One of the themes of the Mobile World Congress is for companies to present their future 5G products – or at least a prototype with a 5G sticker on them. Oppo is the last company we saw to present a prototype of its future 5G smartphone. Like almost every other device we've seen, it's based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC and X50 modems and is expected to hit the market later this year.
As with some of the other demos, it was a hands-free affair with only the ability to watch the device. The first 5G smartphone from Oppo seems to have a big screen with a small notch. On its back side, the camera has a camera with a depth sensor and an LED flash. When it comes to physical interfaces, the unit has a USB Type C port and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Since the product is being finalized, Oppo does not disclose its final specifications and any observed functionality could be modified. This obviously makes this prototype a bit outdated, but since it only seems to work with high-end smartphones featuring 5G technology, we expected it to have the appropriate features: memory loads dynamic live, fast flash NAND flash / Bluetooth, etc.
At this point, the prototype is already powerful enough to reproduce 3D video games and broadcast them on a TV at MWC 2019. The bulk of the work of integrating a high-end SoC to a handset has been done. At present, the company is working on aesthetic details (that is why it does not present the design ID) and other important elements of the project.
We expect Oppo to release detailed pricing and availability information for its 5G smartphone in the coming months.