Chinese smartphone brand Oppo has unveiled a 5G prototype variant of its Find X smartphone at the 2018 China Mobile Global Partners Conference today. With this, the smartphone maker has reinforced its commitment towards getting 5G connectivity in its smartphones. The company today said that it will be one among the first to launch a commercial 5G smartphone in 2019.
It has been revealed that Oppo has been working on 5G standards, product research and development, and exploration of application since as early as 2015. The company said in a statement that Oppo Find X prototype is powered by Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor, Snapdragon 855 SoC and X50 5G modem.
For those unaware, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 boasts of 5G capabilities, promises an enhanced overall performance and is said to improve AI-based functionalities of the device it is used in. Oppo further said that it plans to deepen its collaboration with the American chipmaker and other supply chain partners.
Brian Shen, Oppo Global Vice President and President of China Business said, “We are confident Oppo will be one of the first companies to launch commercial 5G smartphones in 2019. The smartphone will be at the core of a wide range of smart devices, which will all be connected through the 5G network. To address the areas of ‘smart health’ and ‘smart home’, Oppo has already begun work on several smart devices, exploring the intersection of 5G and cutting-edge technologies, and is collaboratively building a 5G+ innovation ecosystem with the entire industry.”
Oppo is one of the important strategic partners of China Mobile, which happens to be China’s largest telecom service provider. The smartphone maker has said today that it will continue its work towards 5G and will contribute to accelerating the commercialization of 5G devices. It is also a part of China Mobile’s ‘5G Device Forerunner Initiative’ under which it plans to build a new ecosystem for 5G industry.
The Chinese smartphone brand also has plans to launch its commercial 5G devices next year and is currently in talks with telecom service providers in Europe, Australia and other global regions regarding the same.