The first 5nm chipset from MediaTek may be a year away. The company is expected to unveil the Dimensity 1200 and 1100 this Wednesday, but they are fabbed on a 6nm node. According to a roadmap by leakster Digital Chat Station, the 6nm chips will be used by Oppo and vivo first (though Redmi execs have been dropping hints as well).
The next major release will be in the first quarter of next year when MediaTek will introduce the MediaTek 2000 chipset (5nm). Oppo and vivo are again lined up to use this chip, but Honor is expected to be a customer as well (the post-Kirin era will start soon with the Honor V40, powered by Dimensity 1000+).
The Dimensity 2000 may become the first chipset in the family to adopt the high-performance Cortex-X core. The X2, specifically, plus big Cortex-A79 CPU cores and Mali-G79 GPU cores. All three are yet to be announced by ARM (note: the Dimensity 1200 CPU is reportedly based on the Cortex-A78 core).
The A79 is presumably the Matterhorn core, which is scheduled to be unveiled this year. Expect a small performance bump over the A78 (but a massive 2.5x increase over an old core like the A73). The Matterhorn will also have hardware to detect memory safety violations and that’s all we know about it so far.
The next architecture after that is Makalu, which should be 30% faster than the A78. It’s not clear if this will be the X2 core – probably not as it’s not expected to be mass produced until 2023. The one interesting thing we know about Makalu is that it will drop 32-bit support and will run 64-bit software exclusively.
We may hear more about MediaTek’s plans for the future during the event on Wednesday. And even if there’s no mention of the Dimensity 2000, the 1200 and friends will be on stage.