New MediaTek SoC Is All Set To Bring 5G Network On Budget Devices
With every new generation of the bandwidth update cycle, only the latest premium devices in the market seem to incorporate the upgrades. MediaTek however, made a bold statement on the matter by claiming to include the new 5G ready system-on-chip that offer the latest network capabilities on affordable devices.
The new 5G integrated SoC combines MediaTek’s M70 5G modem with the latest ARM CPU and GPU. MediaTek has always had a great impact on the lower end market in the industry where price plays the biggest factor in market share. Handsets like the Nokia 5.1 and Oppo R15 that utilizes MediaTek’s hardware are such examples.
MediaTek’s 5G ready chipset is built on the 7nm architecture that would provide a good balance between performance to power efficiency ratio at the lower price bracket. The M70 modem, that will be integrated alongside ARM’s Cortex-A77 CPU and Mali-G77 GPU, will support sub-6Ghz networking spectrum in 5G. The MediaTek chipset is reported to be available before year-end for OEM’s and manufacturers while the first wave of handsets with the 5G SoC are expected to be seen in early 2020.
The company lowers the cost of the 5G network by utilizing (in layman’s term) the slower of the two categories under 5G. This, in turn, gives it a broader covered network to work on over the very limited 5G setups that have the other higher networking speeds. Shrinking the chip size to 7nm also provides advantages with power efficiency and heat management. Unlike Qualcomm (Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon X50/X55 combination), the new Helio M70 5G modem is in-built on the chipset.
The mid-range priced handset is the new ‘premium’ according to the Taiwanese chipmaker company. MediaTek’s core focus true to their philosophy shall keep them relevant in the market in front of industry giants like Qualcomm who’s chipset premium handsets would keep 5G network out of hands for customers that can’t afford it.