OPPO adds 5G SA-Compatible eSIM to Find X3 Pro

28 May 2021 | Capacity Team

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OPPO has partnered with Thales on the world’s first 5G Standalone-compatible embedded SIM (eSIM).

Based on Thales' technology, OPPO's 5G SA eSIM-based Find X3 Pro handset provides the advanced 5G experience offered by 5G SA networks, as well as providing both users and mobile operators with the benefits of eSIM technology.

"As a leading global technology company, OPPO has been driving the development of 5G technology since the very beginning. We see eSIM as an exciting prospect to pursue our commitment to providing innovative 5G experiences for users,” said Xia Yang, senior director of carrier product at OPPO.

Thales is OPPO's key eSIM solutions partner, with its technology already included in the OPPO Watch.

Thales provides both hardware-based eSIMs and eSIM connectivity management, with more than 200 eSIM management platforms awarded by mobile operators, operator alliances, MVNOs, and OEMs across the world.

The two integrated Thales’ eSIM solution into the Find X3 Pro through eSIM server validation, device debugging, verification, and function development. OPPO and Thales have also worked with mobile operators to conduct network interoperability tests to check that users can enjoy two simultaneous active lines using a removable SIM and an eSIM with their Find X3 Pro.

This collaboration also showcases the success of implementing a 5G SA on an eSIM-compatible device for the first time.

“Through our collaboration with Thales, we have made the Find X3 Pro one of the first devices in the world to be equipped with the 5G SA-Compatible eSIM. As 5G SA networks are being adopted around the world, the addition of the 5G SA-Compatible eSIM brings more possibilities for Find X3 Pro users worldwide," Yang continued.

5G SA (Standalone) networks are being deployed by mobile operators around the world and OPPO and Thales said they are the first in the world to support a 5G SA network on an eSIM-powered device.

Unlike traditional SIM cards which must be physically inserted into devices, an eSIM, or embedded SIM, is directly built into the device. In addition to mobile – and smart watches – they are being widely adopted in Connected Vehicles and Industrial Internet of Things devices.