MediaTek has announced its first 5G modem with mmWave support. The Helio M80 is the successor to Helio M70, which was also present in its Flagship Dimensity 1000. This was MediaTek’s first 5G modem but lacked support for mmWave.Now the newly announced M80 will support both non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) architectures, dual 5G SIM, dual 5G NSA and SA networks, and dual Voice over New Radio (VoNR). It will also be an integrated modem, meaning it will exist side-by-side alongside other components such as CPU, GPU, and ISP on the same die, maybe with the next Flagship Chipset from MediaTek.
The new modem brings support for mmWave networks andalso brings a faster uplink speed of 3.76 Gbps and downlink speed of 7.67 Gbps. The previous generation Helio M70 supported 2.5Gbps and 4.7Gbps uplink and downlink speeds, respectively.For comparison, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X60 has a peak speed of 7.5Gbps in downlink and 3Gbps in the uplink, while Samsung’s integrated 5G modem on the Exynos 2100 can hit 7.35Gbps in downlink and 3.67Gbps in the uplink.
According to MediaTek, the modem will regularly remain powered in connected standby even when there is no data activity thanks to its Connected Mode DRX technology.The new modem will reach customers later this year, probably by the end of 2021. MediaTek also has two other 5G modems, namely T700 and T750 for Laptops and Routers, that should appear on devices this year.
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