Beginning from 2019, various smartphone manufacturers will start launching phones that can connect to 5G networks and OPPO could be one of the first companies to do so. Today, OPPO has officially announced that it has successfully completed the connection of 5G signaling and data links on a commercially available smartphone.
OPPO has reportedly used a modified version of the OPPO R15 smartphone equipped with Qualcomm X50 5G baseband to test 5G connectivity. The successful 5G connection is based on 3GPP Release 15 NSA standard, using 10MHz bandwidth of 4G LTE Band 5 and 20MHz bandwidth of 5G NR n78 band.
Currently, the n78 band is the world’s most widely used 5G NR band. It could preferably be the world’s first 5G band to be deployed in the coming year. Hence, the said band is of great significance for the commercialization of the first batch of 5G products. OPPO Research Institute president Liu Chang has said that the company will speed up the development of their 5G phones based on the implementation of 5G signaling and data link connection on commercially available devices.
It goes without saying that 5G connectivity will offer better than 4G in all aspect such as speed, stability, reliability and low latency. Hence, 5G devices are expected to offer new experience such as 3D communication, 4K+ video playback, online AR/VR, cloud games and so on.
In May, OPPO had successfully demonstrated the world’s first 5G video call using 3D structured light technology, and the FPGA-based prototyping platform had successfully tested the peak transmission rate of 1.46 Gbps downlink and 160 Mbps uplink.
Now that the Chinese manufacturer has also conducted 5G signal tests on a commercially available device, a 5G OPPO phone from the company may not be far away. At the recently held OPPO R17 launch event, Shen Yiren who is the domestic marketing director of the company had said OPPO could one of the first brand to release 5G smartphones in the market. He had also stated that the company is currently focused on the application of ToF (Time-of-Flight) technology, how 3D information is presented through 5G and the specific and practical application of 5G which includes a combination of AR and VR technologies.