T-Mobile’s LG Velvet has a different processor inside, and it’s an interesting choice

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We weren’t big fans of the LG Velvet, the company’s flagship smartphone with forward-thinking design and technical specifications released this summer. The sleek phone seemed jerky in our review. But what if I told you that the T-Mobile variant comes with a different chip?

Today, T-Mobile announced that it has brought an LG Velvet to the United States with a MediaTek Dimensity 1000C processor inside, instead of the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 and 765G that it usually uses. This is one of the first times in recent memory that we see a MediaTek chip in an American flagship phone, so it’s a big milestone for a company that typically plays Qualcomm’s second fiddle, if nothing else.

The question is whether T-Mobile now gives you a faster chip than the existing LG Velvet can give you, and it’s not yet clear. At first glance, you might have a higher tier chip in the same phone, because (at least in anecdotal testing) MediaTek’s Dimensity 1000 is no slouch: AnTuTu has rated the other Dimensity 1000+ variants. and 1000L from the company up close Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865, 855 and 855+ chips, as well as Huawei’s Kirin 980, 985 and 990.

But on close examination, it looks like T-Mobile and MediaTek are trying to trick us with branding, as the actual specs of this “Dimensity 1000C” come much closer to MediaTek’s cheaper Dimensity 800. They both have octa-core processors and ARM Mali graphics, but where a Dimensity 1000 peaks at 2.6 GHz and comes with nine Mali-G77 GPU cores, the 1000C peaks at 2 GHz with just five Mali GPU cores. -G57. (The Dimensity 800 is 2 GHz but with four GPU cores; the Dimensity 820 is 2.6 GHz with five.)

It might also be a bit revealing that T-Mobile’s product page currently says the phone comes with a Dimensity 800, although a spokesperson tells us this will be fixed soon. However, it does add one thing to the Dimensity 1000 series: AV1 hardware decoding, for data backup video streams that Netflix, YouTube, and others deploy.

Still, the Dimensity 1000C could still be competitive with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G, and it won’t cost you more: T-Mobile plans to sell it for $ 588 off-contract, similar to the $ 599 you’ll pay for the other model. at AT&T, and less than the $ 699 it costs for a Verizon model that supports its 5G millimeter wave network.

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