ZTE MC801 VS Huawei 5G CPE Pro

As the first 5G WiFi router, Huawei 5G CPE Pro is now being well-known by many customers worldwide and it has been available for a few months. As the competitor to Huawei, ZTE is also one of the important 5G vendors in the world and its new 5G router ZTE MC801 is available recently. For many users, they wonder which one is better between ZTE MC801 and Huawei 5G CPE Pro? And what’s the difference between Huawei 5G CPE Pro and ZTE MC801? Today, we will compare the two 5G wireless routers to provide some clue for the advantage and disadvantage from the two Chinese 5G vendors.

ZTE MC801 VS Huawei 5G CPE Pro Appearance Difference

From the ZTE MC801 review and Huawei 5G CPE Pro review, you may get some knowledge about the two routers. They both have cool and modern design. Below the images will show the design difference. The Huawei 5G CPE Pro looks similar to its predecessor model Huawei B618 4G Router. ZTE MC801 Router adopts the runway-type streamline design, which won iF Design Award 2019. The design looks really cool.

On front of the routers, they both have some LED indicators to show the connection status. Huawei 5G CPE Pro show the 5G, 4G and WiFi status with a button for Hilink while ZTE 5G Router MC801 shows the status of Network, WiFi, SIM, and Power. On the back, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro (H112-372) has two LAN ports(one also for WAN), one power button, two connectors for external antenna. The ZTE 5G CPE has two LAN ports, one USB Type C port and one WPS button. Unlike the Huawei 5G CPE Pro and the predecessor models such as ZTE MF275R, there is no connector for external antenna. So if you are located at somewhere with weak signal, ZTE MC801 may not be a good option because it can’t provide the possibility to connect external 4G or 5G antennas.

The two 5G WiFi CPEs both use NANO SIM cards. And the SIM card slots are located at the bottom of the router with the reset button. At the side of the SIM Card slot, the model number, IMEI number, WLAN name/SSID, WiFi key and IP log in address are listed. The difference is that ZTE MC801 tells the two WLAN SSID names for 2.4GHz and 5GHz, and ZTE MC801 tells the IP log in password (not admin as 4G WiFi routers). Huawei 5G CPE Pro don’t tell the IP log in password because it will be same as the WiFi connection password, which needs to be set up by the users. At the beginning, the WLAN network of the Huawei 5G CPE is open.

Huawei 5G CPE Pro VS ZTE MC801 Specifications

We summarized the specifications for Huawei 5G CPE Pro and ZTE MC801 in the table for your reference.

 

Model Huawei 5G CPE Pro ZTE MC801
Product type 5G WiFi Router 5G WiFi Router
5G Network Mode NSA/SA NSA
Chipset Balong 5000 Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 + IPQ8072 + SM8150
 Standard 3GPP Release 15 3GPP Release 15
5G Peak Data rates DL 2.33Gbps,UL 1.25Gbps DL 2.22Gbps, UL 211Mbps
4G Peak Data rates DL 1.6Gbps, UL 150Mbps DL 2Gbps/UL 211Mbps
Variant model H112-370 and H112-372 ZTE MC801A
Supported 5G LTE frequency bands * Huawei H112-372: n41/n77/n78/n79
* Huawei H112-370: n78
ZTE MC801: n41/n77/n78/n79
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands * Huawei H112-372:  B1/3/5/7/8/18/19/20/28/32/34/38/39/40/41/42/43
* Huawei H112-370: B1/3/5/7/8/18/19/20/28/32/34/38/39/40/41/42/43
ZTE MC801: 600MHz~3.8GHz
WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax(WiFi 6), dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax(WiFi 6), dual-band
Max supported users ? 128 users
MIMO 4 X 4 MIMO 4 X 4 MIMO
Antenna Two, TS-9 connectors N/A
Buy Antenna Huawei 5G CPE Pro External Antenna N/A
App management Huawei SmartHome App N/A
SIM Size NANO SIM NANO SIM
Battery No No
Dimensions 99 × 107 × 215mm 225 x 154.5 x 87 mm
Interfaces * 1 x power adapter port
* 1 x WAN / LAN GE port
* 1 x LAN GE port
* 1 x telephone port(RJ11)(depends)
* Two external LTE antenna ports (TS-9 type)
* One SIM card slot
* 1 x power adapter port
* 2 x LAN GE port
* 1 x USB type C port
* One SIM card slot
Datasheet Huawei 5G CPE Pro Datasheet(PDF) ZTE MC801 Datasheet(PDF)
User Manual Huawei 5G CPE Pro User Manual(PDF) ZTE MC801 User Manual(PDF)
Other features  firewall, PIN protection, MAC address filtering, Wi-Fi encryption authentication, VPN tunnel / VPN penetration, IP penetration, IPv6 and IPv6 / IPv4 dual stack, multi-APN, WeBUI, administrator maintenance, HOTA, etc MAC address filtering, Wi-Fi encryption authentication, VPN, IPv6 support, VoLTE, DMZ, SSID, Guest SSID, Port Forwarding, Watchdog Service, DHCP settings, network selection, APN settings etc.
Firmware download Huawei 5G CPE Pro Firmware ZTE MC801 Firmware
Review Huawei 5G CPE Pro Review ZTE MC801 Review
Price/USD 699.00USD 799.00USD

