Vivo is focusing on 5G at this week’s Mobile World Congress Shanghai event, announcing a slate of new products based on 5G technologies. The most noteworthy is Vivo’s first commercial 5G smartphone, which is on display at MWC Shanghai before becoming widely available in the third quarter of 2019.
The smartphone will serve as the foundation for an entire portfolio of smart devices, including watches and headphones. Vivo also announced the AR Glass, a new AR headset that offers 5G business and entertainment options in addition to object and facial recognition. Customers will be able to use Vivo’s 5G smartphone to navigate the headset’s interface.
“Vivo’s mission has always been to develop innovative products to deliver the ultimate user experience, with smart devices and smart services as the core of our business,” said Vivo Senior Vice President Spark Ni. “We hope we can improve people’s quality of life and society as a whole.”
Vivo’s MWC lineup also includes a handful of new 5G applications that transfer the processing load from smartphones to the cloud for gaming, screen mirroring, and other purposes. The move is possible thanks to the low latency offered by 5G, and reinforces Vivo’s commitment to mobile gaming in the wake of the company’s partnership with Qualcomm and Tencent.
The MWC showcase charts an ambitious path for the manufacturer, which has spent the past few months upgrading the camera and fingerprint sensors in its smartphones.