Mediatek has developed an SoC compatible with the 5G network. The system-on-chip would rely on the Helio M70 5G modem, the mid-range rival of the Qualcomm X50 modem. The modem delivers download speed of up to 4.7 Gbps and a throughput of 2.5 Gbps. According to our Chinese colleagues at MyDrivers.
Mediatek wants to launch a 5G compatible SoC for mid-range smartphones in 2020
Moreover, the SoC would have an ARM Cortex-A77 CPU and a Mali-G77 ARM GPU, all engraved in 7 nm. The chip would be smaller and cheaper to produce than a SoC like the MT6885.
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The mass production should begin in the second quarter of 2020, and unsurprisingly, this processor would first be manufactured in 7 nm FinFET at TSMC. In a second step, Mediatek would like to go to 6 nm EUV.
We can expect that the first smartphones with a 5G Mediatek SoC will land in the third quarter of next year. Latest news point that the SoC will enter the market on smartphones signed Vivo and Oppo, two brands owned by BBK Electronics.
Many manufacturers have already announced the arrival of the first 5G smartphones at an affordable price. Recently, Xiaomi promised to launch more than 10 cheap compatible smartphones in 2020. For its part, Huawei promises even 5G phones for less than $300. Finally, Nokia aims to release a 5G smartphone half the price of the terminals currently on the market in the coming months. In these conditions, we advise you to wait for a little before buying a compatible device.