MediaTek wants to take on Qualcomm with 5G, 7nm chipset of their own


These days if you look at any of the specs of a smartphone, there is a very high chance you will see that it is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets, but from time to time you might catch a budget handset being powered by MediaTek’s chipsets. Now it seems that the company could be looking to shed its budget image by taking on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 flagship chipset.

Speaking to Android Authority, MediaTek’s vice president of corporate sales and business development Finbarr Moynihan revealed that the company is working on a 5G chipset built on the 7nm process that they plan on launching later this year. If this sounds familiar, it is because the Snapdragon 855 is also a 5G-support chipset built using the 7nm process as well.

According to Moynihan, he expects this upcoming chipset to be a huge step up from the company’s previous Helio P90 chipset which was built on the 12nm process. That being said, MediaTek did not mention which devices we might be able to see this chipset launch in, and we have no idea how it will hold up against the Snapdragon 855 which is currently the chipset to beat.

“I think you’ll see something moving up-tier from us. How we brand it and what it shows up as, I’m not sure. But you’ll certainly see more high-end capability than, say, we’ve exhibited on the P90.”

Hopefully the company will have more details later this year, but in the meantime this is good news for consumers as it means that we can look forward to more budget handsets being powered by a decently-specced chipset.

Source: Android Authority

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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