Some of you guys might know about how the “+” denotation works in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series SoC. Or in case you don’t know, these are basically binned chips – chips that are naturally better in terms of raw atomic structure that will provide a bit more advantage in terms of performance. At least that’s what it’s supposed to be.
Take for example the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. According to XDA News, the latter has an average +200MHz across the prime, performance, and efficiency cores solely due to its binned status. In short, they are physically more fitted to do tasks at a better rate, period.
But that seems to be different for the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 family of products due to the latest sharing from Xiaomi regarding the 12T smartphone.
Based on Xiaomi’s explanation, the “variants” that we come across like the 8100-MAX or the 8100-Ultra, are not really “binned” but instead, all the same chips as the 8100 but they are having their SKU names virtually changed by tuning the parameters in how much the cores are allowed to turbo.
So think of it as a quick name swap, move the power sliders around and call it a new product. However, the performance and the resulting thermal results have enough headroom to allow the Dimensity 8100 to derive these “MAX” or “Ultra” variants with the Xiaomi 12T utilizing the latter.
In a nutshell, it performs 30% generally faster than its predecessor and champions itself through power efficiency in 5G connections, superior imaging capabilities, and stronger performance in driving pixels for daily usage.
We’ll throw in a quick gaming test to let you gauge the performance of the chip.
The Xiaomi 12T is available for purchase in Malaysia at the price of RM1,999.