A Modified Version of the OPPO R15 With a Snapdragon X50 Modem Completes 5G Signaling Test – Could This Be the First 5G Smartphone?
With the rollout of 5G networks planned for next year, a lot of manufacturers such as Lenovo and Huawei have claimed that they will be the first one to release a 5G-ready smartphone. In the midst of their claims, OPPO might end up beating them to the task as the company has successfully completed the first 5G tests on a modified retail unit of the R15 which was announced earlier this year.
OPPO’s Partnership With Qualcomm Will Also Mean the Chinese OEM Will Gain Access to the Chip Manufacturer’s Next-Gen Silicon
The modified version of the OPPO R15 was fitted with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem, which can deliver speeds of up to 5Gbps. The test was carried on 3GPP Release 15 NSA standard with the 10MHz bandwidth of 4G LTE Band 5 and 20MHz bandwidth of 5G NR n78 band. OPPO said that the test results will be leveraged to launch a commercial 5G smartphone in 2019. OPPO is the first Chinese Android phone manufacturer to successfully complete 5G signalling and data links testing on a mobile phone.
If everything falls into place, the company will be able to carry on with its plan to launch the first 5G smartphone next year, which was revealed by assistant VP Shen Yiren some days back. Earlier this year, OPPO had partnered with Qualcomm to launch a 5G smartphone next year and the camaraderie has given OPPO access to solutions such as radio frequency front-end field.
Back in May, OPPO collaborated with Qualcomm to demo the world’s first live 3D video call using a modified version of the OPPO R11s equipped with a depth-sensing camera. OPPO will include the 3D structured light camera and 3D video calling system in its upcoming 5G smartphone. The company also wants to implement the ToF (Time-of-Flight) technology to process 3D information gathered through 5G.
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