Snapdragon 870 vs Dimensity 1200

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 (with Adreno 650 graphics) and MediaTek Dimensity 1200 (Mali-G77 MC9). Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs, and comprehensive tests in benchmarks, like AnTuTu and Geekbench.

Review

General comparison of performance, power consumption, and other indicators
CPU Performance
Single and multi-core processor tests
Gaming Performance
GPU performance in games and OpenCL/Vulcan
Battery life
Efficiency of battery consumption
NanoReview Score
Overall chip score

Key Differences

Main differences and advantages of each chip
Pros of Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Dimensity
  • Supports 29% higher memory bandwidth (44 against 34.1 GB/s)
  • 7% higher CPU clock speed (3200 vs 3000 MHz)
Pros of MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  • Higher GPU frequency (~31%)
  • Has a smaller size transistor (6 versus 7 nm)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
695587
CPU 194048 186722
GPU 241854 245069
Memory 110520 125190
UX 148242 141824
Total score 691546 695587

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
Image compression 180.6 Mpixels/s 171.75 Mpixels/s
Face detection 25.25 images/s 32.25 images/s
Speech recognition 54.7 words/s 51.5 words/s
Machine learning 56.95 images/s 51.65 images/s
Camera shooting 28 images/s 27.35 images/s
HTML 5 3 Mnodes/s 3.76 Mnodes/s
SQLite 989.1 Krows/s 931.9 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 90% 91%
Graphics test 25 FPS 25 FPS
Score 4260 4203

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 88 FPS
[Ultra]
68 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile 59 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[High]
Fortnite 27 FPS
[Ultra]
28 FPS
[Low]
Shadowgun Legends 102 FPS
[Ultra]
71 FPS
[Ultra]
World of Tanks Blitz 107 FPS
[Ultra]
88 FPS
[Ultra]
Genshin Impact 49 FPS
[Ultra]
51 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Xiaomi Black Shark 4
1080 x 2400
Oppo Realme GT Neo
1080 x 2400
We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 870 and Dimensity 1200

CPU

Architecture 1x 3.2 GHz – Kryo 585 Prime (Cortex-A77)
3x 2.42 GHz – Kryo 585 Gold (Cortex-A77)
4x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 585 Silver (Cortex-A55)
1x 3 GHz – Cortex-A78
3x 2.6 GHz – Cortex-A78
4x 2 GHz – Cortex-A55
Cores 8 8
Frequency 3200 MHz 3000 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8.2-A
L1 cache 1 KB -
L2 cache 1.8 MB -
L3 cache 4 MB -
Process 7 nanometers 6 nanometers
TDP 10 W 10 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 650 Mali-G77 MC9
Architecture Adreno 600 Valhall
GPU frequency 675 MHz 886 MHz
Execution units 2 9
Shading units 512 144
FLOPS 1372 Gigaflops -
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2750 MHz 4266 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 44 Gbit/s 34.1 Gbit/s
Max size 16 GB 16 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 698 Yes
Storage type UFS 3.0, UFS 3.1 UFS 3.1
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 2520 x 1080
Max camera resolution 1x 200MP, 2x 25MP 1x 200MP, 2x 32MP
Video capture 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265, AV1, VP9
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X55 -
4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 19
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 2500 Mbps Up to 1600 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 316 Mbps -
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.2 5.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, NAVIC

Info

Announced January 2021 January 2021
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8250-AC MT6893
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 official site MediaTek Dimensity 1200 official site

