25 March 2020
MediaTek at Computex 2019 announced a new 5G-compatible system-on-chip that will offer decent performance and 5G connectivity to the devices. This new integrated 5G SoC combines MediaTek’s M70 5G modem with Arm’s Cortex CPU and Mali-G77 GPU. What distinguishes this chipset from the rest is that it’s a built-in modem instead of an external one. Other chips like Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and Exynos 9820 both support 5G through an external modem.
This 7nm-based chip is expected to offer a good level of power efficiency and speed. MediaTek says the chipset comes with the company’s most advanced AI processing Unit (APU) in order to meet the performance demands of 5G. The processor supports 4.7 Gbps download speeds and 2.5 Gbps upload speeds. The chipset can support 4K video encode/decode at 60fps and 80MP super high-resolution camera.
Back in March, the company’s VP of sales revealed in an interview that its upcoming 5G-enabled chipset will be powerful than the currently on op P90 chipset. He didn’t reveal the specifics but his verdict reflected that a solution is coming for the high-end phones. He said in the interview,
“I think you’ll see something moving up-tier from us. You’ll certainly see more high-end capability than, say, we’ve exhibited on the P90.”
Note that MediaTek is a mainstay for lower-end devices but with the launch of a 5G-enabled chip, it’s definitely leveling-up.
The new MediaTek 5G chipset will be ready for lead customer samples in Q3 of 2019 and be in commercial devices by Q1 of 2020.