MediaTek Claims that its First 5G Chip is Fastest in The World
MediaTek officially launched its latest chipset, the Helio M70, at this year’s Computex in Taiwan. It’s been a while since a high-end SoC was announced by the company, so this was surprising but welcome news.
It includes the latest Cortex-A77 CPU from ARM and the Mali G-77 GPU. Built on a 7 nm process, MediaTek says it is designed to power the first high-end 5G phone.
Integrated with the Helio M70, the built-in 5 G modem allows all smartphones with the chipset to use both the standalone 5 G and non-standalone sub 6Ghz networks. It also comes with support, of course, for 2 G, 3 G, and 4 G networks.
MediaTek Chairman Joe Chen calls the chip “the most powerful 5 G SoC so far announced.”
To see how it compares with the likes of Snapdragon 855 and Exynos 9820, we will have to see benchmarks.
The 5 G modem of Helio M70 can handle maximum download speeds of 4.7 Gbps and maximum upload speeds of 2.5 Gbps, as well as multi-mode support for 2G/3G/4 G and dynamic power sharing that allows 5G bandwidth for specific applications to improve modem power efficiency by 50 percent.
It will also support 4K video encoding and decoding at 60FPS and can work with up to 80MP resolution smartphone cameras.
The chipset will be ready to be shipped by Q3 this year to manufacturers. This means smartphones with the new chipset are expected to arrive earliest by 2020 or by the end of 2019.