Summary

From the table, we can see they have different chipsets which deceide they support different network mode: Huawei 5G CPE Pro support 5G NR dual mode: NSA/SA while ZTE MC801 supports only NSA mode. Huawei 5G CPE Pro has two variant models now, while ZTE MC801 has only one model now. Perhaps there will be more variant models available in near future.

Huawei 5G CPE Pro has two connectors like other Huawei 4G WiFi Routers, but ZTE MC801 doesn’t provide the connector for external antenna, which is not good for many users. Per our experience, many of 4G router users may need external antenna to get better signal and faster surfing speeds.

They both provide the WiFi 6 and this would be the mainstream for 5G wireless devices. Huawei 5G CPE Pro provide the APP management option by Huawei SmartHome APP, however, ZTE MC801 has no this option. According to our check, ZTE MC801 settings can only be done through a browser. And it provides PC and Mobile settings option, which means, users can do the setup through web browser from a cell phone.

The ZTE MC801 price is higher than that of Huawei 5G CPE Pro, perhaps because the Qualcomm chipset is more expensive than Huawei Balong chipset. One thing we have to mention is that the ZTE MC801 is much heavier than Huawei 5G CPE Pro. We suppose this is due to the complex heat radiation system in the router.

 

Regarding the real performance of surfing speeds, we will take future test in near future.

 

ZTE MC801 5G Indoor WiFi Router Review

Last month, ZTE announced its 5G series products in Guangzhou at China Mobile 2019 Global Partner Conference, including the ZTE’s first industrial 5G module ZM9000 and its first 5G indoor CPE MC801. Now we get the ZTE 5G CPE MC801 and we will check more details about this new 5G WiFi CPE.

ZTE MC801 5G Router Appearance and Design

From the first glance, you may not recognize the ZTE MC801 is a 5G wireless router. It looks more like a humidifier or an air cleaner. The design looks cool in white color. With its unique design, the runway-type streamline design ZTE MC801 won iF Design Award 2019. And it is also the industry’s smallest commercial 5G gateway router.

ZTE 5G indoor router also has superior heat dissipation capacity than the previous generation. With vertical chimney air duct design, aerodynamic self-accelerating heat dissipation, and built-in custom powerful radiator, it can increase heat dissipation efficiency by 10%.

 

On the front, there are seven indicators available under the ZTE logo, which can indicate the status of Network, SIM Card, WiFi and Power. On the back of the body, ZTE MC801 provides dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, a flexible connection of various types of wired devices, providing stable, high-speed, low-latency 5G network services for industrial applications. One of the GE ports is for both WAN and LAN. Under the GE Ports, one RJ11 telephone port is provide with the power plug port.

Like the competitor Huawei 5G CPE Pro, the ZTE MC801A router locates the SIM card slot at the bottom with the power on/off button. The model number ZTE MC801 and other information are also on the bottom label, including the model number MC801, IMEI Number, WLAN SSID & WiFi Key, Management IP address(192.168.0.1) & log in password, Made in China and manufacturer company. However, there is no connector for external 5G antenna in the ZTE MC801A Router.

ZTE MC801 5G indoor router Specifications

Powered on Qualcomm Snapdragon X50, it supports 100MHz ultra-wide bandwidth and max downlink rate of 2.8Gbps which enables consumers to enjoy ultra-fast 5G networks. While the competitor Huawei 5G CPE Pro supporting 5G SA/NSA dual-mode, the ZTE 5G router MC801 supports only NSA mode. It supports 5G NR bands on Sub6G n41, n77, n78, n79 with 4G LTE network compatible backward with support of LTE Cat20. ZTE MC801 5G CPE can provide dual-mode WiFi 2.4GHz and 5GHz with 4 x 4 MIMO technology. One of the hot features is supporting Wi-Fi 6 technology (802.11ax), and allowing a maximum of 128 Wi-Fi users to access the 5G network at the same time.

