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Custom OPPO R15 with 5G capabilities tested successfully

OPPO R15 tested with 5G connectivity
OPPO R15
Although this is only about connecting a custom R15 to a 5G network in the company's research lab for now, OPPO is planning to become the first Chinese company to bring a 5G smartphone to the market in 2019. Unfortunately, they will have to beat Huawei, LG, ZTE, and all the others who are also chasing the same goal.
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The race for 5G is getting more interesting with each day and the latest piece of news about it comes straight from China. The four kings of the local market — where Samsung and Apple don't have much to say yet — are Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi. Although a Chinese brand, OPPO has just managed to complete a 5G connectivity test using a mobile device in Australia.

According to the company's representatives, the test is a major checkpoint on the road to the goal of releasing a first-wave 5G handset. "The 5G internet connection was carried out on a pre-commercially available 5G smartphone, developed on the basis of an Oppo R15. It was customised with fully integrated 5G components, including a system board, RF, RFFE, and antenna," said OPPO about the test. 

For now, we are only talking about a custom version of an existing handset and a lab environment, but — if everything works as planned — OPPO might be able to unleash its first commercially-available 5G phone in early 2019, as intended. OPPO's statements come after brands like LG, Huawei, Samsung, ZTE, or HTC also unveiled their intentions to launch 5G smartphones by the end of next year. 

Since OPPO has recently become the first major brand to get a handset with 10 GB of memory certified, it would not be a surprise to see them succeed in this new endeavor as well. After all, it might still not have a solid presence in many Western countries, but OPPO is currently the world's fifth largest smartphone brand by shipments, which definitely makes it a force to be reckoned with.

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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5428 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2018-10-30 (Update: 2018-10-30)