The emergence of 5G technology is just right on the horizon. More and more companies have already shown their initiative in developing products that will support this technology. One of them is MediaTek — one of the biggest mobile chipset manufacturers in the industry today.
In Computex 2018 held in Taiwan, the company showcased their new mobile modem — the MediaTek Helio M70. This new modem will enable MediaTek mobile chipsets to acquire 5G connections with speeds up to 5Gbps — an answer to its competitor’s Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 modem.
The MediaTek Helio M70 will be built inside a chipset made from a TSMC 7nm process. While that sounds exciting, devices which will be equipped with this new chipset are not expected to come to life this year. Instead, they’re scheduled to be released in 2019.
And if you’ve been following MediaTek for a while, you know that their main focus is on midrange and budget-friendly smartphones. So, it wouldn’t be a surprise if we see an entry-level 5G-enabled smartphone powered by a MediaTek processor soon.
As of the moment, a slew of big names in the industry has already shown hints of coming up with 5G-powered smartphones. For one, Huawei is expected to launch a 5G smartphone next year. Meanwhile, OPPO dedicated a research team to develop related technologies.
Here in the Philippines, telco companies are already preparing for the next era of wireless communication to arrive. Both Globe and Smart have already said that they are already planning to put up 5G wireless infrastructures, and it’s expected to be ready by 2020.