ZTE MC801 User Manual and Datasheet

Since ZTE MC801 router is recently announced, ZTE didn’t provide the source to download the user manual and datasheet. We suppose they will be available for download soon.

 

ZTE MC801 5G CPE Price and Availability

Here now ZTE MC801 5G CPE is available for buy in some online stores such as www.4gltemall.com . And the price is 799.00USD. Many of the latest 5G terminals are at this price range. Before you buy this 5G router, you’d better check whether 5G coverage is available at your location and whether the ZTE MC801 supports the available 5G frequency bands, and then buy it if it suits.

ZTE ZM9000 5G SA/NSA Module Launched

Last month, ZTE Corporation, one of the major telecommunication supplier and network solution provider, launched a new 5G module in China. The 5G module model number is ZTE ZM9000, which is empowered by the second generation Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System. ZTE announced they completed a 5G data connection with a 5G network through the ZTE 5G module ZM9000.

 

According to ZTE official sayings, ZTE ZM9000 5G module based on Qualcomm SDX55 platform covers the the 4G/5G frequency band of the three major Chinese operators and supports both NSA and SA networks. It provides M.2 package with encapsulation technology. With the plug-and-play function and dimensions of 30 x 52 x 3.6 mm, the ZTE 5G module can be used in a variety of industrial products, including security protection cameras, 5G 8K TVs, and HD conference terminals.

In addition, the ZTE ZM9000 5G module boasts ultra-low standby power and a wide range of available interfaces. ZTE plans to launch commercial use of the ZM9000 in December 2019. The device will be widely used in the fields of intellectual production, including autonomous driving and remote control systems, preventive maintenance of robotics, HD cameras, industrial gateways and oil production. Those well-known application scenarios, such as UAV, HD live broadcast, 5G 8K TV and cloud storage, will also be upgraded thanks to new 5G modules. More specifications of ZTE ZM9000 are unknown yet.

 

ZTE is working to expand the application of 5G technology with the transition from individual home systems and live HD broadcasts to innovative scenarios through the commercial implementation of a variety of 5G terminal devices – ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G and the latest upgarded ZTE Axon 10s Pro 5G, 5G indoor router ZTE MC801, ZTE 5G Module ZM9000 etc.

 

Actually, many of ZTE’s competitors were already launched their 5G modules, please see below the 5G modules which will also be available in 2020:

 

Telit 5G module:

 

Huawei 5G module:

 

Fibocom 5G module:

 

Quectel 5G module:

 

Sierra Wireless 5G module:

 

 

 

 

 

SIMCOM 5G Modules:

 

LongSung 5G module:

Telit FN980m – First Industrial Grade 5G M.2 Data Card Launched

A few days ago, Telit launched a new 5G industrial grade WWAN card in M.2 form factor. The model number is Telit FN980m. Based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System, the FN980m data card supports Sub-6GHz FDD/TDD and LTE Category 20 – 7x carrier aggregation. For millimeter wave operation the 5G M.2 data card can be paired with the Qualcomm® QTM525 mmWave antenna module for near-the-ground low power indoor and outdoor applications; it is currently the only 5G data card in the market that is compatible with the Qualcomm® QTM527 mmWave extended-range antenna module for high-mount outdoor applications.

The key specifications of Telit FN980m data card include:

 

  • Telit 5G Module
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem
  • 5G Sub-6 and mm Wave FDD and TDD, SA & NSA operations
  • 5G core network Opt. 3a/3x and Opt. 2
  • 4G: 7CA, up to 20 layers DL / 3CA UL,256 QAM DL/UL
  • 3G: HSPA+ Rel. 8 (DL/UL 42/11 Mbps)
  • Data Rates:

– 5G up to 5.5 Gbps DL/2.7 UL Gbps
– 4G up to 2.4 Gbps DL/211 Mbps UL
– 3G up to 42 DL/11 UL Mbps

