The commercialization of 5G just took off in China and many Chinese phone makers are now placing their orders for 5G chips. According to recent reports from Digitimes, a number of Chinese manufacturers including Oppo and Vivo have received multiple samples of its 5G chipset solutions from Samsung. These OEMs are now intensively testing Samsung 5G solution.
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OPPO and other Chinese mobile phone brands have already decided to launch the MediaTek Helio M70 5G mobile phones in the first half of 2020, in addition to purchasing chips from Qualcomm and Samsung. The South Korean company announced several 5G commercial chips in the first half of 2019, including Exynos 5100 modem, Exynos RF 5500 and the power management chip Exynos SM 5800. All three chips support the 5G NR sub-6 GHz band. They are also backward compatible with existing technologies.
At present, Samsung is actively seeking orders from mainland China’s mobile phone manufacturers and has now entered the verification stage. According to industry insiders, the 5G commercial process has been accelerated. In 2020, there will be large-scale 5G business opportunities, semiconductor supply chain systems such as first-line chip manufacturers and foundries, and no one wants to miss the first train.