Tencent CEO Pony Ma said his company would “seriously consider” the possibility of a virtual reality (VR) backed WeChat, especially given the speedy communication 5G stands to bring to the internet.

“I hear that China Telecom’s pilot 5G service here supports downloading as fast as 1.7G per second, faster than optical fiber,” Ma said in his keynote speech at the 2018 Wuzhen International Internet Conference, which opened today. “Next year’s conference may exhibit more portable VR devices,” Ma added.

Tencent has not released information regarding its plan, or release date of any new enhanced versions of WeChat.

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Runhua Zhao

Runhua Zhao is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Connect with her via email: runhuazhao@technode.com