At MWC 2019, it was mostly evident that all the major brands have been boasting about their first 5G smartphones that are about to launch this year. Companies like Samsung, and OnePlus have showcased their 5G devices that are soon going to launch in the middle of this year. Further, these smartphones are powered by Qualcomm’s latest 7nm Snapdragon 855 SoC with Qualcomm’s X50 modem that supports 5G connectivity.
On the likes of the SD 855 SoC, MediaTek is also working on a new 5G SoC, which is also based on 7nm architecture. The company had confirmed to the folks at Android Authority that the new chipset that’s being developed will support 5G connectivity and would be placed above the MediaTek’s Helio P90 chipset. And, also they would be announcing the new SoC this year. MediaTek had already announced its Helio M70 5G modem earlier which has been showcased with sub-6Hz 5G solutions.
According to the interview, MediaTek’s vice president of corporate sales and business development, Finbarr Moynihan has stated that this new 7nm chipset would be targeting the higher end of the market, which means the current flagships that would be featuring the Snapdragon 855 SoC. He had further added that the new SoC would also be more capable than the Helio P90, which is built on a 12nm process. Moreover, the company’s global public relations director Kevin Keating has also confirmed that this new processor series would also be offering 5G capabilities as well.
The new 7nm series SoC hasn’t been brand named yet and it still unclear when the company would be announcing the series name, however, as stated it is said to be more efficient than the current Helio P90 SoC. Since the new 7nm SoC is supposed to be in direct competition with SD 855 chipset, going through the history of MediaTek’s chipsets, it still believed that the new 5G SoC would be more affordable than the Snapdragon’s one and can eventually lead to cheaper 5G smartphones in the future.