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Vivo leads development of pre-commercial 5G smartphones

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5G is just around the corner. It won’t be long before you’ll be able to buy smartphones that support the network technology that performs as much as 100 times faster than 4G. And Vivo plans to stand center stage in this development.

The company has announced plans to spearhead the production of pre-commercial 5G handsets by introducing groundbreaking 5G software and hardware based on the Vivo NEX lineup. The NEX series, in case you didn’t know, is Vivo’s flagship line — one that has brought us a step closer to a bezel-less future.

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Initial development has been completed. We’re talking about architecture planning, 3D-placement stacking, radio-frequency and antenna designs, and optimized battery space within the Vivo NEX model powered by Qualcomm’s X50 5G modem.

The 5G version of the NEX has passed the first phase of protocol and signaling tests with Keysight UXM 5G signaling. It’s set to undergo further 5G interoperability and development testing, as Vivo continues to work towards the goal of launching its first batch of commercial 5G phones by 2019.

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5G version of the Vivo NEX being subjected to tests

The 5G variant of the Vivo NEX supports non-standalone architecture, which includes dual connection for both LTE and New Radio, based on 3GPP Release 15 standards.

“The 5G era will spark abundant and new possibilities for the smartphone industry. The combination of 5G and artificial-intelligence technologies will turn phones into intelligent platforms that will take the industry to new heights,” says Vivo senior vice president Alex Feng.

He added, “We foresee that with 5G and AI, the smartphone will become the sensory, control, and service hub for consumers’ lives.”

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Vivo began its research into 5G not long after the International Telecommunications Union released the IMT-2020 (5G) vision. Vivo set up its 5G Research Institute in Beijing in 2016 and became one of the main contributors to the 3GPP standard group tasked to develop 5G technologies.

In the past year, the company has activated 5G antenna and RF-related developments to further accelerate its pace of 5G innovation. Vivo has also partnered with China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile phone operator, on the China Mobile 5G Device Forerunner Initiative. It has been working closely with Qualcomm on 5G developments, including the successful design and integration of new 5Gmm-Wave antenna arrays into a Vivo commercial form factor.

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