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MWC Shanghai 2019: A 5G Affair

5G was at the centre stage of Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2019, Asia’s leading event for next-generation technology – 5G, IoT, AI, big data and beyond. Started on June 26, 2019 this three-day long expo showcased innovations & technologies of the world’s biggest tech players. Out of all the mind-boggling innovations and products, we handpicking the best of best stuff for you in this issue of BYTES:

OPPO unveils under display camera

One of the biggest unveil in Shanghai’s expo was OPPO’s smartphone with ‘Under Display Camera’. To make sure the front screen remains free from bezel, many smartphone manufactures has been trying to come up with an unconventional solution. But OPPO is the first smartphone brand to publicly unveil a smartphone that has its front facing camera beneath the display. 

Vivo AR Goggles

In a surprising turn of events, Vivo has got itself in the VR game with the launch of AR goggles. Although it’s a prototype, Vivo plans to hook the relatively lightweight AR headset with the smartphones for 6DoF tracking. No concrete timeline or pricing were announced at the MWC but industry experts believe it won’t be this year. 

Motorola P50 wasn’t launched

Motorola P50, a rebranded version of Motorola One Vision, was one of the most anticipated devices that we were expecting to be launched in the Shanghai MWC 2019. To everyone’s utter frustration the device wasn’t launched despite many promotional posts online. Designed for mid-range Asian markets, P50 is suppose to be a big hit by Motorola.


China Telecom demos 8K+ streaming

China Telecom showed an impressive 5G 8K+VR ultra-wide bandwidth demo during this year’s expo. While South Korean telcos have started, Chinese telecom operators are still test transmitting ahead of launch. During the test transmission, 8K UHD signals were transmitted from the HQ of China Media Group in Beijing to display terminals at the venue of MWC in Shanghai. 

Lenovo 5G laptops

Lenovo joined the 5G bandwagon when it first demoed a 5G laptop at this years Computex. But at the Shanghai MWC, we got to see a production version of the 5G laptop.  Powered by a 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx chipset clocking at 2.75GHz paired with Snapdragon X55 modem, this 14 inch laptop was able to download content at a peak speed of 7Gbps. 

Huawei’s new 5G strategy

5G is what landed Huawei in hot waters with Trump administration, yet Huawei isn’t backing out from the 5G race. In fact, its main focus is still “building a fully connected, intelligent world” by harnessing the true potential of 5G. Huawei so far has signed more than 50 telecom operators and has shipped over 150,000 5G base stations.


Getting in to the entertainment biz, Chinese telecom mammoth ZTE launched 8K (four times the resolution of 4K) TV box. Although this product is initially introduced for Chinese market, the ZTE TV box equipped with 12nm quad-core 64-bit processor clocking at a 2.0GHz might be available to Asian markets soon.

Vivo 5G Smartphone with 120W charger

At this year’s MWC 2019 Shanghai, Vivo has demonstrated its first ever 5G production ready smartphone.  The top executives of the Chinese smartphone manufacturer have also announced that these 5G smartphones will be available from Q3 2019. Vivo also launched a super-fast 120W charger that can reportedly charge a 4,000 mAh phone in just 13 minutes.

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