This morning, OnePlus officially announced the successful connection to the US operator T-Mobile’s SA 5G network. So it has become the first brand to successfully connect to the T-Mobile SA 5G network using a commercial smartphone. Of course, the company used its OnePlus 8 flagship.
In response, OnePlus CEO Liu Zuohu said: ‘With the low latency and high data capacity of the SA 5G network, OnePlus will provide users with a better 5G experience.’
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Through the latest 5G flagship OnePlus 8, OnePlus completed the first low-band SA 5G data session with T-Mobile and Qualcomm. In the field test of the T-Mobile SA 5G network, the OnePlus R&D team has achieved a number of low-band 5G milestones, including the first complete voice call through VoNR calling technology, and the successful use of ViNR technology to achieve the first video connection. Also, it used the EPS Fallback technology making the first voice and video call.
Liu Zuohu pointed out that currently SA (Independent Networking) and NSA (Non-Independent Networking) are the two 5G networking models that are common worldwide. In comparison, SA has advantages in ultra-low latency and network slicing technology. Also, it can realize more features and functions of 5G networks.
OnePlus began investing in the research and development of 5G products in 2016. In 2019, OnePlus and the operator EE released the first commercial 5G smartphone in the UK. Then, it launched the first commercial 5G smartphone in Finland with the operator Elisa. In the United States, OnePlus and the operator T-Mobile released the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren 5G version. This is also the world’s first smartphone equipped with the Qualcomm X55 5G baseband.
Counterpoint data shows that OnePlus accounted for 11% of the US 5G smartphone market in 2019, ranking third. This year, OnePlus released its new flagship OnePlus 8 series. It has achieved global support for the three mainstream 5G frequency bands of low frequency, intermediate frequency Sub 6, and high-frequency millimeter wave.