The site notes both Qualcomm and MediaTek are planning to stick with 14/12nm solutions, and will not make the industry's first 7nm SoC:
Instead of developing the industry's first 7nm SoC chip, Qualcomm and MediaTek have both moved to enhance their upper mid-range offerings by rolling out respective new 14/12nm solutions, the sources noted. Questions have been raised about whether advancing to 7nm manufacturing node is necessary under the current circumstances, the sources said.HiSilicon is making a 7nm next-gen SoC, and said it would spend at least $300 million to develop it.
Both Qualcomm and MediaTek are believed to have postponed the launch of their 7nm chip solutions to 2019 from the previously-planned 2018, according to the sources. Nevertheless, the two major smartphone SoC providers may be racing to get their 5G solutions ready with respective first-generation 7nm chips, the sources said.