Qualcomm Working with OEMs to Initiate China’s 5G Rollout

Qualcomm Technologies has announced its support for Chinese telecom operator China Unicom’s rollout of 5G services. Qualcomm, along with China Mobile, collaborated with leading device OEMs like OPPO, Vivo, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Nubia and ZTE to develop mobile phones based on the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform with the X50 5G Modem with integrated RF transceiver and RF front-end solution. 

The companies are also scheduled to showcase readiness for the rollout of 5G devices and networks in China via live 5G demonstrations at the 2019 China Unicom Partner Conference taking place in Shanghai from April 23 to 25. The live demonstrations plan to feature over-the-air (OTA) connections and applications using China Unicom’s live 5G network and OEM mobile devices using Qualcomm Technologies’ solutions. This collaboration highlights efforts to accelerate the availability of 5G mobile devices and services in China starting this year. The live 5G network is expected to cover the event space at the China Unicom Partner Conference, allowing attendees to experience a variety of rich 5G use cases and mobile experiences firsthand, including HD video streaming, cloud gaming, web browsing and data real-time sharing between devices and cloud.

With 5G mobile devices powered by Qualcomm Technologies’ mobile platforms and 5G modems, consumers can now benefit from multi-gigabit peak speeds and extreme low-latency in smartphones. Qualcomm’s 5G solutions are enabling Chinese OEMs to participate in the global 5G opportunity by helping them to address the exponential increase in device design complexity that comes with the next generation of mobile technology. According to Frank Meng, Chairman, Qualcomm China, like previous generations, 5G too is the result of more than a decade of collaborative efforts by Qualcomm and its ecosystem partners, with the mission of preparing the mobile industry for 5G rollouts starting this year.

Collaboration Partners:

  • Nubia is collaborating with Qualcomm Technologies and China Unicom in many fields including for the newly launched Nubia Alpha smart watch with a flexible display.
  • OnePlus, continuing its relationship with Qualcomm is looking forward to becoming one of the first OEMs to introduce commercial 5G smartphones in 2019 and deliver true 5G experiences to consumers in China and around the world.
  • Vivo, on the other hand, has already shown 5G smartphone prototypes to the media and invited them to experience 5G-enabled basic applications including HD video calls, online video streaming and gaming. The company is expected to launch 5G smartphones powered by Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform in the mid-2019 and offer consumers with cutting-edge 5G smart experiences
  • Xiaomi too has been working closely with Qualcomm Technologies and operators. With 5G’s imminent rollout, the company this year was among the first to announce a 5G smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform.

The 5G demonstrations are scheduled to be on display at the Qualcomm Technologies booth, Stand A-01, at the China Unicom Partner Conference from April 23-25. Qualcomm is also working with China Unicom to hold a 5G Forum at the event, with the theme of “5G Devices: Industry Collaboration and Innovation”, on April 24. The forum is conceived to unite experts across the mobile ecosystem and discuss the unprecedented possibility that 5G brings to the industry and users.


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