OPPO officially presented the first smartphone in the world to have the eSIM 5G SA (Standalone) function. The device in question is not exactly a novelty, as we are talking about the OPPO Find X3 Pro which reports the functionality in question thanks to the company’s collaboration with Thales to ensure that this device is the first to support the 5G SA network on an eSIM.
The eSIM is an integrated SIM card that does not need to be inserted into the smartphone like a traditional SIM card. The SA (Standalone Network) architecture is one of the mainstream architectures of the future 5G network. This network can achieve lower latency and higher flexibility.
Xia Yang, Senior Director of Oppo Carrier Products, said: “Through technical cooperation with Thales this time, we have jointly integrated Find X3 Pro into the world’s first terminal products to introduce eSIM 5G SA function.”
Thales is a supplier of hardware solutions for managing eSIM and eSIM connections. Oppo’s first connected watch with a built-in cellular network function, the OPPO Watch series, uses the eSIM solution provided by Thales.
This time, Oppo and Thales have launched research and development cooperation. Thales has integrated its eSIM solution into Find X3 Pro. It also made some tweaks to eSIM server adaptation, debugging / checking, and much more.
Joint network debugging ensures that the phone supports two SIM cards and one eSIM. This means that the user can simultaneously use the two traditional SIMs and the eSIM. In addition, companies had to ensure that the 5G SA network is active on the eSIM side. It is the very first smartphone to use this feature.
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