OPPO will be launching a dual-band 5G smartphone in partnership with Qualcomm by the end of 2019.
The company has now confirmed through a post on Weibo that its the first smartphone with dual-band 5G support that will be launched in December this year.
The announcement from OPPO comes just after the three major network operators in China had officially launched 5G services in the country and revealed their packages. OPPO says that it will be launching the 5G smartphone with an aim to accelerate the adoption of 5G technology.
For those who are unaware, dual-mode 5G refers to a Standalone (SA) and Non-standalone (NSA) modes.
While the SA configuration relies on the 5G spectrum for data transfer and signaling without a pre-existing LTE network, an NSA configuration relies largely on the LTE band for all communications held between servers and the consecutive cellphone towers.
This enhances the 5G bandwidth while also utilizing existing LTE networks by reducing the overall cost of operation.
There’s no official confirmation from OPPO currently regarding the specifications of the upcoming smartphone apart from that it is dual-band 5G compliance. Rumors indicate that the device will now be powered by the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 7250 SoC.
It has also been reported that OPPO is planning to introduce 5G variants of every flagship and mid-range smartphones in their lineup by the year, 2020.
According to Shen Jia who is the OPPO’s 5G expert, the Chinese tech giants will be offering 5G capability to all the devices priced above CNY 3,000 (~$421). The company has also set aside a budget of CNY 10 billion (~$1.4 billion) for only Research and Development purposes.
With Qualcomm finally introducing their first chipset with an integrated 5G modem, OPPO was quick to announce their plan of launching the first smartphone with the upcoming SoC.
The Snapdragon 6, 7 and 8-series are also expected to get a fresh release with the addition of the 5G modem, covering the requirement for both the flagship and also mid-range smartphones.