At the Vivo Tech Day which was held on Tuesday, the smartphone maker announced that it will be rolling out software updates to enable 5G SA (standalone) for its handsets. With this update, Vivo’s 5G smartphones will be compatible with both NSA (non-standalone) and SA networks. The company added that the feature will arrive this month.
5G SA Vs. 5G NSA
For the uninitiated, SA networks have an independent infrastructure that only transmits 5G signals. On the other hand, NSA is built on the existing 4G network. This allows for a quick 5G upgrade that’s less expensive than SA, albeit at the cost of performance. Vodafone Idea (Vi) and Bharti Airtel offer 5G NSA, while Reliance Jio provides 5G SA. Vivo’s smartphones will work with both 5G SA and non 5G SA.
Vivo To Roll Out Software Update For 5G SA Compatibility
At the Tech Day, Vivo India Business Strategy Head Paigham Danish stated, “More than six of our smartphones are supporting the 5G SA (standalone) network. Most of our smartphones are compatible with NSA (non-standalone network). We will release software updates this month which will make most of our smartphones compatible with 5G SA as well.”
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Vivo Demonstrates 5G Readiness At Tech Day
The company also presented solutions to hardware challenges presented by 5G devices. The number of components that have to be integrated in smartphones keep increasing as manufacturers try to cram in more features. Vivo said that its PCBA 3D stacking technology offers an ergonomic solution to this problem. The company also showed off its liquid cooling vapour chamber tech at the event.
Vivo added that it has made many contributions to the 5G 3GPP standards since 2017. In all, it claims to have made more than 8,000 proposals to 3GPP. Additionally, it has around 4,000 5G patents to its name.