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Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Dimensity 1200 and Snapdragon 870, or ask any questions
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Master 24 September 2022 16:05
Hi Nanoreview team. I have a question. Which phone do you use for dimensity 1200? Results on it are not real even though some of them are fake. I have tested dimensity 1200 on over 3 phones for a long time. All result are given below: 1. Realme X7 max(8/128)- Antutu -702k-710k Geekbench 5 - 980+/3392 3d mark - 4700+/27fps 2. Redmi k40 gaming Chinese (8/128) Antutu - 695k~700k Geekbench 5 - 970+/3450+ 3d mark-4650+ 3. Oneplus nord 2(12/256) Antutu - 690k Geekbench 5 - 940/3388+ 3d mark - 4600
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Sergey 25 September 2022 09:45
Hi, AnTuTu was updated. Thank you for a comment.
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Master 25 September 2022 16:52
Sergey, @Nanoreview team, You are welcome.
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Falcron 29 June 2022 20:40
In Pubg Mobile, Dimensity 1200 is the winner, because it can run at smooth 90fps. And that setting is the most gamers want. As I have tried, the Mediatek processors are like a Bionic processor that I have no frame drop experience in playing pubg mobile.
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Master 24 May 2022 19:25
#nanoreview,check dimensity 1200's antutu cpu score properly.My Realme x7 max scored 188k+ And 3D mark too.Items more than 4600.
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Master 26 April 2022 23:03
Cpu performance is same in both 870 & 1200. Dimensity 1200 scores 188k+ in antutu and 960+ in single core and 3300+ in multi core
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Master 12 April 2022 18:44
#Nanaoreview, plz check the gaming performance of 1200 again. It’s really better now. And in 3D mark it scores 4600+ on my realme X7 max
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Master 06 March 2022 18:15
I think both are the same in performance as I found no difference between my Mi 11x and realme X7 max.
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Khan 12 January 2022 13:58
Snapdragon=High Price Mediatek Dimensity=Low Price
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HBMHD 23 June 2022 00:44
Qualcomm = US data mine MediaTek = Taiwanese data mine Taiwan may fall against the CCP though, so you're going to have to decide who you sponsor.
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Nebujin 10 January 2022 21:52
870 for sure, because no matter if regular Android Games or Android Emulation, it just gets better / more support and faster compatibility patches. Best in terms of raw performance... and screw the Battery-Life difference of a few %. You will not notice a difference if you use both CPUs/GPUs, in the same situation. Except for the Snapdragon being more performant.
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Hanz 04 December 2021 14:03
I'm A Gamer and I need to choose between realme x7 max(dimensity1200) or Poco f3 (snapdragon 870) please tell me which is better and are both chipset better for the long term. tnx
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The gamer 14 December 2021 12:56
870 is best And Dimensity 1200 is not better than 870
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Mehedi 20 December 2021 12:13
I tested gaming smoothness and dimensity 1200 winner in pubg
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Sumder 04 January 2022 10:40
Snapdragon is better optimized for gaming. However, battery efficiency and stability are better in Dimensity. Also, it is cheaper. But since Realme X7 max is overall a better device per price, I will go for it!
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DZXTRICKS 29 January 2022 04:14
If you watched credible reviewers on the YouTube platform, I think going for POCO F3 will give you a more rounded package. However, as shown in the paper Realms X7 Max I think gonna beat POCO F3 in the hands of reviewers once it became globally available.
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Fares 03 May 2022 12:10
Poco F3 is better if U play pubg Cod or any other game. The people above are saying that dimensity 1200 is good bcz they don't have a mobile with Sd 870.
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Hanz 04 December 2021 11:57
Poco f3 Or Realme x7 max. Which is better For Gaming? And is dimensity 1200 Good for the Long Term? Or Snapdragon 870 is Better Overall.
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J-Y 07 November 2021 16:41
They are so close in everything... I just pick the one I found for the cheaper and I love it: POCO F3/SnapDragon 870. But I'm sure I would have loved a Mediatek 1200 as much. Note that I had multiple Snapdragon and lots of different Mediatek in the past and I don't really have preferences as both always provided me a similar price/performance ratio.
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Shuvon deb 22 October 2021 19:50
SD 870 is very hit & battery drain fast. I am using poco f3
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Svj 08 January 2022 13:38
What graphics settings?
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Alios 09 August 2022 13:04
If you don't know how to use it just turn off the game launcher app in the Poco f3 you can play smother all hits in f3 coz of the game launcher fabric APK in f3 is on. just turn off this app.
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Albedo 18 October 2021 17:28
Snapdragon 870 for sure
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abc 10 February 2022 06:47
If snapdragon 870 is better than mediatek 1200, then why k40 gaming edition need to use mediatek 1200
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fariborz 16 March 2022 10:13
abc, Snapdragon 870 is much more expensive
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fromMARS 27 April 2022 18:58
fariborz, bro, it's not only about price, in fact, redmi wants to offer customers a powerful phone for a low budget gamer, and D1200 didn't disappoint me till now, I was about to buy one plus 9r which is more expensive than k40 gaming, but I didn't regret buying k40 gaming.
