There is a new MediaTek 4nm flagship SoC that’s reportedly in works, and the said chipset will seemingly feature in 2022 flagship smartphones. A number of manufacturers, including leading ones such as Xiaomi and Samsung, as well as major Chinese players such as Oppo and Vivo, have apparently already placed orders with MediaTek, and production for this 4nm chipset is allegedly set to begin by the end of 2021. According to rumours in the Chinese social media, the first smartphones featuring the MediaTek 4nm flagship SoC will be in market by the end of 2022.
According to reports, the 4nm chipset is being made by TSMC, one of the world’s leading chipset foundries. However, according to reports, MediaTek is also paying a fairly hefty price for it. According to a report by GSMArena, while the underlying manufacturing cost of flagship chipsets based on a new generation process such as the 5nm Snapdragon 888 falls somewhere around the $35 ballpark, the new generation 4nm chip is apparently costing the company almost $80 per chip – more than 2x the usual price. It is not clear if MediaTek will reduce its own margins to throw in a more appealing deal to phone manufacturers to market its SoCs, or if this would have a trickle-down effect on overall flagship phone pricing.
While MediaTek has changed considerably in the recent past, it still retains the value centric approach to even its high performance chips such as the Dimensity 1200 5G – which incidentally was launched in India earlier today. The latter features a 6nm SoC and is the highest performing chipset available from the MediaTek stable right now, and is expected to feature in a Realme phone some time soon. However, even with good performance credentials, MediaTek clearly plays second fiddle to Qualcomm in the flagship mobile chipset market.
The MediaTek 4nm flagship SoC is geared to be one to look forward to in terms of the efficiency and performance jumps that it can make. While it may carry the tag of being the world’s first mass-market 4nm chip, a lot will depend on whether MediaTek can pull out an offering that not only rivals parallels from Qualcomm, but also goes head to head with the de facto flagship smartphone choice in the Snapdragon 8 series chipsets.