Deep Dive: Leaping ahead in 5G with first-ever connection to Low-Frequency SA 5G network via OnePlus 8 Pro

  1. Pete
    Founder of OnePlus Staff Member May 25, 2020

    Pete , via OnePlus 8 Pro , May 25, 2020 :
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    Hi everyone,

    As you may all know about our latest 5G achievement, I would like to share with you some behind-the-scene stories of our commitment on 5G evolution.

    This spring, we worked with T-Mobile and Qualcomm to make the OnePlus 8 the first flagship device to make a data connection to a standalone (or SA) 5G network. This is the first successful use of a commercial device to connect to an SA 5G network in North America, and the first to do so with a low-frequency Sub-6 SA 5G network in the world.

    For OnePlus, this is our first big step in the industry since our "5G Grand Slam," where we completed support for all types of 5G from low-frequency Sub-6 to millimeter wave (mmW). I want to thank all of you who have been involved in making this happen.

    Creating the Greatest 5G Experience for All Users
    5G is a new generation of mobile technology, and the most complex to date, making it more difficult to implement. As you all know, our motto is "Never Settle," and we hope to push ourselves to create the single best experience we can for our users. 5G is naturally a part of that.

    Starting from last year, we've released the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, 7T Pro McLaren 5G, OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus 8 UW, and were the first to provide full coverage of low- and mid-frequency Sub-6 as well as mmW technologies. At the same time we've been developing ever better 5G experiences, including our development of SA 5G technology.

    In the current stage, all of the commercial 5G networks available around the world are "non-standalone" networks, basically meaning that at their core they still rely on 4G technology with some added 5G base stations. 

    But, to achieve the full potential of 5G – including the realization of self-driving cars, IoT, remote surgery, live VR/AR, and other technologies of the future – we will need networks that are truly 5G, through and through. And that means SA 5G.

    SA 5G uses 5G at its core, and can achieve network slicing, MEC, and ultra-low latency. To take latency as an example, current 4G LTE typically has end-to-end latency of tens to up to about 100ms, while SA 5G can theoretically reduce that down to just 1ms.

    This means that when you're playing a game on your phone, you won't even be able to feel the latency. And with that, cloud storage and gaming, as well as other applications, become virtually indistinguishable from local operations. You'll be able to play games on your phone that before you could only play on a gaming PC or console, without any difference in the experience.

    Standalone 5G, Together 
    If you want SA 5G on your phone, you need to account for everything, from the chip to the device itself, all the way through to the carrier's network.

    In January at CES, we reached an agreement with T-Mobile and Qualcomm to start jointly testing SA 5G on T-Mobile's network. Over the following four months, we used the all-new OnePlus 8 flagship to perform hundreds of lab and field tests, and worked together with Qualcomm and T-Mobile to overcome numerous technical challenges.

    This spring, we carried out successful tests on T-Mobile's SA 5G network, including SA 5G data session, VoNR, ViNR, and EPS-FB. This was the first successful low-frequency band SA 5G run with a commercial device in the world.

    All in 5G
    We know that in the future 5G will become a standard for all phones. To meet that new standard, we early on settled on the product direction of "All in 5G," committing our most important resources to the technology. And now, we have three 5G labs around the world, and in just the last two months we have invested 30 million USD to expanding and upgrading our labs.

    We will continue to strive, and bring everyone a true "Never Settle" 5G experience.

  2. Liehjan
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus Buds Pro Community Expert May 25, 2020

    Liehjan , May 25, 2020 :
    5G is the future, sadly the media only pushes the conspiracy theories about 5G... Almost no one knows the real usage of 5G, and what it's capable of. :)

  3. Dresa91
    User of the Year 2016; Most Active User 2020 Community Expert May 25, 2020

    Dresa91 , May 25, 2020 :
    well okay...no real benefit today...except in the manufacturers' wallets...
    I give 5G two or three more years, then it can be worth it.

  4. the_o2
    OnePlus 9 Series Expert Community Expert May 25, 2020

    the_o2 , May 25, 2020 :
    Wow 5G, and here I'm still searching to get the proper 4G speed :p.

    Thanks for the thread and information :)

  5. malidan
    Nougat May 25, 2020

    malidan , May 25, 2020 :
    Oneplus has become the home of gimmicks, always claiming nonsical firsts that mean nothing.
    5G has been active a good while now with penertration in most countries not worth talking about.

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  6. sdhayalan
    Honeycomb May 25, 2020

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  7. Batman360
    Oneplus Co-Creator Award 2021, Accessory Tester Writers' Club May 25, 2020

    Batman360 , May 25, 2020 :
    Nice Dive Pete. Hope the 5G tech gets cheaper with time and more and more people gets to use it.😊


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  9. O_3mmanu3l
    Eclair May 25, 2020

    O_3mmanu3l , May 25, 2020 :
    this is so true!!!

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  10. fragargon
    Jelly Bean May 25, 2020

    fragargon , May 25, 2020 :
    5G a very slow start but no doubt this technology will make its way for the next 15 years. :)

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  11. Chinda
    Jelly Bean May 26, 2020

    Chinda , May 26, 2020 :
    Your first four words were the most important "5G is the future" as it will be at least a decade or probably longer before some of the exciting technological stuff @Pete mentions begin to even happen with 5G.

    It's not the media putting the conspiracy theories about 5G out there. It's regular people who don't understand posting untrue crazy stuff about 5G on social media and YouTube.

  12. Owenhwc
    Cupcake May 26, 2020

  13. Mark Falsing
    Moderator Moderator May 26, 2020

    Mark Falsing , May 26, 2020 :
    There is so much potential with 5G, unfortunately some people look at the charts and see the bands and spectrum, and see that 5G can span into the hazardous area. They see the word radiation and go nuts.

  14. PremDB
    Cupcake May 26, 2020

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  15. Chinda
    Jelly Bean May 26, 2020

    Chinda , May 26, 2020 :
    OnePlus devices aren't officially available from OnePlus in Qatar. The nearest region to you that you can buy a OnePlus device is United Arab Emirates.

    If you bought a OnePlus 8 from a unofficial source you would have to check what 5G bands are in the phone. Then check your mobile carrier to see what 5G bands they use in the network.

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  16. PascalBro
    Donut May 26, 2020

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  17. jlasensiofi
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus 9 Series May 26, 2020

    jlasensiofi , May 26, 2020 :
    Thanks for the info, @Pete.

    There is no doubt that 5G is a breakthrough. The only thing missing is that mobile phone operators implement it as soon as possible.

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  18. Artemus
    Moderator, Community Hero 2020 Moderator May 26, 2020

    Artemus , May 26, 2020 :
    It'll take a LOT more time for it to be useful. Consider how long it took 4G to roll out and become useful.

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  19. jlasensiofi
    The Lab Reviewer - OnePlus 9 Series May 27, 2020

    jlasensiofi , May 27, 2020 :
    Yes, you are right, but I hope that in this case it will be achieved more quickly.

  20. G_plusone
    Nougat May 29, 2020