MediaTek has unveiled & # 39; the world's first mobile chipset with an integrated 5G modem. The 7nm chipset combines the company Helio M70 5G modem with ARM & # 39; s recently announced Cortex-A77 and Mali-G77, resulting in an integrated chip that should save on physical space in the phone and battery life. The chip's modem has a theoretical maximum download speed of 4.7 Gbps and an upload speed of 2.5 Gbps, says MediaTek.
Although not as fast as Qualcomm's second-generation X55 modem, which offers peak download speeds of up to 7 Gbps, MediaTek's approach has the advantage of combining everything into a single chip. For comparison: the Qualcomm modem is separate from the company's SoC & # 39; s, which means it takes up more space and can draw extra power (depending on the implementation of the technology by both companies).
From a technological point of view, the MediaTek chip is not as advanced as the newest Qualcomm modem, because it does not support mmWave together with sub-6Ghz. However, that should not be a problem for MediaTek's primary markets in the short term Anandtech notes that the US is the only major region currently rolling out mmWave. Otherwise, the chip supports both stand-alone and non-stand-alone 5G and is also backwards compatible with 2G to 4G networks.
After Intel & # 39; s exit from the 5G phone activity and Huawei's blacklist in the US, the amount of competition in the 5G hardware business has decreased considerably, so it's good to see MediaTek Qualcomm still offering some competition the 5G space. MediaTek says the new chip should be sent to device partners later this year, with the first releases expected in early 2020.