MediaTek Helio M80 is the company’s first 5G modem to offer mmWave.
MediaTek has previously come up with 5G chipsets, but for the first time, mmWave support is provided with the Helio M80 modem.
The successor of the Helio M70 modem in the Dimensity 1000 series, the M80 not only supports mmWave networks but also manages to stand out with its 3.76 Gbps upload and 7.67 Gbps download speeds. For the M70, these values were 2.5 Gbps upload and 4.7 Gbps download.
MediaTek notes that the new modem supports both non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) architectures, dual 5G SIM, dual 5G NSA and SA networks, and New Dual Voice over Radio (VoNR). The full list of radio access technologies offered by the modem is as follows:
3GPP Version 16 standard
Sub-6 GHz and mmWave dual link and carrier aggregation
5G NR (FR1) with carrier coupling
5G mmWave (FR2) up to 8CC
5G carrier aggregation with Mixed Duplex (TDD + FDD)
Dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) ready
The Helio M80 modem comes with MediaTek UltraSave technologies for power saving. It is stated that UltraSave Network Environment Detection and UltraSave OTA Content Awareness technologies dynamically adjust the power configuration and operating frequency depending on the network environment. MediaTek adds that thanks to the Connected Mode DRX technology, the modem will remain in standby mode regularly, even when there is no data activity.
The new modem will reach customers later this year. In addition, MediaTek also has two more 5G modems that should appear on devices this year. These will be the MediaTek T700 to power 5G PCs released this year, and the MediaTek T750, designed for fixed wireless routers and mobile hotspot devices.