MWC isn’t just about product launches. Far from it, it’s about innovation and showing what the future holds for the industry.
In previous years, the emphasis was on 5G. But in 2022, 5G is now pretty much standard on all but the most entry-level handsets.
There’s still plenty to talk about for sure, especially in the field of VR, AR, automotive, and industrial usage, but it isn’t necessarily worthy of the same news coverage as it once was – although Oppo did show off its latest 5G router (CPE) also.
What is definitely becoming competitive is in the field of battery charging, safety and longevity, as even with larger capacity batteries now in many devices, the extra power demands from bright HDR displays, 4K and 8K video cameras, and PC-rivalling CPUs and GPUs, means any flagship phone is going to need recharging sooner rather than later.
Now Oppo has joined the crowd by saying it will also use 150W charging in future device.
Regardless of the differing names from the three brands, the charging technology is the same (this means chargers for a OnePlus will work on an Oppo, or a Realme, and vice versa).
However, Oppo went one step further by showing off an even faster 240W charging rate. The charging potential is quite incredible – with a prototype device being able to charge a 4,500mAh battery in just nine minutes. Yes, that’s right – 9.
An embedded BHE (Battery Health Engine) is especially important to maintain safety, as well as ensuring a high number of recharge cycles. Oppo claims that the lifespan is actually improved with the 150W charger over its existing 65W one.
It isn’t clear when the 240W charging will be offered on an actual product, but it’s likely we’ll see the 150W chargers appearing later in the year.
At this point, with Xiaomi also offering similar charging advances, one must wonder what Samsung and Apple intend to do this year to catch up.
“Despite the many challenges we’ve faced over the past years, the telecommunications industry has still seen positive development, and we at OPPO have seen steady growth. Technologies like the 240W SUPERVOOC flash charge demonstrate our leadership in innovation, while devices such as the OPPO 5G CPE T2 highlight the new directions our business is heading. Through our new brand proposition, ‘Inspiration Ahead’, OPPO uses innovation and collaboration to collectively overcome challenges with our partners, bringing human-centric and inspiring technology experiences to users around the world.”Billy Zhang, Vice President of Overseas Sales and Service, OPPO
Oppo 5G CPE T2
Oppo’s latest 5G router aims to improve the performance in offices or the home, by using Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X62 model with Oppo’s O-Reserve 2.0 smart antenna technology.
Offering a reliable, and fast, Wi-Fi connection is essential to fully realise the improved speeds available on 5G, and the router is also equipped with Ethernet too.
The OPPO 5G CPE T2 features a Qualcomm SnapdragonTM X62 5G Modem-RF system, which OPPO has worked with Qualcomm to further optimize, achieving over 20% increases in data transfer speeds versus the platform baseline. In terms of compatibility, the T2’s hardware architecture is designed so that the Snapdragon X62 5G modem can be interchanged with the Snapdragon X65 modem, enabling OPPO to upgrade the T2 if needed based on operator clients’ requirements for different markets.
For the T2’s antenna, OPPO has introduced its latest O-Reserve 2.0 smart antenna technology, which monitors signals received by 8 antennas in real time and selecting 4 of these antennas based on the gain strength and signal quality to form a downlink route. This helps maintain high antenna gain in all direction. When comparing the downlink speed with O-reserve 2.0 turned on and off, there is an improvement of at least 10% in terms of download speeds on the T2 (based on lab data).
OPPO’s own Wi-Fi Channel Selection Technology further enhances connectivity through real-time monitoring of network channels. By testing and analyzing the different channels in real time, the technology ensures users are always connected to the optimal channels and enjoy the fastest connection possible.Oppo Press Release, February 28th
The router is most likely going to be sold by networks rather than being sold SIM-free (although other routers are often available to import) and Oppo has reached agreements with carriers around the world for a release in the second half of the year.