Oppo’s 5G phone will launch with both Telstra and Optus
Oppo is first off the blocks to launch a 5G phone at MWC19, and it'll come to both Telstra and Optus.
Apart from its 10x optical camera module, Oppo also used its Innovation launch in Barcelona at MWC19 to announce its first 5G phone.
It's not often you see Telstra and Optus share a stage, but the two companies did so at the Oppo Innovation Event in Barcelona, because both companies will be launch partners with Oppo for its first 5G phone.
It comes in a week after Telstra announced an exclusive on the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. While it may not be the first 5G phone to launch on the Optus network, it's the first 5G phone confirmed to come to Optus this year.
Not that we really know much more about the handset than its existence, and the fact that it will run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 processor. It doesn't even seem to have much of a name just yet, beyond "Oppo 5G phone".
The use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 marks it out as a premium device, and one that, from the concept video shown and Oppo's own comments on the developer versions of its 5G platforms would appear to be a successor to the Oppo Find X.
Oppo Find X
A premium smartphone with a unique Oppo spin
Oppo's first stab at a truly premium smartphone is unlike any other handset currently on the market.
In the concept video shown, and on stage, there was no evident "notch" on the phone, which would fit within the Find X's mechanically raised camera module.
That would suggest that it may not have the triple lens 10x lossless zoom that Oppo also showed off at its Innovation Event, because all the displays of that module were vertically mounted, suggesting that Oppo may place that on the rear of the phone.
Oppo already has a play in the 5G space, and one that's quite local, having announced today that it played a part in Optus placing a 5G AR call between Singapore and Sydney on an Oppo 5G handset.