide is their work on the high end. Currently, the kings of the upper segment of the market are the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and the MediaTek Dimensity 9000+, but which one is better? That is the question we want to answer in a in-depth comparison between both processors in which we will deal aspects such as characteristics, performance or temperature.
The work has been done by our colleagues from Urban Tecno in the form of an excellent video explaining all the differences between the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and the Mediatek Dimensity 9000+. The protagonists of the comparison are the asus zenfone 9with Qualcomm brain, and the ASUS ROG Phone 6D, with MediaTek chip. If you want to know all the information, you can watch the following video or read the comparison in text.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and the MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ are processors designed to compete head-to-head in the high-end Android range. For one thing, the Qualcomm chip is built in 4 nanometers with a peak power of 3.2 GHz, that is, 10% more performance than the previous generation. That speed is reached in the Cortex-X2 core, also counting on 3 Cortex-A710 cores at 2.85 GHz and 4 Cortex-A510 cores.
In the ASUS Zenfone 9 works with a Adreno 730 GPU, LPDDR5x RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. Also, according to the manufacturer, consume 15% less than the previous generation and supports video recording in 8K resolution and HDR video capture.
On the other side we have the MediaTek Dimensity 9000+, made with TSMC’s 4-nanometer process and with eight cores. The most powerful of them is the Cortex-X2 at 3.2 GHzalso having 3 Cortex-A710 cores at 2.85 GHz and 4 Cortex-A510 cores at 1.8 GHz. According to manufacturer data, the chip is compatible with QHD + screens at 144Hz, camera sensors of up to 320 megapixels and video recording in 4K quality at 60fps with HDR10+.
In the ASUS ROG Phone 6D that stars in the narrative is accompanied by a Mali-G710 MC10 GPU, LPDDR5x RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. Looking at these features, we can expect extreme performance from both processors, but does this happen in practice?
Our colleagues at Urban Tecno have subjected both terminals to different performance tests to determine which of the processors works best. First of all, 3DMark tests revealed that the one from MediaTek starts with less power, but manages to maintain a stability of 88% throughout the entire test. Instead of having peaks of more or less power, this chip always manages to offer powerful and stable performance, something very positive.
Nevertheless, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 stability is 52.9%, with a very unbalanced performance as can be seen in the following screenshot. The chip of the American firm begins the tests with a lot of power, but it reduces its power to raise it again right at the end.
Taking into account the 3DMark test, it is clear that the MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ provides just as fast performance over time, while the Qualcomm Snapdragon+ 8 Gen 1 will vary in speed and handling is somewhat more unstable.
The AnTuTu benchmark has also been very revealing, showing that the final score of each terminal varied if we tested them cold or hot. After several tests, with the temperature at the maximum, the Dimensity 9000+ obtained a score of 1028336, while the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 stayed at 907633 points. What does this reveal? That when we demand a lot from them, the one from MediaTek knows better how to maintain a high performance.
The results are much more even if we pass the AnTuTu test when both phones are cold, getting a very similar score.
When it comes to opening applications, the experience also varies if we do the tests with the phones cold or hot. After having demanded a lot from them, ASUS Zenfone 9 takes much less time to open Genshin Impact. The rest of the apps open more or less with the same speed, although perhaps the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is slightly faster.
Where we do find big differences is when it comes to unzip a large file. If we do it when the mobiles are hot, the MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ is much fastera difference that is reduced if we make the test cold.
During all the tests carried out, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 has maintained a lower temperature than the MediaTek Dimension 9000+. For example, after the 3DMark test, the Qualcomm test reached a maximum temperature of 46 degreeswhile MediaTek’s went up to 53 degrees. In general, the one from the Taiwanese firm has worse heat dissipation, although it is true that it does offer powerful and balanced performance all the time.
When facing both terminals to the 3DMark tests, we discovered that the one with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 had consumed a little less battery. At the end of the test, the energy of the ASUS Zenfone 9 stayed at 89%while that of the ASUS ROG Phone 6D dropped to 85%. This has an easy explanation, and it is that the latter, with MediaTek Dimensity 9000+, had offered that stable performance we talked about previously, thus requiring more energy on a constant basis.
According to the experience of our colleague from Urban Tecno, who has used both smartphones as a personal phone for a few days, the experience they provide both processors in terms of autonomy is very, very similar.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 vs Mediatek Dimensity 9000+, which is the best?
After having carried out all the tests, it is clear that we can already say without any hesitation that MediaTek is at the height of Qualcomm As for high-end processors. As for this comparison, it is very difficult to choose which one is better, because no user will notice big differences in performance in everyday use.
Both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and the MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ offer very high performance no matter what task we face them with, the differences are minute. You can choose either chip without fear of being disappointed in practice.
There are several phones on the market with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, such as the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra and the OnePlus 10T. As for the MediaTek Dimensity 9000+, for now we can enjoy it on the ASUS ROG Phone 6D.
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