No doubt 5G is the most talked about topic in the technology and smartphone industry this year. At this year’s MWC exhibition in Shanghai, major smartphone manufacturing companies are trying to show the deployment of 5G in their mobile devices. However, some manufacturers such as Xiaomi and Samsung, have already announced their first 5G smartphones.
Vivo, the Chinese smartphone company, is one of the technology companies who are working hard on 5G compatibility. Vivo had set up a 5G booth with a tester at this year’s MWC exhibition in Shanghai. This tester was a 5G smartphone built with the Vivo NEX, built-in Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and X50 baseband chip which enabled it to work with 5G Internet connectivity.
Shanghai Bell and China Mobile provided 5G Internet connectivity at the booth, which enabled the 5G testing machine to connect to the 5G network to make a video call on WeChat as well as to stream HD videos.
After paying a visit to the testing booth, Qin Fei, the director of the Vivo 5G R&D Centre, was generous enough to give an interview to the media, sharing the benefits of 5G connection and the difficulties faced by the company as it attempted deployment of 5G inVivo mobiles. Qin Fei announced that Vivo’s 5G-supporting smartphone has received approval and is expected to be released in the middle of 2019.
When using 5G for the first time, many people may think “it’s fast”, others may say “4G is already very fast now, and 5G doesn’t feel much faster.” Yet others may think that apart from incredibly fast internet, 5G seems to be no big deal. But are any of these assumptions really true?
It is believed that the launch of the 5G will bring about a dramatic increase in mobile internet speed. According to the data collected by Vivo from multiple speed tests, the off-site download speed on 5G can reach up to 900 Mbps, and the Internet speed in lab approaches 1.8 Gbps. These figures are about 5 to 10 times faster than current speeds, offered by the 4G network.
Qin believes that with the advent of the faster Internet, the user experience is also improving. The increase in network speed allows users to enjoy a lot of content such as ultra-high definition videos and high-quality video calls with no lag or delays. Although users can already experience video calling and HD live broadcasting on the 4G network, 5G can make videos even better and clearer.
“A substance that can support and experience good and the one which doesn’t are two different things. We often say that 4G can support this or that, but its support is limited as the community can only be supported when you use it alone, and 5G considers the actual Scene experience,” Qin Fei said in his interview.
According to Qin Fei, the second thing which would be empowered by the advent of 5G will be the connectivity. Many people believe that with the launch of 5G technology, the era of the Internet of Things will have arrived.
The so-called Internet of Things refers to internet connectivity with regards to physical devices. Devices like smartwatches and VR/AR glasses can be connected to smartphones through 5G, so the smartphone is no longer a separate device, and users can experience the use of more innovative devices through it.
For instance, Qin Fei said, Augmented Reality glasses, if connected to a 5G smartphone, can make a huge difference or can produce high-definition visuals which give users a much better sense or feeling.
With the advent of 5G technology and the development of the Internet of Things, people will eventually be able to better use smart technology, and they can approach various services and products through their mobile phones. Qin Fei projected that in the time to come, the media may not require journalists to write manuscripts.
Rather, journalists will only be needed to enter specific information and then Artificial Intelligence will be used to complete a news article. In this process, 5G technology will be the basis for data transmission. “The mobile phone is the conduit for connecting people and various services. After 5G, this pipeline is thicker,” Qin Fei concluded.