Although there’s no wide-scale support for 5G yet, there are phones that support the 5th generation of cellular technology. However, it will cost you more than a standard flagship phone in 2019. That said, MediaTek might change the fact as it introduces its 7nm SoC sporting the Helio M70 5G modem.
The company didn’t dwell into the details of its first 7nm chipset, but there are interesting things to take note of. Its 7nm 5G SoC comes with ARM’s latest Cortex-A77 CPU and Mali-G77 GPU. Furthermore, it comes with advanced AI processing unit (APU) for balanced power, performance, and speed.
The highlight, of course, the Helio M70 5G modem, is a multi-mode type that allows 4G and 5G (via stand-alone and non-stand alone sub-6GHz network) connections. Although it doesn’t support mmWave, you don’t have to worry about it (unless you live in the US) as most parts of the world will use sub-6GHz. Regarding speeds, M70 can reach up to 4.7Gbps download and up to 2.5Gbps upload.
Other than that, support for 4K 60fps video encode/decode and super-high resolution camera at 80MP is present.
MediaTek’s 7nm 5G chipset is set to be available in commercial devices by Q1 2020.