Demand for 5G smartphones has reached an all-time high
In 2021, consumers and organizations together are rapidly watching a digital revolution in an unprecedented era of social distance and remote work – the epidemic may continue even after the epidemic subsides.
The timing is perfect for many commercial products and services to run outstanding high-speed connectivity and minimal latency waves enabled by 5G. Yet, the technology in front of them all is without a doubt a smartphone. Through a combination of mobile telephone and computing functions on a single multi-purpose device, smartphones bring a lot of mobility and accessibility with one-stop services that empower consumers across every aspect of their daily lives.
Some may be looking back to the good old days of mobile phones, when we got access to our voice calls and text messaging due to the seemingly endless binding of addictive social media platforms and notifications we get nowadays. Nonetheless, the instant connectivity of advanced mobile networks and the growing variety of smartphone applications will continue to bring uninterrupted value to users.
According to a forecast by Vivo, one of the leading smartphone makers, the demand for 520 devices is growing exponentially in the smartphone market, as researchers have recorded significant growth between 2020 and 2021.
Another report released by Gartner found that global demand for 5G-enabled smartphones more than doubled this year. “In 2020, consumers will reduce the cost of smartphones, but the availability of new products will see users drive significantly more than demand in 2021,” he said. Lower-end 5G smartphones are becoming more popular outside of China, ready to accelerate further for 5G smartphones across the region in 2021, ”said Anshul Gupta, senior research director at Gartner.
How did we get to where we are today and how did smartphone brands get us here?
The fifth generation is being defined
5G is the latest global wireless standard, otherwise known as the 5th generation of cellular mobile communication technology. Compared to 4G LTE technology, 5G flux increases the density a hundred times and the connection density ten times. It allows for a new kind of digital infrastructure that can shorten virtually everything and provides a seamless experience for all of us through maximum data transfer speeds, achieving higher efficiency and optimal performance to enhance the new user experience.
Hundreds of thousands of industries are becoming integrated due to reliable and flowing networks between machines, devices and other digital objects. With many creative applications ranging from vehicles to all driverless cars and many more creative reality / virtual reality experiences, 5G will provide the foundation for a smart city with a wide range of Internet-of-Technology technology for mankind to efficiently adapt to our living environment. Can restructure 5 and redefine our daily lives.
It goes without saying that 5G can facilitate unlimited applications at both the industry and consumer level. For technology-savvy people accustomed to heavy device usage loads, 5G will enable their integrated digital devices to tap into the most resource-intensive applications and data streams in a powerful, cloud-enabled gateway to change the changing technology and transformation to move society forward. Enterprises and countries are currently changing the paradigm as a race.
Getting ready for the 5G race – a deep dive with Vivo
The 5G technology standard was created through multiple innovative research and development efforts led by companies like Vivo. The 5G product or service customers are presented today is actually a revised integration of the proposed technology created by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) which is an organization of international telecom standard firms providing a stable platform for collaboration.
As the whole world becomes acquainted with the limitless possibilities of contemporary mobile communication technology, consumers are trying to equip themselves with cutting-edge devices that complement their connected and fast-paced daily life.
Both the corporation and the government are ready to prepare for the new digital gold rush. Most of the contests for patenting cing 5G technology have been annihilated by companies as many are unknown, fights and alliances are formed every day.
Vivo, one of the top players, has been involved in shaping the 3GPP 5G standard for over five years. As one of the many companies focusing on 5G technology, Vivo established a special 5G task force in December 2016 across Beijing and Shenzhen, China. A month later, Vivo debuted at the 2017 3GPP meeting. Since then, Vivo 3 has submitted more than 5,000 proposals to GPP, resulting in 15 technical features and three technical projects have been approved. With more than 100 world-class experts working at its communications research institute, Vivo now holds more than 3,000 patents for 5G inventions.
As a leading smartphone company with deeper R&D capabilities, Vivo designs cutting-edge 5G smartphones available at every price point dedicated to accelerating NMS empowerment to customers in this new era. With more than 400 million users worldwide, Vivo has a keen sense of evolving consumer demand and seeks to bridge users with the digital world by becoming one of the leading contributors to 5G technology in the industry.
“The key to incorporating customers into the new digital age must be the most accessible, portable, expensive and readily available digital device: the smartphone. Rakesh Tamrakar, Vivo’s 5G standard expert, says, a leader in both smartphone manufacturing and 5G connectivity, Vivo is ready for a generation-to-generation connection that is ready for a variety of productions.
