MediaTek’s mobile chipset efforts have clearly been ramping up recently, with an obvious focus on specific features and markets. The company turned its attention to 5 G in both the high-end segment and more impressively so – the midrange after the gaming-geared Helio G90 dropped in July.
According to a previous company roadmap, it is anticipated that the first 5 G chips built on the Helio M70 modem will be launched next year in Q1. As MediaTek has now publicly announced a November 26 launch of its first 5 G chip at the MediaTek Summit, things seem to be going according to plan. We even have to share some pictures of the actual chip, but annoyingly, there is no official hardware or function details yet.
Having said that, here we can make some educated assumptions and guesses. The chipset used in the marketing documents, as seen in the videos, has the number MT6885Z. Cross-referencing that we can presume that with an earlier leak this is the forthcoming 7 nm silicon flagship class, MediaTek is gearing up for parents like Oppo and vivo. Some of the proposed specifications for the MT6885 should therefore include Cortex-A77 CPU and Mali-G77 CPU cores, sub-6 GHz frequency range, third-generation AI processing engine and camera support for video recording up to 80 MP and 4 K 60fps.All about the 7 nm FinFET process described above. The MT6885 is reportedly already in mass production and is expected to begin shipping to distributors in Q1 2020.
Nevertheless, MediaTek’s efforts to bring the Helio M70 SA / NSA dual-mode 5 G modem in a more competitive mid-range chipset kit are even more significant. That one will probably be called the MT6873 and should use Cortex-A76 cores and the same FinFET 7 nm method if rumours were believed. Price-wise, we’re talking about a chip around the $300 mark intended to power phones. It’s quite remarkable. It is estimated that the MT6873 will see a size reduction of about 25 percent relative to the calculated MT6885 along with other cost reduction related to yield. Nevertheless, as early as the second quarter of 2020, the MT6873 is expected to enter mass production.Yeah, we’re likely still a year out from seeing the competitive 5 G project of MediaTek in practice.
However, plans only become more optimistic after that, as the plan of MediaTek reportedly involves a change to the 6 nm system of TSMC, with four different designs supposedly already underway promoting the millimeter wave. Note, the 6 nm system of TSMC uses EUV and is still dealing with some major issues of yield and cost. And, in due time, everything.