Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has connected to T-Mobile’s standalone (SA) network with a commercial device, bringing the power of 5G SA to users in the United States. Together with T-Mobile and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., OnePlus held the first low-band SA 5G data session with its latest premium flagship smartphone the OnePlus 8.
“This is an important milestone for OnePlus and our long-time partners in the journey to bring users the best possible 5G experience,” said Pete Lau, founder and CEO of OnePlus. “OnePlus went all in on 5G with the launch of the OnePlus 8 series. As we continue to lead in 5G research and development, we look forward to opening up even more possibilities and connecting more people around the world with a fast and smooth 5G experience.”
The OnePlus Research and Development (R&D) team included a number of low-band 5G milestones in the recent field testing on the T-Mobile SA 5G network, such as the first voice over new radio (VoNR) call, the first voice call with evolved packet system (EPS) fallback and the first video call with EPS fallback.
“We are proud of the significant 5G milestones achieved with T-Mobile and OnePlus that are instrumental in unlocking the potential of 5G to deliver exciting new experiences for consumers as well as increased performance and cost-effectiveness for businesses across the United States,” said Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 Mobile Platform will help create 5G-enabled experiences and transform how the world connects, computes and communicates.”
OnePlus has been among the fastest in the industry to bring 5G devices to users since 2016. The company has invested nearly USD 30 million to scale up 5G R&D labs, showcasing its commitment to bringing 5G technology to more users worldwide.