It was just last week that OPPO launched its new Reno 2 and Reno 2z handsets in the UK, and now the brand has revealed it is partnering up with Qualcomm to develop a dual-mode 5G handset. The partnership was announced during the recent Qualcomm 5G summit, with OPPO planning on launching the device before the end of 2019.
OPPO has come a long way in Europe during 2019, offering a mix of high-specifications and good value for money. As its rival, Huawei, faces increased pressure and strife thanks to the ongoing US ban, OPPO could be well-positioned to reap the benefits by filling the void in the market.
Having already launched a 5G variant of its Reno 10x Zoom Edition (reviewed here) during 2019, OPPO’s next 5G phone will sport a Qualcomm processor with dual-mode connectivity that supports both standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) networks. Henry Tang, Chief 5G Scientist, OPPO, had this to say at the Qualcomm 5G Summit:
“The unrelenting efforts from OPPO and other industry peers have paved the way for the rapid adoption of 5G, with users in select countries and regions already becoming early adopters of OPPO’s 5G smartphones,” said Tang. “We hope our next-generation dual-mode 5G offerings will deliver a superior experience to more consumers in more markets globally, making 5G readily available to a wider consumer base worldwide.”
So, while we know that OPPO’s first dual-mode smartphone will be powered by a Qualcomm processor and modem, not much else is known about it. It could be yet another high-end 5G smartphone or it could be an affordable phone to bring 5G connectivity to the masses. With less than three months to wait until all is revealed, there isn’t too long to sit and wonder.