It’s safe to say that the rollout of 5G cellular networks is now in full swing. With operators racing to be the first to bring a new generation of services to customers, and with standards still being finalized, there’s no shortage of surprises when it comes to 5G. That said, it looks like China Telecom is next on the list of carriers getting their own special version of 5G. The carrier has now publicly revealed its plans for an OPPO-made A97 5G phone with support for the new network standard...
What’s Going on With China Telecom and 5G?
China Telecom is one of the world’s biggest carriers. It’s also the first to publicly commit to launching 5G services before the end of this year. Earlier this year, the operator said it would start rolling out 5G across the country in the third quarter. That’s expected to include major cities including Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. The promise of 5G is to increase network capacity and reduce latency, which will make it better suited for services like augmented or virtual reality. That’s why companies like Qualcomm and Samsung are already working on 5G chipsets. China Telecom is expected to use an existing network standard called Non-Standalone (NSA). For comparison, Verizon and AT&T are expected to use the more common Standalone (SA) standard. The reason for the difference is tied to the fact that China Telecom’s network is built using different frequencies than those used by other countries.
OPPO A97 5G Specs and Features
As per the photos that show up on the website, the OPPO A97 5G will adopt a sliding design with a 6.56-inch IPS display. It will be equipped with Mediatek Helio 810 , 8GB of RAM, and a 5,000mAh Li-lon battery. For photography, the device will have a 48-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 8-megapixel selfie camera. It will also support 5G, but only in the NSA variant. Exact details are unavailable, but it’s likely the OPPO A97 5G will support LTE-Advanced, LTE-Advanced Pro, 5G, and the next-generation 5G New Radio (NR) standard. The device’s 5,000mAh battery will likely be charged over USB-C.
5G Phone: OPPO A97 Appears in Ads on China Telecom Website
The OPPO A97 5G phone will be the carrier’s first 5G device and could be launched as early as this week. It’s unlikely that the A97 will be available outside China, at least not at launch. Images of the device appear on the carrier’s website, but are now gone. The images show an iPhone-looking device with a square camera housing and a large OPPO logo at the back. China Telecom is expected to launch the device on October 31, 2022. It’ll likely be sold only through the carrier’s online store, at least at first. More details are likely to be released by the end of the week.
The rollout of 5G cellular networks is now in full swing. With operators racing to be the first to bring a new generation of services to customers, and with standards still being finalised, there’s no shortage of surprises when it comes to 5G. That said, it looks like China Telecom is next on the list of carriers getting their own special version of 5G. The carrier has now publicly revealed its plans for an OPPO-made A97 5G phone with support for the new network standard. The device could be launched as early as this week, but availability details are unknown. It’s certain that the A97 won’t be a global device, at least not at first.