MediaTek just unveiled its first mmWave modem, the M80. It’s capable of hitting peak speeds of 7.67 Gbps downlink and 3.76 Gbps uplink. It supports the sub-6 flavor of 5G as well, of course, but it’s mmWave that sets it apart from previous M70 modem.
The M80 supports dual SIM operation where both SIM cards can be connected to NSA or SA networks and both can do calls using Voice over New Radio (VoNR). Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) is available for networks without dedicated 5G bands (DSS allows carriers to combine 4G and 5G on the same band).
Two features will dynamically tune the power configuration of the modem based on usage and network conditions. Those are UltraSave Network Environment Detection and UltraSave OTA Content Awareness.
Sample M80 modems will be sent to companies for testing later this year. Besides smartphones, the M80 will also be used in laptops, Mi-Fi hotspots and other devices. MediaTek did not reveal which Dimensity chipset will be the first to integrate the M80 (Dimensity 2000, perhaps?).