MediaTek has previewed its first 5G processor for smartphones at the China Mobile Global Partner Conference in Guangzhou. The Helio M70 is expected to launch in the second half of 2019, supporting 5G New Radio standards on both a standalone and non-standalone basis. The chip works on sub-6GHz frequency bands and is designed to deliver up to 5 Gbps based on the 3GPP Release 15 specifications.
The multi-mode Helio M70 supports LTE and 5G dual connectivity (EN-DC) while also ensuring that mobile devices are backward compatible with 4G/3G/2G in the absence of 5G networks. MediaTek has been working with China Mobile, Huawei, Nokia, NTT Docomo and others to develop its 5G product line and the first devices based on the new standards.
MediaTek’s announcement comes in the same week Qualcomm unveiled its first 5G platform for smartphones. Qualcomm also attended the China Mobile conference and said it’s working with manufacturers such as Vivo, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Oppo and ZTE on developing 5G devices running its 5G processor.