Beijing (PingWest)—Chinese smartphone major Vivo and South Korean tech giant Samsung jointly unveiled a 5G chip on Thursday in Beijing. The Exynos 980 chip, which was jointly developed by the two companies, will debut on Vivo's X30 smartphone later this year.
Exynos 980 chip supports both non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) networking modes, making it the second dual-mode 5G chip after Huawei's Kirin 990 5G. NSA and SA are two ways of constructing 5G network, with the former still relying on existing 4G infrastructure for some functions.
Vivo said more than 500 of its research and development engineers have partnered with Samsung for the past 10 months to jointly develop the chip. It has shared more than 400 features and functions it had accumulated with Samsung to complement the latter's platform.