The race between mobile phone manufacturers to pioneer the innovation is the key reason for the rapid growth and development of that market. Almost every month we are witnessing the breakthroughs in technology, usually in the departments of cameras, chipsets, graphics, or batteries (although the latter is still struggling to cope with the rest). But what we are getting right now is quite a different area of the breakthrough, from the least expecting company.
After reaching a significant milestone in the lab testing of next-generation networks. Oppo has the ambition to be the first smartphone manufacturer to launch a commercial 5G handset. They recently managed to successfully connect one of their devices to a 5G network for the first time, thus successfully solving one of the biggest problems in the development. This achievement practically enabled the release of 5G Oppo phone in 2019.
“Oppo made the connection successfully between an R15 smartphone terminal and the 5G network, in the 5G communication protocol laboratory environment,” the company said in a statement.
The phone which has been used for the testing was a pre-commercially available 5G smartphone with the basis of Oppo Release-15, which was additionally customized with fully integrated 5G components, like System board, RF, RFFE, and antenna. There was also the 5G logo appearing in the top right corner of the screen upon connection.
Oppo Research Institute has already spent a lot of efforts exploring 5G applications in terms of usage in 3D Vision, virtual and augmented reality. The experts believe that those three technologies will merge to create a ‘Ubiquitous Reality’ which will have its use for 3D video calls and online gaming, amid others. The company is also working with Qualcomm on a joint operation 5G pilot programme.
The direct competition to Oppo comes in the form of LG, which already announced their plans to launch a 5G device in collaboration with US operator Sprint. Despite this, Oppo is one of the world’s leading device manufacturers, their success is limited to the local market and India. Concerning the 5G networks, it’s already in the US, offering Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) broadband in major cities, with others set to come online in 2019.