Back in 2017, a report had claimed MediaTek would work with TSMC to produce its first 7nm chipsets. While MediaTek has not announced any 7nm chip yet, the company has now confirmed that a 7nm, 5G-capable mobile chipset will be released this year.
The information was revealed during an interview given by Finbarr Moynihan, MediaTek’s vice president of corporate sales and business development for the Americas and Europe to the folks at Android Authority. Moynihan confirmed that the company’s upcoming 7nm chipset will be positioned in the flagship segment of the market. The executive also claimed that the chipset will be a lot more capable than MediaTek’s current flagship mobile chipset, the Helio P90.
Both Huawei and Apple introduced their first 7nm chips last year, while Qualcomm and Samsung rolled out their new 7nm chips earlier this year. Thanks to the more efficient 7nm manufacturing process, all four 7nm mobile chips launched so far deliver far more impressive performance compared to their predecessors. Since AI is quickly becoming extremely relevant in the smartphone market, the latest chipsets bring much faster AI processing as well. We can expect MediaTek’s upcoming 7nm chip to be no different in this regard.
Sadly, Moynihan did not shed any light on the possible specifications of the upcoming chipset. However, a MediaTek executive had claimed last year the company’s next flagship chipset would utilize ARM’s powerful Cortex-A76 core. The company also unveiled the M70 5G modem last year, which is expected to become available to smartphone makers by the end of the year. That means we can expect to see a few affordable 5G-capable smartphones powered by MediaTek chipsets sometime early next year.
One of the main reasons behind’s MediaTek’s success in recent years can be attributed to the fact that the company’s processors are usually less expensive when compared to Qualcomm’s offerings. There is a pretty high chance that the upcoming 7nm 5G-capable chipset from the Taiwanese chipmaker will be a lot less expensive than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.