Chinese Mobile manufacturer Oppo might become the first brand to introduce a commercial smartphone that is Li-Fi compatible by September 2020 in aim to popularize an alternative technology besides the traditional Wi-Fi.
Li-Fi, aka light-fidelity, is another way to transmit data using light or light-emitting diode (LED) instead of radio waves. While it is still quite rare as of now, it has been proved to have several advantages.
Li-Fi can reach transfer speeds 100 times faster than Wi-Fi, not being susceptible to electromagnetic interference, and relatively cheaper than Wi-Fi as it does not require much equipment to establish a Li-Fi network. However, the downside is it has a very limited range, as it can only work indoors.
As of now, only a few manufacturers are procuring Li-Fi-based devices, but with the marketing of Li-Fi compatible devices of Oppo, it may serve as a stepping stone to easily adopt and commonize the technology.