In India, it feels like 4G was introduced just yesterday. We had to wait for quite a long time to get our hands on fully-fledged 4G LTE devices. For those who don’t know, we are all set to move to one generation up with 5G, the latest iteration in cellular technology. We are expected to get the devices supporting 5G rolled out in the market by the end of this year. 5G promises to increase the speed and responsiveness of wireless communications on a considerable scale.
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Before we jump into the various platforms supporting 5G, here is a preliminary knowledge base about the 5G standard, which will help you understand why it is one of the most anticipated platforms of modern time.
The fifth generation wireless or 5G, like previous generations, is designed to boost the speed and responsive capacity of wireless networks even further. It promises to provide data rates of up to 20 Gbps and as low as 1 ms latency, boosting up applications which require real-time response over long-range radio networks. The advanced antenna technology will make it possible to a noticeable increase in the amount of data being transmitted wirelessly, with an increase in available bandwidth.
5G is built on top of previous gen or 4G as a foundation. A significant difference between this two-generation is that unlike 4G, the new 5G does not require high power cell towers for transmitting data to more extended range. Instead, it uses smaller (yet in large number) cell stations, which are small enough to be placed on light poles and building roofs. These smaller cells were necessary to use as the very foundation of 5G is the millimeter wave spectrum (30 – 300 GHz) that helps in achieving high speed but at a lesser distance. This limitation will be tackled using smaller cells in large volumes.
Leading smartphone platform providers have already announced chipsets with support to 5G. Talking about the laptop and PC platform, Intel has announced their Intel XMM 8160 for laptops and PCs. However, we will be keeping this discussion limited to smartphone platforms only.
In this post, we will be discussing the following platforms:
Samsung Exynos 5100 is not a platform. It’s just a network module or modem which promises 5G support. We are expecting that this modem will soon be introduced in a variety of devices in the future as 5G slowly takes over, so we will be discussing it at the end of the post as well.
So without any more delay, let us go through each of these platforms and modem to find out what amazing features and functionality they have to offer. Here we begin:
The Snapdragon 855 harnesses not only multi-gigabit 4G connectivity but also provides 5G experience with advanced technologies in the mobile network industry. Here are some fantastic features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 offers:
Following are some specifications and technical details you would love to have a look at:
(800 MHz bandwidth, 8 carriers, 2×2 MIMO)
sub 6 GHz
(100 MHz bandwidth, 4×4 MIMO)
OpenCL 2.0 FP, OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan 1.1, DX12
Volumetric VR, 8K 360 VR video playback
Hexagon Vector Accelerator
Hexagon Tensor Accelerator
Hexagon Voice Assistant
All Ways aware of technology
HD & UHD Voice
CSFB to 3G/2G
LTE Category 13 (Uplink)
4×4 MIMO on 3 carriers
Up to 20 spatial streams
Up to 256 QAM
2x 106 Mbps LTE streams
Up to 316 Mbps upload
2.4 / 5 / 6 GHz band
Up to 10 Gbps speed
Up to 2 Mbps speed
Dual frequency GNSS
QTM02 5G mmWave antenna module
Qualcomm envelope tracking
Qualcomm Spectra 380 processor
22 MP on dual setup camera
10-bit color depth
Rec 2020 color gamut
4x 16 bit LPDDR4x
The Helio M70 5G is not yet to be commercialized by MediaTek fully yet, so there are not many technical details available out there. However, we will be trying to cover whatever information is available about this brand new 5G platform by MediaTek.
MediaTek promises that Helio M70 will achieve faster connectivity along with lower latency to deliver superior and high-speed network experience in the upcoming era of 5th generation wireless spectrums. For performing all this, the platform utilizes key 5G technologies, which also includes standalone and non-standalone architectures. Being one of the first chipsets offering 5G multimode integration, the Helio M70 established MediaTek as a leader in the 5th gen wireless or 5G era. This platform is expected to provide new momentum to the 5G device market, which is already hyped.
Yes, the Helio M70 is a multimode chipset. In other words, not only it supports the latest 5G wireless connectivity, but it’s also backward compatible with 2G, 3G, and 4G. As mentioned above, it offers many key 5G technologies including standalone and non-standalone architectures, 5G radio, sub 6 GHz frequency band, high power user equipment and much more. Its built on top of 3GPP Rel-15 specifications that offers 5 Gbps data rate. It will be leading the industry towards carrier aggregation support. The platform supports dual 5G connectivity and LTE. With an impressive multimode solution, the Helio M70 platform delivers comprehensive power management while keeping the design of the devices as simple as possible. This allows manufacturers to produce devices while keeping the form factor compact and maintain appearance and efficiency at the same time.
MediaTek has been getting into partnerships with China Mobile for 5G development. They are supporting 5G standards development and testing and ultimately building an industry ecosystem around it. MediaTek believes this will help operators around the globe to achieve their goals regarding rolling out the 5G networks in upcoming years. According to the general manager of the MediaTek wireless communication division, the company is dedicated to promoting the adaption of the latest technologies. The commercialization of one of the first 5G chipset will help its consumers to enjoy 5G wireless with a complete solution. 5G and AI applications will be growing to the next level in upcoming years, enhancing the way we use our smartphones.
MediaTek has been actively collaborating with global industry leaders in smartphones. These include China Mobile, Huawei, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO and many others. Their goal is to promote productive development of 5th gen wireless that is beneficial for both partners and their customers. The launch of Helio H70 will mark the entrance of many innovative 5G solutions in the industry. MediaTek is a member of the 5G device fore-runner initiative, according to which their answers will help to empower 5G industry partners to leap the development of 5G technology and gadgets. Their platform combines NeuroPilot AI with an open architecture to deliver connectivity across various platforms and deliver diverse product line.
As mentioned above, this one is not a chipset but a standalone modem, which is expected to be utilized by other platforms sooner or later, thus, you will.
Moreover, we would want to discuss it too. Following are some quick facts and figures about this modem by Samsung:
Sub 6 GHz
GSM / EDGE
256 QAM – sub 6 GHz
64 QM – mmWave
64 QAM – mmWave
The Exynos 5100 Modem by Samsung is known for its legacy mode to 5G and vice-versa.
Moreover, it comes with support to almost every wireless generation, starting from 2G. It supports dual 5G spectrum bands, allowing it to deliver impressive and reliable data connection. This is definitely what 5G is all about, speed and reliability. This modem promises to provide amazingly good user experience with various 5G technologies including MBA, MTC, and LLC. With all these features, it is capable of handling 2 Gbps to 6 Gbps network flow. Compared to its predecessors, this is almost five times faster.
We hope this post helps you to understand what 5G technology is all about and also various platform and models we discussed in this post. 5G is soon going to take over the mobile industry in multiple regions. Enthusiasts are looking forward to what’s coming up in the smartphone industry. With modified architecture and structure, 5G promises to change the way we use our smartphones and overall network consumption, and we are looking forward to it.
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