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Reviewer 27 September 2021 13:17
The scores is different from device to another even they are with the same processor, here you have to compare black shark with another gaming phone like k40 gaming which comes with media Tek 1200 I'm sure the results will be different.
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Wews 29 September 2021 03:47
Lol poco f3 gt limits its performance. While realme gt neo dont have performance limitations.
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AHMER 25 September 2021 13:45
the difference btw the sd 870 and mdk 1200 is not that much if one is better in one thing the other is in another so the main thing to look for is that which provide better value for money and which is better in long run.
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Mother_nature 20 October 2021 08:31
For me, value is everything. When buying new phones (as a YT phone reviewer and hardcore gamer) I always look out for what phones I can get the best overall value from. SOC's significantly have an impact on the cost of phone prices, and all processors(including the top guns of SD and MTK) have their individual compromises as a given whether its on the GPU, connectivity, CPU, ML, overheating or pricing side of things. I have reviewed and gamed on phones year-to-year with high-end SD and MTK processors. Initially, I was always interested in the 'best' available performer for each year, but then I'm older now and thankfully there is notable competition and more options. Thrs never going to be a 'best' smartphone processor for more than 1year, so what I simply do now is consider the phones of interest for each year and buy the ones that offer the 'right overall compromises' at the best(lowest) price. For the purpose of tilting towards one side, been seeing more 'better-value-with-the-right-compromises' MTK 1200 phones than I have seen SD 870 phones already.
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Ace 20 September 2021 10:01
I trusted this website but now you are doing very bad. Sd 865's Adreno 650 is far better than dimensity 1200's mali g-77 mc9. And you are showing dimensity 1200 is better in gaming. I have tested mi 10t, realme x7 max, poco f3 gt and onelplus 8t and my final verdict is that 865 is better in terms of cpu and gpu than 1200
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Wews 21 September 2021 14:24
Dude, in real life usage (gaming and daily driver) sd is better than mediatek. But I heard mediatek 2000 will be better in efficiency coz its made by tsmc and will be on par with sd 898 tho gpu is weaker than sd.
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Sheldon copper 29 September 2021 16:42
lets not forget we are talking about 870 and damn i know the power of sd
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Wews 20 September 2021 09:11
Vivo x60 pro single core have 1034 and multicore 3490
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Mayukh 03 September 2021 20:02
Both are equally good. SD marginally better but with marginally higher power consumption
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Wews 24 September 2021 13:22
yeah but it's normal that sd 870 is a little bit power hungry bc sd 870(7nm+) released earlier than dimensity 1200(6nm)
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Wews 21 August 2021 04:26
1200 has better cortex and better overall clock And yet it weaker in cpu power than 870 🤔🤔🤔 Also 860 has better cortex and better clock speed but 860 also fails in cpu power when compared to 855+ 🤔🤔🤔
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Snowflake 29 August 2021 09:03
Actually lol bro, power consumption 1200 is better other wise overall 870 is best
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Rlaw 29 August 2021 20:53
870 is over locked 865
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Bram 12 September 2021 03:05
Cortex A77 and 78 is the same. The differences between it is the power Efficiency and the sustain performance but the peak are the same.
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Liege Maximo 15 October 2021 13:19
Rlaw, I think 870 is re-designed 865+. Although I can be wrong. ;)
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cicer01973 10 August 2021 15:01
Guys, I am sure both chipsets are so close to call and both offer great value for money. I love them both and the performance difference will NEVER be noticeable... albeit in very rare occasions. On the pricing perspective though, I am not so sure. I have looked for SD870 and managed to get a POCO F3 8GB RAM and 256GM ROM for €238 delivered. I cannot find a DC 1200 phone with similar specs for less than €415 delivered. I am in Europe. That is a BIG difference....
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Ceci 15 September 2021 05:13
Where you get that ? Online dealers are asking at minimum of €280 for 6GB AND 256GB And store dealers price are even crazy Any way what that 415€ phone?
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Travis 15 September 2021 05:21
Poco f3 8Gb +256GB is 450$(ali express)(499$+ in Amazon) Poco f3 Gt 8Gb+256GB is 399$(Ali express) (can't find in Amazon)
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Rupp 04 August 2021 11:04
Mediatek better than 870 because clock speed is more than Snapdragon it is main part in processors🔥
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Swadesh 11 August 2021 07:12
Not really, optimization is everything apps are better optimised for Snapdragon processor.
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No Swadesh 19 August 2021 18:46
Swadesh, Nah bro apps are general they don't need that special optimization for processor But yeah in the past games were more focused on Snapdragon But in the recent days things have. Changed High-end games are focused to be better on Kirin , Snapdragon and Exynos (few exception for MediaTek) But among mid- end /low-end/(low)high end , MediaTek is slowly getting the more game optimization as for their rising market share Example(720g is arguably better than g90t(not completely) but in games like pubgm and pubg m(chinese) g90t has more settings options over 720g Showing that g90t is more optimized in game(but not all tho)
