That chipset is MediaTek’s first Dimensity flagship to use a prime core configuration – one of the four Cortex-A78 cores is clocked at 3.0GHz, faster than the 2.6GHz of the other three, with a further four A55 efficiency cores clocked at 2.0GHz.

That’s a similar structure to the 1200’s big rival – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 – which actually runs a little slower, with its prime core capped at 2.84GHz. It’s based on a 5nm architecture and uses the more powerful Cortex-X1 core at its heart however, so in practice the 888 is likely to still trump the 1200 in pure performance.

A closer comparison might be found with the newer Snapdragon 870 – also announced this week – which also uses an A78 prime core, but clocked to an even faster 3.2GHz. Samsung’s Exynos 1080 is another close competitor, with similar clock speeds to the 1200, but a faster GPU and 5nm design.

In practical terms, the Dimensity 1200 can handle display refresh rates up to 168Hz at 1080p– faster than any current phones – along with camera sensors up to 200Mp.

The Dimensity 1100 is pretty similar, and architecturally the main difference is simply that it doesn’t have a prime core – all four of its A78 cores are clocked at the same 2.6GHz. That means it caps out at 144Hz refresh rates at 108Mp camera sensors – though with the same Mali-G77 GPU across both chips gaming performance should be pretty similar.

MediaTek isn’t as well known a name in the West as Qualcomm, where the Snapdragon chips dominate – at least in the flagship space. However the Dimensity line is increasingly popular among Chinese manufacturers, which was enough to bring MediaTek up to a 33% market share for phone chipsets in Q3 2020 – overtaking Qualcomm for the first time.

Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi has already confirmed plans to feature the Dimensity 1200 in a phone, while Realme has gone one step further and confirmed that it will feature in the upcoming Realme X9 Pro, which will boast a 120Hz OLED screen, up to 12GB RAM, 65W fast charging, and a 108Mp triple camera array.

Vivo and Oppo have also each pledged phones using either the 1100 or 1200, with all of these devices expected to be full unveiled towards March.