  • GNSS: gpsOne Gen9 L1 band on dedicated RF connector, L5 shared with cellular
  • Voice support: VoLTE, VoNR (under evaluation), PCM audio over USB
  • 4 antenna connectors for LTE/Sub-6
  • 4 mmWave antennas supported
  • 5G FR1 Bands: n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n12, n14, n20, n28, n30, n41, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79
  • 5G FR2 Bands: n257, n258, n260, 261
  • LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 71, 25, 66, 39, 29 (DL), 30, 32, 7, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 46 (LAA), 48(CBRS), 34, 27
  • WCDMA Bands: 5, 8, 3, 4, 2, 1, 9, 19
  • 5G 4×4 MIMO support on bands n1, n2, n7, n66, n3, n77, n78, n79, n41 and n30
  • 4G 4×4 MIMO support on bands 32, 4, 66, 3, 2, 25, 1, 30, 40, 41, 7, 43, 42, 46, 48
  • Interfaces
    – 1.8/3 V SIM Interface
    – USB 3.1 gen2 and 2.0
    – PCIe gen3
    – Drivers support: Windows 10, Linux
  • Electrical & Sensitivity
    – LTE/5G sub 6 Output power: -23 dBm (power class 3)
    – Supply voltage: – Nominal: 3.3 VDC
  • Antenna types: 4x LTE/Sub-6 + 4x QTM525/527
  • FOTA Support
  • Operating temperature range: -40°C to +85°C
  • Dimensions: 30 x 50 x 3.5mm

 

The Telit FN980m 5G data card is designed for use globally, incorporating support for all scenarios prescribed by the 3GPP for short, mid and long-term deployments of 5G, including non-standalone LTE-5G NR dual connectivity (EN-DC), dynamic spectrum sharing between LTE and 5G, and full 5G NR standalone mode.

The Telit 5G data card enables new opportunities and markets for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), system integrators and service providers working with industrial routers and gateways, fixed wireless access, professional mobile high-resolution video broadcasting equipment and beyond.

 

 

OEMs in North America, Korea and Japan have already selected and designed in the FN980m data card, in application areas including the industrial IoT, enterprise networks and professional video broadcasting. Samples are currently shipping, with commercial shipments following in Q1 2020. Concluding regulatory certifications in multiple countries in Asia with operator and industry certifications expected for Europe and the Americas in Q1 2020.

 

Telit Announced New NB-IoT Modules – NE310H2 and NL865H2

Following a policy of product continuity, Telit recently accounced two new Narrow Band-IoT modules to the Telit portfolio, the NE310H2-W1 and NL865H2-W1. The launch of the two NB-IoT module NE310H2-W1 and NL865H2-W1 will address some of the major challenges OEMs, integrators and device designers have been facing. With a global set of bands from Telit unified family form factors, the LTE NB-IoT modules are ideal for 2G to 4G NB-IoT transition and offer the lowest power consumption for battery-driven applications that will help optimize cost. In addition to extending coverage for ubiquitous connectivity, use cases include smart metering for electricity, gas and water, smart city applications, smart agriculture and almost any type of industrial sensor or mass-deployment application—all of which benefit from low power and enhanced coverage without high data rate requirements.

 

 

With its 15x18mm LGA form factor, Telit NE310H2-W1 is perfect for size-constrained applications with low power consumption, pin-to-pin compatible with 2G and LTE-M modules of the miniature Telit xE310 Family. Optimized for ease-of-design, high yield and low-cost manufacturing, this module is compliant to 3GPP Release 14 Cat NB2. The NE310H2 is also backward compatible with 3GPP Release 13 and LTE Cat NB1 standard.

Telit NE310H2-W1 Specifications:

  • Category: LTE UE Category NB2 (200 KHz)
  • Target market: Worldwide
  • Support 4G LTE Bands: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B8, B12, B13, B18, B19, B20, B25, B26, B28, B66, B71, B85
  • 3GPP release 14 compliant
  • Half Duplex FDD
  • Single Rx, single antenna
  • 3GPP Rel. 12 Power Saving Mode(PSM)
  • 3GPP Rel. 13 Extended Discontinuous Reception (eDRX)
  • 3GPP Rel. 13 Extended coverage
  • 3GPP Rel.13 Release Assistance feature
  • Control via AT commands according to 3GPP TS27.005, 27.007
  • SMS over NB-IoT
  • IPv4/IPv6 stack with TCP and UDP protocol
  • TLS / DTLS
  • OMA Lightweight M2M (LWM2M)
  • Over-the-Air firmware update

 

 

 

 

With its well-known and widely deployed 24.4×24.4mm VQFN form factor, Telit NL865H2-W1 guarantees a smooth evolution for all those customers that want to upgrade and future proof their devices based on Telit 2G and 3G xL865 module, with limited redesign effort and optional built-in eSIM available for the NL865H2-W1 for connectivity integrated in the module. It is also LTE UE Category NB2 compliant to the latest 3GPP Release 14.