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DaTruth 21 September 2021 12:47
No Swadesh, Are you ok there? How can you say apps don't need optimization and then turn around and say they are optimized for x, y and z. Different chipset architectures handle different scripts more or less efficiently. Depending on the engine the game is made on or what programming software is used to make x apps will determine what processors will have an advantage and, generally speaking, Qualcomm is still the preferred chipset most Android apps are developed for. The exceptions are typically only Chinese apps.
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Liege Maximo 15 October 2021 13:20
SD is better optimised vrom, thus it performs better in day-day life. (:
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Anonimus 29 July 2021 13:24
How tf snapdragon with cortex a77 cores beats dimensity 1200 with cortex a78 cores
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DaTruTru 21 September 2021 12:51
Because they run on a different architecture? Because they run on a different OS? There are plenty of variables. The core reason being that Qualcomm simply has the better architectural design and SoC. They could use all of the same components or even better ones and still be worse if their SoC/Architecture is not up to snuff. It's pretty well known that most Chinese phones have bad/buggy software, so why should it be a surprise that their SoC also isn't the best?
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Ashif 18 October 2021 18:07
Because sd use cortex a77 kryo modified cores that make more powerful
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Hossein 24 July 2021 01:16
I prefer sd 870 first for being more stable in long use and LPDDR5 and LTE Cat. 24
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Asad 23 August 2021 15:18
But LPDDR5 has 40% lower frequency
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Wews 20 September 2021 09:22
Asad, Yeah but it's more powerful than 1200's lpddr4x frequency. Lpddr5 ram is more advance and powerful than lpddr4x
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Anas Adani 22 July 2021 15:16
Snapdragon 870 better, I've used a Smartphone with Snapdragon 870 and the quality is quite good.
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Wes 08 July 2021 12:21
Why 870 become 72 only in gaming but in other its 91 percent?
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ila 28 June 2021 18:27
SD870 takes 3 secs to store an image took in 64mp where as 1200 does on milli secs. 1200 is more awesome then sd870. I have used both.
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Luis 15 July 2021 23:30
Yes thats its tru but the gaming performance have a bad optimization its here where the SD 870 took advantage on al Mediatek Processor, this remember me the war of intel and AMD a couple of year ago, but now AMD Crush Intel Processor
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Pooja Dhakal 22 July 2021 20:24
Luis, Yes, I also think so.
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Sohel 24 May 2021 06:17
Sd 870 best performance for gaming
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Sakib 14 May 2021 16:14
Mt 1200 batter lower buget range for gaming!
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Renato 14 May 2021 04:40
É uma escolha difícil os dois são ótimos processadores mas eu ficaria com MT por que e feito em 6nm tem um clock ideal pra roda tudo suave deve esquenta menos do que o SD pela litografia 6mn usa menos energia a vou tem um clock um pouco superior e por ser mais barato o mais barato considerado um celular de 6gb de ram 128 GB de memória interna os processadores da MT 1.800 é SD 2100 tirando que esse número não diz nadar se ficar fazendo o teste várias vezes os números pode muda pra melhor ou pra pior tirando que 4% mais rápido não diz que o outro e ruim se fazer clock no MT de 3.0 pra 3.2 eles ficam iguais outra coisa processadores são iguais a câmera não importa os números mais sim a qualidade ✌️
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Hadezz 30 April 2021 10:38
Sd is always better for using custom roms.
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Mth 22 April 2021 07:23
D 1200 beat SD chips phone because low prices and hight performance
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RAHUL Raina 20 April 2021 07:47
I love sd 8 series all processor
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Daredevil 18 April 2021 22:17
D1200 better than sd870 Cuz same performance and low price
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Kartikey 29 April 2021 03:54
How is it same performance when literally every aspect if better in 870
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Nayan 01 May 2021 18:36
Sustainable performance matters for long term and mediatek is not much capable and I know many tells low price and same performance but my friend both GPU and cpu are proper tuned and they have more research also sd have more features in every category so final verdict sd is good for long term us and no one take smartphone which are priced around 30 or 40 k for one year so understand guys.
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aamin khan 01 June 2021 12:50
yeah bro u r right cause compare dim1200 with 25-27 k price sd phone. result will shock you
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EnterUseraName 03 April 2021 14:06
MTK D 1200 It's Not bad Like 11 12
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rasty 31 March 2021 23:23
Dimensity 1200 batter becose lower price and really near
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Wews 26 March 2021 11:45
Pls test their geekbench and gaming
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Hehe 20 April 2022 17:56
Funny, cause Poco f3 (SD870) is dedicated as a regular daily phone while Poco f3 GT (Ds 1200) is dedicated to gaming.
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Wews 16 March 2021 10:52
Tf pls update now many phones have sd 870😤😤
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