Revealed a company Taiwanese MediaTek unveiled the Helio M80, the company’s first 5G modem to support the mmWave standard, so that the new modem is a direct successor to last year’s Helio M70 modem and competes with the Qualcomm X60 modem.
The Helio M70 was the company’s first 5G modem, but it lacks support for the mmWave standard, and the Helio M80 addresses this issue as it combines both mmWave and sub-6GHz into a single chip.
Similar to its predecessor, the Helio M80 will be a built-in modem, which means that it will be present alongside other components, such as: CPU, GPU, and image signal processor.
The Helio M80 supports both standalone and standalone 5G modes with theoretical download and upload speeds of maximum 7.67 Gbps and 3.67 Gbps respectively.
In comparison, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X60 is capable of reaching 7.5Gbps in download speeds and 3Gbps in upload speeds.
While the built-in 5G modem from Samsung Exynos 2100 can reach 7.35 Gbps in download speeds and 3.67 Gbps in upload speeds.
“As 5G launches accelerate, the mmWave standard is becoming increasingly important, especially in the US, and MediaTek’s new 5G modem is integrating support for both mmWave,” said JC Hsu, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Business Unit. And sub-6GHz to give device makers more flexibility.
In addition to providing support for the mmWave standard, the Helio M80 also supports dual 5G SIM and dual 5G NSA and SA networks, as well as dual voice over the new VoNR radio.
Other important aspects of the Helio M80 modem include CA carrier aggregation across the mmWave and sub-6GHz bands, and support for DSS dynamic spectrum sharing.
Dynamic spectrum sharing technology allows carriers to operate 4G LTE and 5G NR simultaneously on the same network band without having to reserve a portion of the spectrum for either 4G or 5G.
The Helio M80 also features UltraSave network environment detection technologies and MediaTek’s UltraSave content awareness technologies, which can dynamically adjust power and operating frequency based on network conditions.