Telit NL865H2-W1 Specifications:

  • Category: LTE UE Category NB2 (200 KHz)
  • Target market: Worldwide
  • Support 4G LTE Bands: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B8, B12, B13, B18, B19, B20, B25, B26, B28, B66, B71, B85
  • 3GPP release 14 compliant
  • Half Duplex FDD
  • Single Rx, single antenna
  • 3GPP Rel. 12 Power Saving Mode(PSM)
  • 3GPP Rel. 13 Extended Discontinuous Reception (eDRX)
  • 3GPP Rel. 13 Extended coverage
  • 3GPP Rel.13 Release Assistance feature
  • Control via AT commands according to 3GPP TS27.005, 27.007
  • SMS over NB-IoT
  • IPv4/IPv6 stack with TCP and UDP protocol
  • TLS / DTLS
  • OMA Lightweight M2M (LWM2M)
  • Over-the-Air firmware update

 

 

According to Telit official sayings, the two Telit NB-IoT modules will be available in 2020 Q1.

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro Review

We had introduced the Huawei 5G mobile WiFi E6878-870 a couple of days ago. With this Huawei 5G portable WiFi router, Huawei also presented the brother/Pro model named “Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro”. The factory model for Huawei 5G mobile WiFi pro is E6878-370, which is similar to E6878-370 in the name and appearance.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro Appearance

If you have read our blog about Huawei 5G mobile WiFi E6878-870 review, you may know the design of the latest Huawei 5G mobile WiFi hotspots. The Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro adopts almost similar design and colors. On the front, there is a black band which has located the small display, huawei & 5G logo, and the base for wireless charge between them. There is a USB type-A and a type-C port for wired charging. It also has a power button and menu button at the side of SIM card slot. The suitable SIM card size is also NANO-SIM.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370

 

The Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370 has larger battery pack and it has the USB type-A port to charge other devices, so it’s thicker than E6878-870. And of course it weights more than E6878-870.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro Specifications

As the pro version of Huawei 5G wireless router, many technical specifications are same as the brother models.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370

Below are the general specifications of Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro:

 

  • Product type: 5G mobile WiFi router
  • Brand: Huawei
  • Model Number: E6878-370
  • Chipset: Balong 5000 platform(7 nm)
  • Support 5G/4G Networks
    • 5G network frequency bands: N41, N77, N78, N79
    • 4G network frequency bands: B1, B3, B5, B7, B8, B20, 28, B32, B34, B38, B39, B40, B41, B42
  • Standard: Compliant with 3GPP Release 15
  • 5G Data rates: downlink to 1.65Gbps, uplink to 250Mbps
  • 4G Data rates: downlink to 300Mbps, uplink to 75Mbps
  • WLAN:
    • 11 ac/a/n, 2×2
    • 11 b/g/n 2×2,MIMO
    • Speeds: 2.4GHz – 300Mbps, 5GHz – 867Mbps
  • Interfaces:
    • 1 x Type-A port
    • 1 x Type-C port
    • 1 x SIM card slot(for Nano-SIM card)
  • APP management: Huawei Smart Home APP
  • Battery: 8000mAh
  • Weight: 280g
  • Dimensions: 148mm×72mm×18mm

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370

Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro Unique functions

Comparing with Huawei 4G mobile WiFi hotspots such Huawei E5788u-96a, Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro has many unique and practical functions for users:

 

  1. Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro is packed with a non-removable battery which not only support long time working, but also it can charge other electric devices via USB cable or wirelessly.
  2. Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro supports 40W supercharge, which can make it get full power in much shorter time.
  3. Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro can provide three working mode: AI high-speeds railway mode, mobile phone gaming mode and broadcasting mode. The AI high-speeds mode means Huawei 5G mobile WiFi pro can automatically select the best signal from cell towers at the side of railway to connect so that users can enjoy the fastest possible speeds. And the phone gaming mode would be useful for cell phone gaming players. The broadcasting mode would provide smooth data transmission for Internet celebrity.

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370

Summary – Best 5G mobile WiFi Router

Based Huawei balong 5000 chipset, Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro can provide WiFi network for multiple users to surf the internet at high speeds. The powerful functions such large battery pack, SuperCharge and reversed charging, three working modes for different working scenarios. Since many other similar 5G mobile WiFi router such as HTC 5G hub, Netgear Nighthawk M2 don’t have these functions. We conclude the Huawei 5G mobile WiFi is the best 5G mobile WiFi hotspot till 2020!

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370

What’s the Difference between Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370 and E6878-870?

