MediaTek has designed and successfully produced a 3-nanometer chip using TSMC’s technology, the company announced. Following Apple and Qualcomm, MediaTek is now the third company to offer the most advanced processors, primarily for smartphones and possibly related devices in its portfolio.
MediaTek hasn’t provided specific details about the processor, but it’s likely that we’ll see the first devices powered by these processors in the first half of next year.
Currently, available information suggests that MediaTek’s new 3nm processors will be 18% faster than current 5-nanometer ones, 32% more energy-efficient, and achieve a 60% higher transistor density.
Nokia Mobile recently returned to Qualcomm after a period of using Unisoc for its lower-end smartphones. However, Nokia phones are still not equipped with higher-spec chipsets due to their higher costs. MediaTek could potentially offer a solution, as their latest chips are more budget-friendly while still performing on par with Qualcomm chips.
However, it remains uncertain whether Nokia Mobile has plans to release devices that would require or benefit from a processor built on the advanced 3nm process. It’s worth noting that Nokia Mobile has only employed MediaTek for the Nokia C110 (MediaTek MT6762 Helio P22, 12 nm) and Nokia C100 (MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22, 12 nm).
Their latest affordable US-exclusive smartphones utilize the Qualcomm SM4350-AC Snapdragon 480+ 5G (8 nm) chipset, featured in the Nokia G310, and the older Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm) powering the Nokia C210.
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So, thanks to MediaTek, but it’s likely that Nokia smartphones will continue to use Qualcomm’s chipsets, probably the last year’s stocks :).