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Oppo jumps onto the 5G bandwagon with a Snapdragon 855 device

By Koh Wanzi - on 24 Feb 2019, 12:12am

Oppo jumps onto the 5G bandwagon with a Snapdragon 855 device

Oppo has announced its first ever 5G smartphone, and it will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 processor and X50 modem. Well, sort of anyway. That's because the company didn't actually give a name for the phone or provide many details, so we don't know much at all except that it will be coming. 

Next-generation 5G networks could enable a range of new use cases and applications, so it's no surprise that manufacturers are clamoring to get on board, even if the infrastructure is far from ready. The things that 5G could make possible span a huge range, including things like 8K video downloads, 3D video calling, cloud gaming, in-store navigation, and even multi-player AR/VR games. 

On Oppo's end, it has partnered with four carriers, including Swisscom, Telstra, Optus, and Singtel to roll out 5G. It is spearheading the 5G Landing Project, which is its name for the partnership with the four carriers. The project will see 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. In this way, the company hopes to open up new avenues and opportunities for the industry. 

Elsewhere, Oppo is also looking at cloud gaming in particular as a promising area to explore. It has partnered with software developers to explore cloud gaming over 5G, and it hopes to take advantage of 5G's high throughput and low latencies to bring an improved experience to mobile gamers.

Moving forward, Oppo says it will launch its AI-powered virtual assistant, Breeno, in the coming months. The idea is for Breeno to act as a central hub connecting the network of devices that make up a future 5G ecosystem, which could include everything from IoT devices to wearables and much more. 

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