A phone that you use in the mmWave 5G network in the future can be powered by a MediaTek chip. After confirming that it is preparing to launch its first system-on-a-chip system with mmWave earlier this year, the Dimensity 1050 is now here and coming to smartphones before the end of September. It joins Qualcomm phones powered by some or all of the operators providing mmWave connections in the United States
MediaTek has already completed the required Dimensity 1050 certification to be used with US operators and also expects the certification required to use the chip with mmWave media in Japan to be completed in July. Although he did not provide information about the operator’s devices or partners, he said the first mmWave smartphones powered by MediaTek will arrive in the United States between July and September.
Built on a 6nm process, the Dimensity 1050 uses an updated version of MediaTek’s M80 modem. offers both mmWave and Sub-6 5G connectivity and supports 3CC operator aggregation and 4CC carrier aggregation. This means a 53% increase in speed compared to phones that provide LTE and mmWave aggregation.
Dimensity 930 and Helio G99
Dimensity 1050 is an octa-core processor with two ARM Cortex A78 cores and six ARM Cortex A55 cores, with the same display and camera capabilities as the high-end Dimensity 9000 processor. The devices with the chip can have Full HD + screens with a refresh rate of up to 144 Hz, and the cameras can take advantage of the dual HDR function of the MediaTek 550 APU. Phones can also use their AI intelligence to enhance low light photography. In addition, Dimensity 1050 supports Wi-Fi 6E connections.
Pressing MediaTek in mmWave is not the only news about the company’s chips. The new Dimensity 930 is an updated version of the Dimensity 830 and is designed for mid-range smartphones. It swapped the two ARM Cortex A76 cores with Cortex A78 cores and was the first MediaTek chip to use an Imagination graphics processor. Other upgrades include support for HDR10 + and LPDDR5 RAM.
This is also not all the news about 5G. MediaTek continues to produce chips for 4G only, and the latest is the Helio G99, the first to be produced in a 6nm process – a significant step forward from previous 12nm 4G chips. Smartphones with 4G connectivity still make up 50% of the market, so demand is still there, and switching to a 6nm process will increase chip efficiency and also help supply.
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