MediaTek might be working on two 5nm processors with cortex A78 cores
Apple become the world's first to bring 5nm processor (A14 Bionic) in iPhone 12 and 12 Pro models. Huawei was next with its Kirin 9000 in Mate 40 handsets. And Qualcomm is said to bring chipset in the firm of Snapdragon 875 by next month. However, MediaTek is also said to be working on 5nm processor now. As per a Chinese tipster, Digital Chat Station, the firm is working on at least two processors with 5nm or 6nm manufacturing process called MT6839 and MT6891. They are also expected to feature ARM Cortex-A78 core.
Although the marketing names of the two processors are not yet known, Gizchina speculates it to be a part of the MediaTek Dimensity family. For what's worth, the company's most powerful chipset, Dimensity 1000+ is developed using 7nm process. However, the two rumoured chipsets could be more powerful and efficient than this. They may also feature 5G connectivity.
The tipster adds that the development of these processors is at a much faster rate than the last year's chips. So, it might just happen that these may arrive earlier than usual. More details will probably be arriving by later this year.
Talking about 5nm smartphone processors, Apple is being rumoured to use TSMC's enhanced 5nm process chipsets for its A15 processor. Reports also state that production is going to begin by the third quarter of 2021.
TSMC's 5nm is mainly for Apple's mass production, as per reports. However, they will not be the only ones. AMD, Qualcomm, Huida, Maiwell, Intel and Broadcom will still use the 5nm process.