Mediatek to Launch 5G SoC This Month

Taiwanese chipset manufacturer Mediatek confirmed earlier this year that it was working on 5G chipset targeted towards mid-range smartphone. This month, the company has officially confirmed that the first 5G SoC will be unveiled on November 26.

This SoC is internally called MT6885Z. This will be company’s most powerful chipset to date and it will be 5G capable due to the integrated Helio M70 modem. This will support theoretical download speeds of 4.7 Gbps (with sub-6 as well as mmWave). It will support both NSA (non-standalone) and SA (standalone) architectures of 5G.

The chipset will be built on a 7 nm FinFET manufacturing process. It will be coupled with ARM Cortex-A77 CPU and Mali-G77 GPU. Additionally, it will also have integrated AI architecture called APU 3.0. It will also support 4K video recording and playback at 60 fps and supported camera image resolutions will be upto 80 MP.

MT6885Z will also have a standard non-5G version for markets such as India and Vietnam where 5G penetration is non-existent. The chipset is now in mass-production and is expected to ship to the OEMs by first quarter of 2020. Xiaomi is rumored to unveil affordable 5G flagship in Redmi K20 series during early 2020 with MT6885 as SoC.

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