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Oppo to launch smart watch, 5G solutions, and AR glasses in early 2020

By Ken Wong - on 11 Dec 2019, 3:45pm

Oppo to launch smart watch, 5G solutions, and AR glasses in early 2020

Oppo's Innovation Day kicked off with a series of announcements from the company

Oppo showed its intent to move beyond what many thought were the boundaries that kept it fenced into the smartphone market, as a slew of announcements at its Innovation Day in Shenzhen showed it was more than willing to challenge the norm.

At an event titled “Create Beyond Boundaries”, Oppo showcased a variety of smart devices including smartwatches, smart headphones, 5G CPE, AR glasses along with key technological breakthroughs in areas such as flash charging, 5G, imaging and software optimization.

Banking big on R&D

Tony Chen, Founder and CEO of Oppo announced that the company plans to invest RMB 50 billion (about SGD $9.66 billion) in R&D over the next three years to develop core technologies in hardware, software and system in addition to 5G/6G, AI, AR, big data and other frontier technologies.

Tony Chen, Founder and CEO of Oppo

In terms of 5G, Chen unveiled three key strategies for the company:-

  1. Firstly, Oppo would invest in R&D to develop world-leading tech.
  2. Second, Oppo would build a multi-portal ecosystem of intelligent devices with smartphones serving as the key gateway.
  3. Finally, Oppo would continue to rethink user service and optimize its content and service offerings.

Levin Liu, Oppo Vice President and Head of Oppo Research Institute

Levin Liu, Oppo Vice President and Head of Oppo Research Institute said that Oppo was building an integrated technology model that covered five spheres of equipment, data, computing, services and scenarios. “The model, in which 5G and AI serve as the infrastructure and our Oppo’s capacities, integrated all technologies to create an all-around consistent technological experience,” he said.


Reaching out: a Singapore context

In Singapore, most of our interactions with Oppo have come through their smartphones. Recently we saw the launch of the Reno2 in Singapore with its Quad camera setup.

Oppo actually announced its plans for 5G early in the year in February when it unveiled its 5G Landing Project, which was a partnership with four carriers, including Swisscom, Telstra, Optus, and Singtel to roll out 5G. The project had Oppo working with its partners to promote the implementation of 5G products and services to allow consumers to experience new levels of performance and efficiency to open up new avenues and opportunities for the industry.

At the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019 in December, Oppo being a strong proponent of 5G showed off its first dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) capable 5G and announced two new handsets based on Qualcomm's latest hardware.

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