OPPO is aiming for the 'world first to 5G phone' title
Chen Mingyong, the CEO of OPPO, has reportedly conducted a recent interview with Qualcomm representatives in China. The executive disclosed the company's plans to be the first OEM to release a mobile device compatible with the new mobile data standard, 5G-NR. This phone is most likely to be of the Find or R series of OPPO phones.
This company may indeed be right on track to produce the world's first 5G smartphone. It has established a specific Research Institute to develop such next-gen technology. This division's most recent publicly-reported achievement was to be first to conduct a video call over 5G. The OPPO Research Institute has also produced a version of the R15 that can use 5G.
Obviously, the OEM also hopes to release at least one device powered by the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 processor this year. It is possible that this SoC will be found in a successor to the motorized-slider phone, the Find X, in 2019.