5G is clearly the future of the smartphone world, but it doesn’t come cheap. Well, MediaTek has its aim clear to change that perception. The Chinese giant has launched its latest SoC which is based on the 7nm architecture. However, the highlight of this chipset is that it also brings support for 5G.
MediaTek 5G SoC details
MediaTek at the Computex 2019 announced the company’s first 5G SoC built using 7nm FinFET process technology. The chipset comes with the MediaTek Helio M70 5G modem built in. Furthermore, it comes with the latest Cortex-A77 CPU, Mali-G77 GPU and MediaTek’s most advanced AI processing unit (APU). The multi-mode 5G chipset is for 5G stand alone and non-stand alone (SA/NSA) sub-6GHz networks.
It supports connectivity from 2G to 4G to bridge existing network access while 5G networks roll out globally. Other features include a peak throughput of 4.7Gps download (sub-6GHz) and New Radio (NR) 2 Component Carrier (CC) support. It supports both non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) 5G network architectures. As for imaging, the SoC supports 4K video encode/decode at 60fps, and can support a single lens up to 80MP.
As of now, the chipset doesn’t have a proper name. MediaTek is said to be working with leading cellular operators, equipment makers and suppliers for its chipset. The company states that it is designed for global Sub-6GHz 5G networks that are launching in Asia, North America, and Europe. As such, the MediaTek 5G SoC will be available for OEMs in Q3 of 2019. You can expect devices sporting the 5G chipset by Q1 of 2020.