Chinese smartphone maker Oppo Mobiles Saturday said it plans to invest USD 1.5 billion in research and development this year with the focus on developing 5G as it unveiled its first smartphone on the next generation technology.
Our 2019 R&D investment is budgeted at USD 1.5 billion, focusing on 5G, artificial intelligence, imaging, new material and product form design, as well as flash charging,” Henry Tang, Director of Standards for Oppo, told reporters here.
Tasleem Arif said that ‘We will be ready with 5G smartphone in the second quarter for trials in India. We are in discussion with all the three operators – Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea. They will have to decide on trials.’ Meanwhile, the company announced its partnership with four global telecom operators — Swisscom, Optus, Telstra and SingTel.

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