MediaTek launches its M70 5G modem at a tech conference

The Helio M70 is now available. (Source: The Mobile Indian)
The Helio M70 is now available. (Source: The Mobile Indian)
The Helio M70 baseband chipset was showcased at the China Mobile Global Partner Conference in Guangzhou today. This modem, unlike the Snapdragon X50, is backwards-compatible with 4G to 2G. It is also 3GPP-compatible and rated for speeds of 5 gigabits per second.
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MediaTek has released its new modem, the M70, for sale at a tech conference earlier today. This chipset is intended to support 5G connectivity for next-generation devices. However, this modem also has backwards compatibility with older band types. This is a departure from Qualcomm's strategy with its own X50 module, which supports 5G-new radio (5G-NR) only and will require pairing with a processor such as the Snapdragon 855 for full network coverage.

The M70, then, is what is known as a multimode chipset. It has 4G/5G dual connectivity (or EN-DC), but is also described as capable of 2G and 3G connectivity if that is all that is available. In terms of  5G-NR, it supports a variety of next-gen bands, including the sub-6GHz frequencies, as well as high power user equipment (HPUE) for 5G. It is also linked to data-transmission speeds. of 5 gigabits per second (Gbps). MediaTek also claims the M70 will help OEMs to optimize their industrial design and power-efficiency.

This modem is currently rumored for inclusion in at least one future iPhone. In addition, MediaTek asserts that it will help them stay at the forefront of 5G infrastructure institution and development in markets in and around its native Taiwan. Should the M70 live up to its hype at launch, it should make a solid competitor for the Snapdragon X50. It is available from now, but will not be shipped until early in 2019.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2018-12- 6 (Update: 2018-12- 6)
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