Oppo has made some announcements at Mobile World Congress Shanghai today, including new partnerships that will see its VOOC flash charging technology used by other companies, and a wireless charging solution to take on Xiaomi.
The most interesting news from today’s event is that Oppo is working on a wireless air charge similar to the one Xiaomi has already introduced. It is said to be a feature of the Oppo X 2021 roll up concept phone that will start charging when it is within 10cm of its special charging pad. You can continue to use the phone while it is charging, as long as you are not too far from the charger. While Xiaomi’s Mi Air Charge only supports 5W charging at present, Oppo says its version can go up to 7.5W; the race is now on to see who can ship this technology in a consumer device first.
With The Flash Initiative, Oppo will license VOOC charging so that it can be integrated into a range of third-party products. The first partners to be named are Anker, Volkswagen, and NXP Semiconductors, so expect to see fast-charging technology in cars, mobile accessories, and also in various public spaces in the coming years.
Oppo’s last announcement of the show was the 5G CPE Omni. It is a 5G WiFi hub built around Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 5G RF-modem system. It uses the sub-6GHz spectrum with eight different antennas working in tandem to produce the best possible signal. It can also rotate its position to ensure optimal millimeter wave reception and downlink speeds of up to 4.06 Gbps. It’s designed for home or office use, although we don’t have pricing information yet.