Tamrakar has 20 years of experience in the mobile communications industry. He is one of the leading representatives of Vivo at 3GPP, holds numerous patents and presided over multiple 3GPP RN1 sessions (specifying the physical level of the radio interface) that led to the successful standardization of MIMO, NRK on unlicensed spectrum technology. Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) is a core 5G technology that enhances throughput and signal-to-noise ratios, while NR is a new radio interface and radio access technology for cellular networks. He has written and contributed numerous technical papers on 3 GPP RAN1 subject to 3 GP, 4G and 5G standards.
“Nine innovative centers are enlivened by our strong R&D network and supported by research teams around the world, who know customers best in the vivo industry. We focus on innovations in hardware design and software ecosystems to improve terminal performance and user experience. We invest heavily in 5G connections to put end users at the center of everything we do, to reach the Vivo product realization stage and get this technology in the hands of consumers, ”he added.
5G research, standardization and industrialization by Vivo
Vivo’s unique user-driven innovation is the genesis behind many of its patent contributions to the 5G standard, many of which were universally acclaimed at the 3GPP meeting and are now already adapted for everyday smartphone users.
One of Vivo’s most significant contributions is the standardization and enhancement of Rel-17 multi-SIM technology. Previously, incoming voice calls from one competitor’s 5G SIM card would interrupt the other’s data flow, causing one to cancel the other due to unexpected performance. After discovering that consumers prefer a 5G smartphone with a dual-SIM card slot for more flexibility in different usage situations, Vivo researchers successfully tried to reverse this collision, which led to the existence of multi-SIM 5G smartphones in the market today.
The initial implementation of 5G technology was initially seen as sufficient resource-driven compared to 4G running devices. However, consumers have become accustomed to the adequate usage time allowed by previous smartphones.
Always innovating with the user in mind, Vivo’s patented Rel-16 terminal power-saving technology manages to simplify terminal operations. This reduces general power consumption by creating a new “dosing” condition, allowing the device to deactivate software when the hardware becomes useless. 5G smartphones can seize every opportunity to rest intelligently, which prolongs battery life.
Additionally, Vivo has achieved algorithm and system optimization to facilitate this technology with 120 watt fast charging to ensure complete user satisfaction with their devices. To prevent device overheating, Civil Vivo smartphones are equipped with a super-conducting carbon fiber liquid cooling system, especially in situations of intensive multimedia entertainment or e-sports use.
Another problem raised by 5G technology is the number of antennas and components installed inside the smartphone. However, users are obsessed with the soft metallic exteriors of ultra-smooth smartphones and are relentless in their search. Never to be disappointed, Vivo’s proprietary 3D stack design uniquely binds this industry-leading technology to give these 5 smartphones a chance to make the 4G thinner than the previous 4G smartphones.
As 5G commercial networks are slowly being deployed around the world and increasingly advanced devices are gradually enveloping every aspect of our livelihoods, concerned leaders in the mobile industry are already looking forward to its next generation: 6G.
Vivo is one of the few selected parts that realizes the profound skills and in-depth concepts that customers need to make this vision a reality. Leading institutions, research teams, and academic institutions, as well as this collective elite, will expect sensitivities about the ideals and requirements for this future connection. To usher in this exciting new era, the Vivo Communication Research Institute (VCRI) has released two white papers in late 2020 that break down aspects of 6G technology. Providing a comprehensive set of hypothetical scenarios and case studies, Vivo Communications quality experts have analyzed how the sixth generation will transform our physical and digital worlds into much more than technological transformation.
“Currently, mobile infrastructure still exists relatively isolated from the physical world, only as auxiliary tool for customer use. One ultimate non-stop will be needed to dynamically connect our physical delivery to ubiquitous digital systems. By 2030 and beyond, 6G standard technologies will promote a ubiquitous, sophisticated, real-time and fully integrated digital world. This new field will revolutionize thousands of industries with a wide variety of applications as a result of an efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly future world, ”says Tamrakar.
6G communication systems will consist of many device terminals to realize clever perception and accurate control between digital systems, including our physical domain; It is comparable to the nerve endings that provide the information needed from every inch of the human body for our nervous system to take reactive action. As such, for the whole IoT (Internet-of-All) system to be effective, basically connected and intelligent terminals in the form of smartphones or wearable devices will basically be needed. To that end, Vivo has launched a great smartwatch, wireless earbuds and Jovi AI assistant to help users get acquainted with its own advanced digital ecosystem.
The 5G race and the 6G marathon are too far away from these exhausted groundworks built by technology companies. Nevertheless, affordable smartphones with innovative features will serve as an interface for everyday users to get involved in the all-India network infrastructure to accelerate the upcoming intelligent transformation of society.
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