Brian Shen, OPPO Global VP and president of China Business Department, claimed on Sina Weibo, one of the most popular social media platforms in China, that an OPPO mobile phone successfully completed 5G Internet access for the first time. In the research and development of 5G, OPPO is said to have taken the lead in the industry and has laid a foundation for commercially launching 5G phones next year.
Shen’s Weibo post detailed how OPPO made the connection successfully between an R15 smartphone terminal and the 5G network, in their 5G communication protocol laboratory environment. It is said the connection was carried out on a pre-commercially available 5G smartphone developed on the basis of OPPO R15. It was customized with fully integrated 5G components including Systemboard, RF, RFFE and antenna. The “5G” logo also appeared in the top right corner of the screen.
As a pioneer of 5G, OPPO committed to be one of the key contributors to the 5G standard and has become an important promoter of 5G product development and commercialization. Shen stated they would strive to become the first brand to release real commercial 5G smartphones as well.
Recently at the Beijing 2018 Qualcomm China Technology and Cooperation Summit, OPPO announced the partnership with the Qualcomm Technologies’, also known as “5G Pilot” program to jointly explore mobile technology innovations in the 5G network. After then, the OPPO Research Institute was unveiled to comprehensively enhance the company’s technological innovation and research capabilities. This will facilitate the pre-research of core technology based on the user’s needs or even more, to create technical qualification for the company’s future product competitiveness. The OPPO Research Institute is headquartered in Shenzhen with other R&D centers in Beijing, Shanghai, Yokohama, and Silicon Valley.
Started with the participation of the 5G standard project in 2015, OPPO kept solidly growing in 5G research and development. Contributing to the freezing of the international 5G standard, OPPO also took the lead in the development of 5G mobile phones and also explored what the 5G mobile phone can do. International standards organization 3GPP stated that OPPO ranked first in the number of documents submitted by a global tech company. Also, OPPO began to explore 5G applications, including 3D vision and ambient intelligence. In May 2018, OPPO announced the successful implementation of the world’s first 5G video call demonstration using 3D structured light technology. Conducted at the OPPO Research Institute, a 3D image camera was integrated with an OPPO mobile phone to capture 3D portrait information. The Qualcomm 5G new air interface terminal prototype was used to finally restore the 3D portrait image at the remote receiving display.
OPPO is also actively exploring 5G applications. At the recent Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit, Henry Tang, Director of the OPPO Standard Research Center, delivered the speech of “Ubiquitous Reality – When 5G Meets 3D Vision”. Ubiquitous Reality will be the first phase of 5G-supported application scenarios. Virtual and alternative reality will give users a fully immersive subversive experience. Through ubiquitous real-world applications, users will experience many 5G-specific application scenarios such as 3D video calls, online games, AR selfies, and AR shopping.
This demonstration would be a milestone for the whole process. The 5G team will continue to make new progress and achievements, and also showcase our expertise in mobile phone design technology. OPPO will accelerate the development of 5G smartphones and lay a solid foundation for the release of commercially available 5G smartphones in 2019.