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MediaTek launches the Dimensity 8000 series

New power for premium phones

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The processor industry is thriving. Once dominated by only a few players, the industry has seen new players pop up from in-house production by smartphone makers. That said, the competition is on. The bigger players now have more to do. Based on their new release, MediaTek is up for the challenge. The processor company has launched the Dimensity 8000 5G series.

As you might surmise from the name, the Dimensity 8000 series is a step below the Dimensity 9000 series. According to MediaTek, the series will still cater to the premium smartphone market but those outside the flagship space. Borrowing from the Dimensity 9000, the new processors will pack the former’s technology into a 5nm architecture and an octa-core CPU.

The regular Dimensity 8000 will have four Cortex-A78 cores topping at 2.75GHz. Meanwhile, the slightly more powerful Dimensity 8100 will top at 2.85GHz. Both will come with an Arm Mali-G610 MC6 GPU, optimizing both performance and battery efficiency. The Dimensity 8000 can support up to 140fps, while the Dimensity 8100 will go up to 170fps.

With a 3GPP R16-ready 5G modem, the series can connect to sub-6GHz 5G networks. Besides 5G, it comes with MediaTek’s 5th-generation APU 580 for AI capabilities. It’s a balance between power and connectivity.

Armed with a five gigapixel-per-second ISP, the Dimensity 8000 series can support up to 200-megapixel cameras and take videos at up to 4K60 HDR10+.

Rounding out the two, MediaTek has also launched the Dimensity 1300, a 6nm chip with eight cores: an ultra-core Arm Cortex-A78 going up to 3GHz, three Cortex-A78 super cores, and four Cortex-A55 efficiency cores. It also comes with the Arm Mali-G77 GPU and the MediaTek APU 3.0.

All three chips will launch in smartphones coming out within the quarter.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek announces new Dimensity 9000 chipset

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Qualcomm leaks when the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will launch

Or did they?

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Amid the hype surrounding every major release, Qualcomm usually launches the next Snapdragon generation relatively around the same time — during the annual Snapdragon Summit. However, the dates for each summit aren’t always the same. Luckily, Snapdragon might have eradicated much of the guessing game for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 this year by accidentally leaking when the summit is.

As spotted by GSMArena, Qualcomm’s official website posted a schedule for this year’s upcoming Snapdragon Summit. The posted schedule pegs the event from November 14 to 17. Unless the company has dramatically different plans this year, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will likely launch during the event.

Unfortunately, Qualcomm already noticed the mistake and deleted the schedule from the site. Deleting the post can mean anything, though. One can easily assume that Qualcomm is truly holding the event during those dates. However, one can also assume that Qualcomm’s dates were wrong, and the company will issue a revision later on.

That said, the November dates are surprising. Qualcomm usually launches the next Snapdragons in December. The leaked dates are early, to say the least. If they are happening early, smartphones with the upcoming chipset might come out earlier than next year, too.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1

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Arm has unveiled its first GPU to have ray tracing

Introducing the Immortalis-G715

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It was only a matter of time before smartphones caught up with the latest in gaming technology. However, smartphone chips have really put pedal to the metal, catching up to modern consoles at an unprecedented clip. Arm has unveiled a new GPU that can deliver ray tracing to Android phones.

Introduced a few years ago, ray tracing revitalized how lighting is presented. Whenever you see shining light react to an object or a person in a game, that’s ray tracing at work. However, it’s still such a technology-intensive feature limited to capable devices. Regardless, a lot of AAA games already have ray tracing available in in-game settings.

Mobile games are about to get the same treatment. Revealed recently, Arm’s Immortalis-G715 GPU chip can deliver the same capabilities using up to 16 cores. It also promises up to 15 percent better performance from the previous generation.

Of note, Arm already introduced software-based ray tracing in the past. However, with the new Immortalis-G715, the company can now focus on hardware-based tracing, pushing the feature to more users. Likewise, Samsung has also announced the same capabilities in the Exynos 2200 series.

Smartphones are slowly moving towards games capable of the same feats as console games. Now, it’s only a matter of waiting for developers to create mobile games with the feature.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm plans to buy Arm with its rivals

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Pokémon Go creator is launching an NBA game

Hoop all over the world

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When it first released, Pokémon Go got everyone to go out and take walks. Naturally, the pandemic halted outdoor walks in the interest of safety. As the world slowly moves back into normalcy, Niantic, the game’s developer, wants to take players outdoors once again. This time, the developer is trading the Pokémon franchise for another equally popular one, the NBA.

Niantic has officially announced that it is developing a new AR game based on the basketball lifestyle. NBA All World is exactly how you’d imagine a basketball game would play if you took it out on the streets.

Players will duke it out against other players and real-world NBA players (controlled by the AI). The game will essentially turn the entire world into a basketball-themed playground where everyone can collect new gear, power-ups, and players. Imagine a larger version of the in-game lobby in 2K’s MyCareer mode.

Much like Niantic’s other games, players can dominate and own courts all over the world — like Pokémon Go’s gyms. Mechanics will also use the studio’s swiping gameplay. Further, in terms of location-based gameplay, players can access an NBA player’s story in their hometowns.

Unfortunately, Niantic did not show a lot of the upcoming game yet. However, we’re not in for a long wait. The developer expects that the new game will come out in time for the next NBA season.

SEE ALSO: NBA 2K22 co-op review: Changing for the better

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