Intel has been struggling with its 5G solution as we saw how its 5G business was acquired by Apple last year. This however hasn’t stopped Intel from equipping its latest laptops with 5G. This time Intel has joined hands with Meditek at least for the near future.
Mediatek just announced its new T700 5G modem aimed at Intel-based laptops that supports dual-mode sub-6GHz 5G. The laptops with the Mediatek T700 5G modem will start arriving by 2021 and will be able to use the internet without any external modem. The sim slot can be either a physical or eSIM based solution. We have already seen laptops with 4G SIM support earlier.
“Our partnership with Intel is a natural extension of our growing 5G mobile business, and is an incredible market opportunity for MediaTek to move into the PC market,” said MediaTek president Joe Chen in a press statement.
Mediatek’s competitor, Qualcomm also has a 5G solution for laptops. While it also has its custom 5G ultraportable laptops with Snapdragon 8C and 8CX, which runs windows on ARM like Microsoft Surface.
The T700 5G modem is based on the Mediatek’s Helio M70 modem, launched in May 2019 for affordable flagships. Although the T700 only supports sub-6GHz 5G. We can expect Mediatek to include much faster mmWave tech in its 5G modems in the future.
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