According to reports in the regional press and Reuters, a Vietnam-made 5G smartphone is on the way.
VinSmart, a subsidiary of Vietnam’s largest listed company Vingroup, has produced its first 5G smartphones in cooperation with US company Qualcomm. To date, no 5G smartphone has been manufactured or officially distributed in Vietnam.
The Vsmart Aris 5G model, as it will be known, is equipped with a Snapdragon 765G module platform from Qualcomm, a wireless technology innovator which describes itself as the driving force behind the development, launch and expansion of 5G.
The model also features a quantum security chip, a Super Amoled 6.39" display, 8GB RAM and a 4,000 mAh battery.
Vietnamese press reports say that tests carried out by the measurement centre of the Department of Telecommunications under the Ministry of Information and Communications indicated that the network speed of the device was eight times higher than 4G.
VinSmart has not yet announced the official price of the Aris 5G, when it will hit the market, or how many units it plans to produce. The company has apparently been focusing on the low-end segment of the market, which, if replicated for the proposed 5G models, could boost adoption of 5G.
Vietnam began trialling 5G in May this year. However, the recent pandemic is likely to lead to operators delaying commercial 5G launches as they divert investment towards boosting their 4G capacity.