Bengaluru, Feb 27: Premium smartphone maker OnePlus on Wednesday announced it was working with chipset making giant Qualcomm to start 5G trials in India. The firm recently displayed its first 5G prototype smartphone powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 processor at MWC Barcelona (Mobile World Congress) in Spain. The company would be amongst the first original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to launch smartphones powered by the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform in the country and work with the chip maker on 5G trials. MWC 2019: OnePlus 5G Prototype Smartphone Showcased at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
“We have been loyal to Qualcomm’s 800-series Snapdragon chipsets since the release of our very first flagship device. This strong partnership with Qualcomm makes us believe that we could bring the best 5G device to the world,” Pete Lau, Founder and CEO, OnePlus, said in a statement. MWC 2019: Nubia Alpha Wearable Flexible Smartphone Showcased At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The smartphone player initially began research on 5G in 2016. In 2017, it started working with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., on OnePlus’s 5G device development and in August 2018, the OnePlus 5G Project Team established a 5G connection to Qualcomm Technologies’ laboratory located in San Diego, US. MWC 2019: Oppo’s First 5G Smartphone Officially Announced in Barcelona.
It has been working closely with Qualcomm for two years to perfect the technology to meet OnePlus’s standards of “fast and smooth”, the company added.