Samsung would be working on one smartphone with MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC: this is claimed by one of the many protagonists of the leak scene on the Chinese social network Weibo. For the moment it is not known which, but among the hypotheses there is none other than the FE version of the Samsung Galaxy S22. The other is the Galaxy A53 Pro. It is not practice for Samsung to offer Pro versions of its mid-range smartphones, but at least there is a precedent, and it dates back to 2016.
The whistleblower adds that the mysterious smartphone may have one 4,500 mAh battery and a price between 3,000 and 4,000 renminbi (at an exchange rate of approximately € 426-568). Unfortunately, other details are unknown at the moment, but it is worth remembering that it is not the first time that we hear about the Samsung / Dimensity 9000 combination. In fact, according to rumors dating back to the beginning of the year, the South Korean giant will even be among the first producers to bring on the market a device with this chip.
Incidentally, Dimensity 9000 has finally become “real” in these days: if you remember it was the first 4nm mobile chip presented – well before Samsung’s Exynos 2200 and a few days before Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 – but it was the last to arrive on the market aboard an actually purchasable smartphone. Just last Friday Redmi presented its K50 Pro, based on the D9000, whose sales should start tomorrow (in China).
There is reason to be curious about the chip because it is the only 4nm chip produced by TSMC, while Exynos and Snapdragon come from Samsung’s foundries. The benchmarks that emerged a few days ago paint it as clearly superior on the performance side, even capable of approaching the Apple A15 Bionic (TSMC 5 nm) of the iPhone 13 especially in multi-core. It’s an important piece in the history of Samsung Foundries vs. TSMC, because it is a further indication that all other factors being equal (number of cores, architecture, nanometers) supports a thesis, often rumored, that TSMC’s process is superior to Samsung’s – which is why Qualcomm itself would aim to change producers as early as the S8G1 mid-year “plus” refresh.