OPPO to invest Sh146 billion on 5G in 2019

By Victor Magunamu, Kenya

Mobile tech firm OPPO is targeting to become the first manufacturer to launch 5G smartphones next year at the tune of $1.46 billion (Sh146 billion) in 2019.

Speaking during the firm’s two days internal idea exchange forum, the firm’s chief executive Tony Chen said that OPPO is committed to becoming a leader in an era where 5G, AI and IoT are broadly applied.

“We must dare to explore, dare to make breakthroughs and dare to innovate. In the future, OPPO will fully integrate technological innovation with art and humanity, to develop smart devices and smart homes with the smartphone at their core, and an underlying mission of continuing to meet people’s expectations for a better life,’’ Chen said.

He added that OPPO will fully integrate 5G with applications and user insights, and continuously innovate to provide users with revolutionary, necessary, convenient and seamless experiences.

Chen said that the mobile manufacturer established its 5G team as early as 2015 and begun research and development at the onset of standards.

‘’When 5G standards were frozen in December 2017, OPPO quickly invested in the development of 5G products, taking the lead in enabling the interoperability of 5G signaling and data links in August before realizing the first 5G smartphone connection this past October,’’ he explained.

In a tweet posted on Friday, OPPO Global Vice President Alen Wu said the firm has already achieved significant milestone to become the first manufacturer which used 5G network to make a WeChat video group chat.

“The smartphone is one of the best vessels for AI, but there is still considerable room for improvement. OPPO will actively embrace artificial intelligence while dedicating focus and resources to cutting-edge AI technologies and applications,’’ Alen said.

The OPPO Technology Exhibition included four major sessions – AI, Big Data, Cloud + IoT and 5G – and 12 exhibition zones covering more than 80 innovative projects.

Verizon and Samsung also announced plans to release a 5G smartphone in the first half of 2019, representing what will be one of the most high-profile debuts for the new mobile networking standard.

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