MediaTek announced the world’s first SoC with an integrated M70 5G modem.
The chipset is built on TSMC’s new 7nm process-node, and integrates MediaTek’s own Helio M70 modem IP.
The M70 modem supports 5G NR in the sub-6GHz spectrum with up to 2x carrier aggregation.
The modem supports both standalone and non-standalone 5G network architectures.
The SoC will have the most up-to-date IP at release with the use of Arm’s new Cortex-A77 and Mali-G77 GPU, something that MediaTek hasn’t been able to achieve in a few generations. Alongswith the CPU and GPU, MediaTek will employ its third generation APU design, which uses the company own in-house IP.
The imaging capabilities of the SoC are also greatly enhanced and now supports 4K60 decode and encode along with 80MP ISP capability.
There’s not much information more about the SoC, and exactly what product category it’s targeting, but MediaTek seems to keep the momentum with mid-range as well as high-end devices. MediaTek hardware is a strength of lower-end devices, like hugely popular Nokia’s 5.1 Plus or X5 and Oppo’s R15, where price is the X factor. This 7-nanometer chip should hopefully provide a good mix of power efficiency and speed.