Mediatek held its regular earnings call with investors, and while going through the numbers for the first half of 2021, it also revealed its plans for the rest of the year. One of the major takeaways is the company’s next flagship 5G SoC will be based on the TSMC 4nm process and will enter production this year. The first phones running on the new chip will launch as early as Q1 2022.
MTK just said that its on its earnings call that its flagship 5G SoC will be out at the end of the year via TSMC 4nm. Multiple customers with the first one launching in 1Q22
— Bryan Ma (@bryanbma) July 27, 2021
The information was shared by Bryan Ma, VP at the research agency IDC. His predictions are the chipset will be available for phones that are over CNY4,000 (that’s about $615/€520).
The current top SoC by Mediatek is the Dimensity 1200, built by TSMC on its 6nm EUV technology process. OEMs turn to this chip as a more affordable alternative to the Snapdragon 888, which is a Qualcomm product, built by Samsung on the 5nm process.
San Diego usually reveals its latest SD chips in December, and rumors are suggesting the Snapdragon 895 will also be based on the 4nm process, meaning we should expect both companies to compete for the “first 4nm chipset in the world” title once the calendar year nears its end.