Oppo 5G 230Vivo took 600,000 reservations before the official August 22 launch at US$536. It's a 6.4' premium quality phone. Previously, the cheapest phone was $580, the iQOO 5G from OPPO. 

Vivo hasn't put a particle accelerator in the phone, but I couldn't resist the illustration. It has 3 cameras in the rear, a 4500 mAh battery, hybrid zoom, etc. OPPO may include AR glasses in a promotion. 

Except for one Xiaomi, all the phones in the west are over $1,000. Airfreighting a phone costs about a dollar. Any carrier that wants 5G customers should send an exec to China, talk to OPPO, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE, and have the most affordable 5G offering in the market.  

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Welcome  Asia is installing hundreds of thousands of 5G radios and adding 5G subs by the tens of millions. The west is far behind. 200,000,000 in 2020

The demand is there, and most of the technology works. Meanwhile, the hype is unreal. Time for reporting closer to the truth.

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