Smartphone manufacturers are now developing and testing new products that will come with the upcoming 5G technology. It’s expected to launch by 2019 as scheduled by the network upgrade of carriers.
After OPPO successfully tested 5G with their modified R15, Vivo has also completed their tests on a modified Vivo NEX S equipped with the same Qualcomm X50 modem. It included the non-standalone (NSA) LTE architecture and new radio (NR) antennas. The testing done was based on 3GPP Release 15 standard that is in accordance to the initial phase of the 5G connectivity protocol and Keysight UXM 5G signaling.
By examining actual 5G network and infrastructure, Vivo is now working hard to bring a 5G-ready smartphone next year.
Lots of electronics giants are now signing deals and agreements with companies to bring the next-generation internet technology to their products. Just recently, NTT Docomo and Xiaomi partnered to bring 5G equipments in Japan.
From the beginnings of 5G, Vivo was one of the main contributors to its technology and it even built a Research Institute in Beijing back in 2016.
Early next year, Samsung is expected to launch the upcoming Galaxy S10 as the first 5G-ready smartphone. After that, Huawei, Lenovo, and tons of other OEMs are expected to follow suit.
As of now, all we can do is wait for the developments before we get to see a fully working 5G-enabled smartphone.