MediaTek’s new chipsets pack in features for high-end phones — but not faster 5G

There are really only four companies in the world making 5G chips: Qualcomm, MediaTek, Samsung and Huawei. Samsung and Huawei largely only use their 5G chips in their own devices. Qualcomm supplied 5G modems for the vast majority of high-end phones last year, including Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup. MediaTek, for its part, has predominantly provided modems to Asian handset makers, something that helped it become the world’s biggest smartphone chipset vendor for the first time ever in the third quarter, according to Counterpoint Research.

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