Recently, Huawei official released two 5G mobile WiFi router to the public. The two Huawei 5G portable WiFi routers have the name “Huawei 5G mobile WiFi” and “Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro”. And the specific model numbers for them are Huawei E6878-870 and E6878-370. If you had seen the pictures of two router 5G huawei, you may find they are very similar in appearance. However, they do have some difference. Then what’s the difference between the Huawei 5G mobile WiFi (E6878-870) and Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro(E6878-370)? You may find the answer in following content.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 VS E6878-370

Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370 VS E6878-870 Appearance

At the first glance of the two Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Router, they look very similar at the color, display, body size and even the logo location. But after further checking on details, you may find the difference. Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro is thicker and it has an USB output port, which is because Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro has larger battery pack and it can charge other devices. The 5G logo on the front are located at different places. The SIM card slot cap on Huawei E6878-370(Mobile WiFi Pro) is longer than that on E6878-870.

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 VS E6878-370

 

Huawei 5G MiFi E6878-370 VS E6878-870 Specifications

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Router Specifications Comparison
Name Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro
Model E6878-870 E6878-370
Product type 5G Mobile Hotspot 5G Mobile Hotspot
Chipset Balong 5000 Balong 5000
5G Network Mode NSA/SA NSA/SA
Data rates DL 1.65Gbps/UL 250Mbps DL 1.65Gbps/UL 250Mbps
Supported 5G/4G LTE frequency bands — 5G NR Band: N41, N77, N78, N79
— 4G LTE Band: B1, B3, B5, B7, B8, B20, 28, B32, B34, B38, B39, B40, B41, B42
— 5G NR Band: N41, N77, N78, N79
— 4G LTE Band: B1, B3, B5, B7, B8, B20, 28, B32, B34, B38, B39, B40, B41, B42
WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max supported users 20 users 20 users
MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO
Connector for external antenna No No
App management Huawei Smart Home APP Huawei Smart Home APP
SIM type NANO SIM NANO SIM
Battery Non-removable, 4000 mAh Non-removable, 8000 mAh
SuperCharge 18W QuickCharge – 40W Super charge
– 22.5W Wired Super Charge other devices
– 15W Wireless Super Charge other devices
Dimensions 148mm×72mm×12mm 148mm×72mm×18mm
Interface Port – 1 x Type-C port
– 1 x SIM card slot(for Nano-SIM card)
– 1 x Type-A port
– 1 x Type-C port
– 1 x SIM card slot(for Nano-SIM card)
Datasheet download Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Datasheet Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro Datasheet
User Manual Huawei 5G mobile WiFi User Manual Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro User Manual
Other features wireless network connection, WiFi connection, WiFi encryption, menu UI, WebUI, SMS, firewall, Pin protection, MAC filter, VPN penetration, IPv6/IPv4, HOTA update  wireless network connection(5G/4G), WiFi connection, WiFi encryption, menu UI, WebUI, SMS, power bank, firewall, Pin protection, MAC filter, VPN penetration, IPv6/IPv4, HOTA update
Firmware download Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Firmware Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro Firmware
Drivers Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Driver Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro Driver
Reviews Huawei 5G mobile WiFi E6878-870 Review Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370 Review
Price/USD 599.00USD 699.00USD

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 VS E6878-370

 

Summary

From the table above, we can see the core specifications of Huawei E6878-370 and E6878-870 are very similar. They both support dual-mode 5G networks NSA and SA based on 7nm Balong 5000 chipset. And the 4G networks are backward compatible. They can both work on same 5G & 4G frequency bands. You can also enjoy almost same 5G speeds when using the two 5G mobile WiFi hotspots. However, there are some differences which also decide why the Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro is more powerful:

 

  1. Huawei E6878-370 (5G Mobile WiFi Pro) has a larger battery of 8000mAh, which is double of E6878-870. The large battery makes Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi Pro(E6878-370) working for longer time and it can charge other devices. However, the larger battery makes it thicker.
  2. So Huawei E6878-370 (5G Mobile WiFi Pro) has a USB output port to connect other devices for wired charging.
  3. What’s more, Huawei E6878-370 (5G Mobile WiFi Pro) can provide supercharge for other devices wirelessly.
  4. Huawei E6878-370 (5G Mobile WiFi Pro) itself support 40W supercharge which makes it get full power in much shorter time.
  5. Not only Huawei E6878-370 (5G Mobile WiFi Pro) provides cell phone gaming model and broadcasting mode (Huawei E6878-870 has the two working modes), but also it can provide AI high-speed railway working mode, which let the WiFi hotspot automatically search and connect with the nearest cell tower so that users can get fastest possible speeds when the railway is going at high speeds on the way.

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 VS E6878-370

 

Based on these differences, the Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro E6878-370 price is higher than that of E6878-870. So if you are looking for a 5G mobile WiFi hotspot, you may check which one is preferred.

