MediaTek announced the Dimensity 1000 Plus chipset earlier this month, being a mild upgrade over the Dimensity 1000 launched late last year. Now, the first phone powered by the new processor has launched, and itâ€™s the Vivo Iqoo Z1.
The Iqoo Z1 offers that Dimensity 1000 Plus chipset, which features an octacore CPU (4x Cortex-A77 and 4x Cortex-A55), Mali-G77 MP9 GPU, and a six-core APU for machine learning. Vivoâ€™s new phone also sports sub-6Ghz 5G (but no mmWave) and 5G+5G dual SIM support thanks to the chipset.
Otherwise, the phone also stands out thanks to its 6.57-inch 144Hz screen (FHD+ LCD), beating the likes of the Galaxy S20 series and OnePlus 8 series in this regard. But this is an LCD panel rather than an OLED screen.
5G connectivity and a high refresh rate requires a sizeable battery, and the phone serves up a 4,500mAh pack with 44W fast charging. In fact, Vivo says the phone hits 50% juice in 23 minutes and 100% capacity in 59 minutes.
The Vivo Iqoo Z1 also offers a triple rear camera setup (48MP main, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro), and a 16MP selfie camera in a punch-hole cutout. Itâ€™s a little disappointing that we donâ€™t have a telephoto camera here, so youâ€™ll need to rely on cropping via the 48MP camera instead.
The Vivo Iqoo Z1 starts at just 2,198 yuan (~$309) for the 6GB/128GB model, while the 8GB/128GB variant will set you back 2,498 yuan (~$351). Need more storage? Then the 8GB/256GB option will cost you 2,798 yuan (~$394). Weâ€™ve asked Vivo about wider availability and will update the article when they get back to us.