Qualcomm, in partnership with several Chinese OEMs such as OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, Nubia and ZTE at China Unicom Partner Conference, today announced support for the launch of China Unicom’s 5G. The company has already launched in the European market in partnership with Swisscom.
It was up to the manufacturers to supply the Snapdragon 855 enabled smartphones with the X50 5G modem. In addition, the devices feature an integrated RF transceiver and RF front-end solution from Qualcomm Technologies.
“For the past decades, our technology has been a foundation for the wireless evolution. It takes many years of R&D, specification, prototyping, testing, trials, and product development to bring a new generation of mobile technology to China and the world,” said Frank Meng, Chairman, Qualcomm China, QUALCOMM International, Inc. “Like previous generations, 5G is the result of more than a decade of collaborative efforts by Qualcomm Technologies and our ecosystem partners, with the mission of preparing the mobile industry for 5G rollout starting this year. We’re excited for Chinese consumers to experience 5G’s truly transformative wireless experience in 2019.”
“China Unicom is excited to work closely with the broader ecosystem to accelerate 5G launch in China. We are preparing for the arrival of the 5G era,” said Qiang Fu, general manager, network expansion department, China Unicom. “Because accelerating the path to 5G in the unified 3GPP specification is critical to the industry and consumers, China Unicom has been committed to collaborating with partners across the industry to provide users with 5G NR-compliant products and services that will enable successful 5G commercialization.”
China Unicom will be the first operator in the country to deliver 5G experiences to its consumers. With 5G smartphones equipped with Qualcomm chips and modems, consumers can now benefit from multi-gigabit peak speeds and extremely low latency.