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 VS E6878-370

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 Review

A few months ago, Huawei released the newest 5G portable WiFi router in China and huawei online store starts to sell this new mobile 5G hotspot. We got the new Huawei 5G Pocket WiFi yesterday and let’s have a close look at the new 5G gadget.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 Package

The Huawei 5G mobile WiFi hotspot is packed in a white box, which is similar to many Huawei devices such as Huawei 4G WiFi router, WiFi extender. Since it’s released for China market, the language in the box is Chinese, so as the user manual. In our test, there are two languages available in the web UI. On the front, the Huawei 5G mobile WiFi image is printed in white color with black face.

On the side label, it tells the product type: 5G wireless data terminal and model number: E6878-870. And the network standard, network entrance number, color, IMEI & S/N numbers are included.

 

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 Appearance

The Huawei E6878-870 is in white and black color as showed below. On the front, there is a small LED screen which will show the connection status and other parameters. Unlike the predecessor model Huawei E5788u-96a, the Huawei 5G WiFi router can’t operate the setting through the display. The Huawei and 5G logos are on the front black. The power button and SIM card slot is at the edge side. Between them, there is a switch button, where user and press to switch the menus on the display to do simple settings. On the back, there is a small label showing the IMEI number and S/N number.

If you are unfamiliar with this new 5G pocket WiFi, you may thought it’s a new cell phone at first glance. The size of Huawei E6878 5G MiFi is much bigger than the predecessors, and it weights much like the Netgear Nighthawk M2 MR2100. The USB port is Type 3.0. There is no connector for external antenna. And it also has the Ethernet port like the Huawei E5885 Mobile WiFi hotspot.

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 Operation

Press the power on, the display of Huawei 5G portable router E6878 will show the slogan: welcome to 5G. It will also tell users to log in the 192.168.8.1 in a browser to configure the Huawei 5G mobile router. However, the default language is Chinese. To switch to Engligh, users need to log in the 192.168.8.1 in a browser. At the right head of the web page, there are two languages optional. You can select English as preferred language. Then you can follow the guide to setup the Huawei mobile 5G router.

 

As mentioned before, users can setup the Huawei 5G pocket WiFi router through the power button and switch button at the edge side. When the Huawei E6878 MiFi working, press the power button, it will show the menu. The switch button is the function of Next and the power button is the function of Confirm.

 

Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi E6878-870 Price

Since the Huawei E6878 5G mobile WiFi Hotspot is new and recently available, the price is not cheap now. But we suppose the price would be down from 2020 when more and more competitors’ 5G mobile router will be available.

 

 

We will take further test in following days and we will share our test report later.

Huawei FreeBuds 3 Test

There were very few wireless headphones with ANC on the market. Here comes a new headphone from Huawei: Huawei FreeBuds 3. Somebody may ask: what is ANC? ANC stands for Active Noise Cancellation or Active Noise Canceling. This is an attempt to suppress ambient noise with the help of sound.

Huawei FreeBuds: ANC with open design

Huawei has opted for an open design, the FreeBuds 3 feel in principle like normal AirPods from Apple. The difference is only that the color is in black. We think Apple may bring a black version from 2020. The FreeBuds 3 is just as well as AirPods in my ear. By the way, the pairing is quite fast and if you own a Huawei smartphone, then it is similar to the AirPods. Then the FreeBuds 3 are also automatically connected to other Huawei models, such as a tablet.

For Android users, there is the app “Huawei AI Life”, with which you can fix a few things in the FreeBuds 3. For example, the ANC, you can install updates and change the commands (controlled by double-tapping the page). This app is not available for iOS, but should be available later.

 

The case also feels like the AirPods, but is round. I think it’s nice and compact and it’s good for your pocket. The FreeBuds 3 have a good grip in the case and are easy to remove. You can charge either via Qi (wireless charging) or the standard USB C.

Huawei FreeBuds 3: How good is ANC?

Let’s get to the point that probably interests most: The sound is good and in this class “standard”, how does this design work with ANC? I must confess that this did not work well for me. I heard some noise with active ANC and the ambient noise was rather moderately isolated. For me the headphone does not completely shut off. It is therefore almost impossible to isolate all ambient noise, if the design still has an opening.

 

According to Huawei, the battery life is at 4 hours for playing music, 2.5 hous for voice talk, and 13 hours for standby. The battery of 410mAh is really not better than other similar earphones.

If you consider the Huawei FreeBuds 3 as a copy of the AirPods for Android, you could get an interesting product here. It’s also in black, with Qi, USB C and just an app for Android, which brings a few options.

