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Realme to launch flagship phone that uses MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset in India this year

Realme is going to launch a flagship phone with MediaTek's new flagship chipset but there is another phone with Snapdragon 888 chipset.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | January 20, 2021 | Updated 13:52 IST
Source: Reuters


  • Realme has announced it will launch a flagship phone with Dimensity 1200 SoC.
  • This means there will be a second flagship other than the Snapdragon 888-powered one.
  • Realme has not disclosed what this device will be called yet.

Realme has announced it will launch a flagship phone powered by the brand-new MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor in India this year. This will possibly be a different device from the Realme Race that the company confirmed in December last year right after the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor was unveiled. Peculiarly, Realme is hinting at two flagship devices this year, both catapulting the company further into the 5G market. Realme has big plans to grow into a leading 5G brand and Dimensity 1200 might be a part of efforts towards that.

"As a 5G leader, Realme is prepared to bring an exceptional 5G smartphone experience with trendsetting design and leap-forward performance to millions of users worldwide," said Realme India and Europe CEO Madhav Sheth in a press statement. Talking about the partnership with MediaTek, Sheth said, "Realme has always enjoyed an immensely productive collaboration with MediaTek since its inception and has achieved excellent market results and reputation on the way. The partnership to bring disruptive innovation to users continues in 2021 as well."

The MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor is built on the 6nm architecture, which is slightly better than the 7nm-fabbed Dimensity 1000+ chipset that Realme is going to introduce with the X7 Pro in India soon enough. Oppo has already launched this chipset on the Reno 5 Pro 5G. And MediaTek is making serious promises here with the new Cortex-A78 cores. The new Dimensity 1200 has a 1+3+4 classification for cores where one Cortex-A78 core is clocked at 3.0GHz, three more A78 cores at 2.6GHz, and finally, four Cortex-A55 cores for power efficiency clocked at 2.0GHz.

Realme has not said what this new flagship phone will be called. For now, we know the Dimensity 1200 flagship processor will power it, much like how the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset will power the Realme Race device. The true identity of the Race or this new device is not known. Since the Dimensity 1200 can support up to 168Hz refresh rate on the display, the Realme phone could have the display refresh rate as high as 168Hz. And of course, there is support for both mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G connectivity on the chipset.

Besides Realme, the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset will soon launch on a flurry of smartphones from brands such as Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi. OnePlus does not mostly launch MediaTek-powered devices, which is why it is unlikely any of the OnePlus 9 variants will use this chipset. The OnePlus 9 itself will be powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset. Meanwhile, a new report has suggested the OnePlus 9 Lite may use the newly launched Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor that is merely a repackaged Snapdragon 865 for 2021.

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