If you’ve heard of MediaTek, it probably has been related to a mid-range smartphone like the Motorola One Maco or the Oppo Reno Z; but this Taiwanese chipmaker is everywhere; or more specifically, everywhere there is an Amazon Echo device… so, basically, everywhere.
Not content with infiltrating homes around the world, MediaTek now has its sights set on 5G laptops and iconic 5G smartphones as 2019 comes to an end.
Starting with laptops and MediaTek is about to reach the PC market, after announcing a partnership with Intel. MediaTek will offer its 5G modems to Intel and, in turn, to laptop manufacturers, and the association’s fruits are expected to reach the market around 2021.
Lenovo will launch 5G laptops with full-day battery life by the end of 2019
Intel plans powerful 5G laptops for 2019 to take on always connected Qualcomm PCs
It is rumored that MacBooks with 5G will arrive in 2020, but will probably be expensive
This is not the first time we see computers loaded with cellular connectivity: devices connected to Qualcomm chips such as the HP Envy X2 in 2018, for example.
However, after reviewing that generation of Windows 10 on Snapdragon devices, it became clear that connectivity had a cost of performance.
Is it time to get excited?
The reason why the MediaTek association is different and, in turn, exciting, is because, by supplying the 5G modem and letting Intel continue to make its processors tested, there could be less room for error.
This could mean completely fat Windows and incredibly fast data speeds wherever it has 5G signal, therefore, pairing and searching for WiFi, as well as online games without latency on the fly.
Dell and HP are expected to be among the first to manufacture laptops that carry Intel chips with MediaTek modems, so look at this space.
Smartphones are also receiving 5G treatment, with the new MediaTek 5G chipset, the Density 1000 was also announced. This could announce a wave of lower-cost 5G flagships if the company’s value-focused history is something that it is worth it.
The good thing about this 5G chipset is that it supports 5G dual-carrier aggregation; In English, that means you can capture two 5G networks and group their speeds, allowing downloads of up to 4.7Gbps. That means that a 100GB 4K movie could be downloaded in just over 21 seconds!
With its 7 nm architecture, MediaTek states that the Dimensity 1000 offers greater energy efficiency than other 5G SoCs, as well as support for 80MP camera sensors and AI image processing. It is also the first chip in the world to pack an Arm Mali-G77 GPU, so it is expected to offer flagship-grade games on displays with refresh rates up to 120Hz.
Fortunately, we don’t have to wait until 2021 to turn on our Density, since 5G phones with the MediaTek flagship processor are expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020. While we don’t know which smartphones Dimensity 1000 will receive, today’s partners MediaTek include Motorola, Oppo, and Sony, so our best guess lies with them.