But I also have to say that it did not work out so well for me with the ANC. There were moments when sounds could be isolated a bit, but I have just tested all three other in-ear models with ANC, and compared to these the FreeBuds 3 didn’t show better performance than them.

As an iPhone user you should rather choose the AirPods, because you get the benefits of Apple, the one with the ANC can be ignored in my opinion. The FreeBuds 3 could be a good alternative for Android users.

 

I was really looking forward to the Huawei FreeBuds 3 and as a fan of the normal AirPods (which I still use despite AirPods Pro), I was basically satisfied in everyday life. Even as an iPhone user you can use it conveniently.

Only with the active noise cancellation is just such a thing, with me ANC has not worked really well in everyday life. It was rustling and I got too much of my surroundings. Therefore, I would recommend anyone who really wants to use ANC, the in-ear design as an alternative.

FRITZ!Box 6850 5G Router Review

Together with various other products, AVM also presented the new FRITZ! Box 6850 5G at the IFA 2019 in Berlin. The Berlin-based company is thus the manufacturer of the world’s first all-in-one router for the new 5G mobile communications networks, which is available in more and more regions from 2019.

Features and Specifications of the AVM FRITZ!Box 6850

Manufacturer and model number AVM FRITZ! Box 6850 5G
Supported mobile standards 3G, 4G, 5G
5G network modes Non standalone
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon X55
Maximum 5G data rate N/A
5G frequencies yes, 5G band n78
4G LTE frequencies 700/800/900/1500/1800/2100/2600 MHz
Sub 6 GHz frequencies Sub-6 GHz
mmWave frequencies N/A
external antenna can be connected yes, 2 SMA connections(Buy FRITZ!Box 6850 5G external antenna)

Network properties (LAN & WiFi)

WLAN standards 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Maximum gross data rate with WLAN up to 1.266 Mbps
Supported WLAN bands 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
WLAN guest access can be installed Yes
WLAN encryption standards WPA, WPA2, WPS
Gigabit LAN yes, 4 ports
WAN port No

Telephone

Telephone Support Yes
Connection for ISDN telephones Yes
Connection for analog phones Yes
DECT yes, up to 6 devices
HD voice compatible Yes

Other features

IPv6 support; Dual stack Yes / Yes
NAS capable Yes
Power consumption approx. N/A
Suitable for IPTV Yes
Can be used as a media server Yes
USB ports on the back (1 x USB3.0)
Battery for self-sufficient operation No
Dimension and weight N/A

More information

Datasheet for download (PDF) not yet available
Manual for download (PDF) not yet available
Available at »On 1st quarter of 2020

 

 

5G FritzBox: 3G to 5G on board

The flagship of the new FRITZ! Box 6850 5G is of course the support of 5G with sub-6 GHz . This allows bandwidths of more than 2 Gbit/s and low latencies. But also the older mobile radio standards LTE (4G) with the bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20, 28 and 32 as well as UMTS (3G) are supported. For better reception, two SMA connectors are provided for connecting external antennas.

 

With the mobile networks, the 5G WiFi router allows further access to the Internet in addition to the classic DSL connection, where this new FRITZ! Box can of course also be connected. So it’s an all-in-one device that supports both mobile and fixed internet. In principle, it is similar to its predecessor, the 6890 LTE, since hybrid operation was also possible here.

WLAN with up to 1266 MBit/s

If there is a connection to the Internet, the FRITZ! Box 6850 5G with 4 x 4 MIMO, working with the Qualcomm SD X55 chipset, charges a WLAN. It supports dual band WLAN AC + N with 2.4 and 5 GHz including mesh. This allows transmission speeds of up to 1266 Mbps. In addition, four Gigabit LAN ports are available for connecting wired network devices.

 

 

5G router and telephone system in one

Of course, the AVM 5G router function includes that of a telephone system. This is no different with the new FRITZ! Box 6850 5G. It has a DECT base integrated so that up to six cordless DECT phones can be connected to it. In addition, it also offers a connection for an analog telephone or fax.

 

It is also interesting that the FRITZ! Box 6850 5G can be used as a smart home center. AVM offers a range of compatible products such as smart sockets, light bulbs and more that communicate with DECT radio. In addition, the FRITZ! Box 6850 5G also supports the typical features of AVM such as parental control, media server, FRITZ! NAS, WLAN guest access, MyFRITZ! and much more. The well-known remote access is also given at the 5G / LTE connection.

 

 

Market launch in early 2020

The market launch is only announced for the first quarter of 2020. The price is then also communicated, so we currently cannot know a price for the FRITZ! Box 6850 5G. However, this is likely to increase 20-30 percent above today’s 6890.