MediaTek Announces Its First mmWave 5G Modem, The M80 5G

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To tackle Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 5G modems monopoly in the US phones, MediaTek has launched its first mmWave 5G modem called the MediaTek M80 5G.

This MediaTek M80 5G modem will go head to head with the Qualcomm X60 modem. Recently, MediaTek became the world’s number-one mobile chipset maker, according to Counterpoint Research.

However, MediaTek chipsets are normally found in lower-end to mid-range phones. They are yet to create their flagship appeal in the smartphone market.


Moreover, phones which are powered by MediaTek are launched mostly outside of the US. But with the new MediaTek M80 5G modem, the company will try to capture its fair share of the pie in the 5G market in the US.  Because the 5G mmWave is becoming extremely important in the states.

According to a statement by Finbarr Moynihan, MediaTek general manager of sales, mmWave will continue to grow in the US market.

He further added that MediaTek, with its M80 5G modem, will try to make its presence felt in the 5G mmWave US market. Further, he predicts more number of 5G devices powered by the MediaTek 5G chipsets to launch in the US.


The chipset samples will be sent to customers later this year. This also gives us a hint that we won’t be getting a commercial device powered with MediaTek M80 anytime soon.

Being an integrated modem, MediaTek M80 5G would exist alongside CPU, GPU, and ISP

Well, MediaTek already has a 5G modem as Helio M70, but it lacked support for mmWave. MediaTek M80 5G addresses this issue and combines both mmWave and sub-6GHz on a single chip.

Being an integrated modem, MediaTek M80 5G would exist alongside other components such as CPU, GPU, and ISP. It supports dual 5G SIM, dual 5G NSA, and SA networks, and dual Voice over New Radio (VoNR).


On paper, it can attain maximum download and upload speeds of 7.67Gbps and 3.67Gbps respectively. Comparatively, Qualcomm X60 5G modem is capable of reaching 7.5Gbps in downlink and 3Gbps in the uplink.

Since Samsung has also joined the 5G bandwagon, its Exynos 2100 chipset can hit download and upload speeds of 7.35Gbps and 3.67Gbps, respectively.

So, all in all, it seems like MediaTek has managed to beat its competitors, but that is something that needs to be confirmed after a real-world test between these modems.


The M80 modem also supports sub-6GHz 5G bands, carrier aggregation (CA) across mmWave, and support for Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS).

For the unaware, DSS allows carriers to operate both 4G LTE and 5G simultaneously on the same network band. This negates the need to allot a dedicated size of spectrum for either 4G or 5G.

The MediaTek M80 also features the company’s UltraSave Network Environment Detection and UltraSave Content Awareness technologies. This helps in adjusting power and operating frequency based on the network conditions.