So far, all Dimensity flagships have been made on a 7nm fabrication process. Making things more exciting and competitive, the MediaTek has released the Dimensity 1200 and 1100, and both are made on a more efficient 6nm process. And they are the first to use the Cortex-A78 core.
Furthermore, Xiaomi, vivo, OPPO, and realme will be releasing phones powered by the new processors and realme has shared that it will be one of the first to release a flagship smartphone with the MediaTek Dimensity 1200.
The Dimensity 1000 and 1000 Plus failed to go up against the Snapdragon 865, which could change with the new lineup. Unfortunately, the two new chips sport the same Mali-G77 MP9 GPU that was seen on the older ones. While this may not be a major concern for Dimensity 1100, the Dimensity 1200 is supposed to be the high-end option.
MediaTek Dimensity 1200 is an octa-core SoC that features a Cortex-A78 ultra core that goes up to 3GHz. There are three Cortex-A78 super cores up to 2.6GHz and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at up to 2GHz. It supports a maximum of 16GB LDDR4x memory, as well as UFS 3.1 storage.
In terms of display support, it can deliver a maximum of 2,520×1,080 pixels and up to 168Hz refresh rate. Despite having older GPUs, MediaTek has added support for ray tracing on both chipsets. The company has also specifically noted that it’s technology can be leveraged by augmented reality apps to deliver more realistic lighting and reflections. Keep in mind, this a mobile processor and you shouldn’t expect a desktop-like ray tracing.
In terms of machine learning, it has a six-core APU that’s said to be 1o percent more powerful than the predecessor. Finally, it’s capable of managing cameras up to 200-megapixel thanks to a five-core HDR ISP. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6, multi-mode 5G, 4G, GPS, Bluetooth 5.2, and FM Radio.
realme, through a press release, announced that it will be among the first manufacturers to release a 5G flagship smartphone powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC. However it did not share a timeline.
Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
And Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 1
The second half of this year’s smartphones are coming. Naturally, each smartphone needs a capable processor to make itself more special among today’s crop of devices. Signaling the start of the next slate of devices, Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1.
A lot of current lineups have already launched for the year. However, we’re still missing some of the more premium offerings today. The new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 will power the next generation for the year. And, according to Qualcomm, the chipset will deliver 10 percent faster CPU and GPU performance. It will also use 15 percent less power, squeezing out an extra hour of usage.
The chipset will focus more on performance. Even if the smartphone heats up from all the gaming, the processor can keep up with delivering sustained performance.
Though the list of confirmed devices is still a bit sparse today, companies have already promised to use the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. These include Honor, iQOO, Lenovo, Motorola, OnePlus, OPPO, realme, vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE. As expected, gaming brands are also signing up like ASUS’s Republic of Gamers and Black Shark.
Ironically, that’s not even the gaming processor, according to Qualcomm. The company also released the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 1, which reportedly touts a 20 percent boost to GPU performance. Honor, OPPO, and Xiaomi are already making phones with the chipset.
Netflix is losing a lot of long-term subscribers
People are switching
The Netflix revolution was indeed televised. However, after enjoying years of success as the streaming platform of choice, a lot of users are now leaving Netflix for greener pastures. Over the past few months, the company has struggled to patch its failures. A recently released data report does confirm that the platform has a right to worry. More and more long-term subscribers are reportedly cutting their subscriptions short.
According to The Information, around 13 percent of Netflix cancelers in the past quarter are from accounts that have been with the platform for over three years. The data, which was reportedly obtained from Antenna, pegs cancelations at around 3.6 million Americans, a big increase from the 2.5 million of the past five quarters.
Though 13 percent isn’t exactly a giant figure, it’s still a blow to Netflix’s empire. While streaming platform rightly focus on gaining new subscribers, losing the loyalty of long-term users isn’t something to shrug off.
Since announcing lost expectations, Netflix announced ways to save on costs and retain its subscribers. Other methods include canceling projects, opening a games division, and potentially charging users more for account sharing. Naturally, not every plan hits users the same way.
In the meantime, other platforms — like Disney+, HBO, and Hulu — are attracting more users with more varied and exclusive content. Regardless, Netflix is skidding down a slope. Only time will tell whether its latest strategies will stave off more losses.
IFA 2022 gets greenlit for in-person event
A stunning return
The COVID-19 pandemic has rightly locked the tech industry into a standstill. It was vastly unsafe to congregate in groups for fear of contracting the virus. However, with vaccines and better healthcare, the world is slowly going back to normal. Events which were once canceled are now returning to the big stage. Joining that roster, IFA 2022 has now received the greenlight for an official event this year.
It’s been two years since the last IFA event. While 2020 was the height of the pandemic, the event’s organizers also canceled a return last year amid the resurgence of other variants. Now, all obstacles are gone.
IFA Berlin has officially confirmed that IFA 2022 will take place between September 2 through 6. Super-early-bird tickets are already available for EUR 35 if you happen to be in the area.
More importantly, the organizers are also confirming that two-thirds of the event’s exhibitors are going back to the event for presentations. Likewise, retail groups will make a return to Berlin.
Berlin isn’t the only major event making a return this year. Computex has also announced an in-person event this year between May 24 to 27. Likewise, MWC 2022 happened earlier this year, spotlighting major players in the industry.
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