OPPO announced today the launch of its new research institute according to local news media reports. The new OPPO research institute is headquartered in Shenzhen and has research schools located in major Chinese cities (Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen), Japan’s Yokohama, and the US Silicon Valley.

OPPO, the Chinese consumer electronics and smartphone maker, has been quietly bolstering its tech capabilities. Liu Chang, the newly appointed head of OPPO’s research institute, said the research schools will focus on accelerating the development of three main areas—software, hardware, and standards—and will emphasize cutting-edge research in areas including 5G, AI, and image processing.

OPPO has also been collaborating with universities across the world. The company has jointly set up a lab with Stanford University called the OPPO-Stanford Collaboration Lab to explore AI technology and applications. For research in 5G, OPPO has teamed up with the New York University and a number top-ranking universities in China.

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Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.