Samsung Galaxy S20 S20+ and S20 Ultra Smartphone Released

In the past few days there have been numerous leaks regarding the upcoming Galaxy new series from Samsung and, as expected, the press photos have now landed on the net. As you may guess, the Samsung Galaxy S20 series is about to be launched.

Let’s start with the most exciting model of all, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. That will be available in Cosmic Gray and Cosmic Black (maybe ceramic?) And it starts at 1349 euros with 128 GB of memory. If you want 512 GB, you have to put 1549 euros on the table.

 

It continues with the Samsung Galaxy S20, which will come in Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue and Cloud Pink (there are no pictures here yet). The 4G version costs 899 euro and who wants 5G, the price is around 999 Euro. Incidentally, the S20 Ultra is only available with 5G, so we only have one price.

The last one is the Samsung Galaxy S20+, which comes in Cosmic Black, Cosmic Gray and Cloud Blue. That costs 1099 euros with 5G, but there is no question of 4G. Maybe there is only 5G, let’s see.

 

So, as expected, it will not be cheap, although you can always deduct a few euros from Samsung if you wait a short time. I’m also pretty sure that there will be some promotions at the market launch, free Galaxy Buds or something like that should be the case again in 2020.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Series Prices Predication

 

While the Plus and Standard predecessors developed quite similarly in the first month after the start of sales with four and 4.5 percent, the Plus models were somewhat more stable afterwards.

 

After three months, the S8, S9 and S10 were on average 26 percent below the starting price. Galaxy S8+, S9+ and S10+ were “just” 19 percent cheaper. Depending on how expensive the devices are at the start, this amount is to around 200 to 250 euros for the new S20 series.

 

The Galaxy S20 could be 30 percent cheaper after just four months (€275), the Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra will break the 30 percent mark after just over five months. Then they already cost 320 and even 400 euros less, if the price developments behave similarly to the predecessors.

 

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.

 

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

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.

 

Huawei Released New 5G Mobile WiFi Hotspot E6878

A few days ago, Huawei also launched the 5G mobile WiFi hotspots in the model number of Huawei E6878, which will be available for 5G networks in China next month in addition to new 5G mobile phone.

As introduced by Huawei, the Huawei 5G moible WiFi is world’s first 5G dual-mode mobile WiFi hotspot. And the series have two models: one is the standard version and the other is Pro version. They got the official name Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi(Model Number: E6878-870) and Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro (Model Number: E6878-370). There are two colors for the 5G mobile routers: White and Black.

They are both with built-in Balong 5000 chipset, which can convert 5G signals into high-speed WiFi, allowing non-5G mobile phones, tablets, laptops, etc. to enjoy high speed. They can support 5G NSA/SA dual mode. Type-C connection speed can reaches 1.65Gbp, and WiFi connection peak speed can reach 867Mbps.

 

The Huawei 5G mobile WiFi has battery capacity of 4000mAh while the Huawei 5G mobile WiFi Pro version is with built-in large capacity battery of 8000mAh, and supports 40W Huawei super fast charge, 22.5W external wired charging and 15W reverse charging.

The Huawei 5G WiFi routers support AI high-speed rail mode, and the communication algorithm integrates AI technology to intelligently predict and switch better signals along the high-speed rail in advance to ensure signal stability. In addition, when the cell phone connects with Huawei 5G mobile WiFi hotspot, and the mobile phone game mode can be automatically turned on during the game, which significantly reduces the delay of the mobile game up to 30%.

 

The two Huawei 5G Mobile WiFi hotspots supports 4K 60FPS HD live broadcast, supports multi-channel upload aggregation technology, and 2-3 Huawei 5G mobile WiFi overlays, enjoying faster upload speed.

Huawei 5G mobile WiFi routers support cross-operating system transfer large files without loss and zero data consumption. Whether it is a mobile phone, a tablet or a laptop, it can be mutually transmitted under the same LAN.

 

To connect with the Huawei 5G mobile WiFi, it does not require a password, so you can go online. Scan the QR code generated on the screen in real time to quickly connect to Huawei 5G WiFi hotspots.

Finally, Huawei also pointed out that the 5G mobile WiFi hotspots can support mainstream 5G and 4G networks in 150+ countries or regions around the world. So it would be a global 5G pocket WiFi router for worldwide use. Unfortunately, Huawei only said that 5G MiFis will be available in December, but the price has not been announced.

HTC 5G Hub Test

HTC has become quiet in recent years; It is surprising that HTC plays a leading role in the new 5G mobile communications standard by launching the HTC 5G Hub in Europe, which is the first 5G mobile WiFi hotspot with Android OS.

Technical specifications

The HTC 5G Hub is more than a simple mobile Wi-Fi hotspot with 5G modem. It can be an entertainment machine, which can easily output 4K content via Display Port to appropriate monitors. Below are the technical specifications for reference.

  • 129 x 100 x 43 mm, 340 grams
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC
  • 4GB RAM, 32GB internal memory + MicroSD
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 LTE Cat20 Modem
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G Modem
  • 5 inch TFT display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution
  • Android 9 with HTC interface
  • WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac/ad
  • 7,660 mAh battery (not changeable)
  • USB-C 3.1 with Display Port function
  • RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port

Appearance and Package

The package connect is very clear. In addition to the 5G hub itself, there is a power supply with an output power of 12V / 2.5A included. The power supply has a proprietary connector and the cable is firmly connected to it. Basically, the 5G Hub can also be easily charged via USB C. The fairly heavy weight of 340 grams presumably caused mainly by the strong battery. The weight does not bother because the dimensions unfortunately do not allow the 5G gadget to be carried in the pocket.

The power button on the top of the HTC 5G Hub is the only physical button. It provides a good pressure point and, in addition, enables the activation or deactivation of the display with a short push of a button.

Fast modem with LTE and 5G

HTC has adopts two mobile modems to the 5G WiFi router: the Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 modem is integrated into the Snapdragon 855 SoC and allows LTE Cat20 with speeds of theoretically up to 2 GBit/s in the downlink. Over 5G theoretically up to 2.63 GBit/s in the downlink and up to 287 MBit/s in the uplink can be achieved.

In test practice, we have achieved speeds of over 150 Mbit/s in the LTE network from Vodafone, and the peak can reach to 308 Mbit/s in the downlink. In the uplink it went up to about 80 MBit/s high. The latencies (ping) were at least 17 milliseconds – a top value for LTE.

In the 5G network, we reached speeds of up to 1.3 GBit/s in the downlink. Speeds ​​above 1 Gbit/s were by no means rare. However, for such data rates, there must be line of sight to the 5G location. At around 400 meters without line of sight, around 600 MBit/s were still possible in the test, after which the HTC 5G Hub switched to the LTE network.

 

 

Basically, the impression was that the range of the 5G radio cells is limited to a few hundred meters. Once 5G reception is available, however, the data rates in the downlink are fantastic high.

Wi-Fi with restrictions

Of course, a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot with a mobile modem must have a reasonable Wi-Fi module. This requirement is met by the HTC 5G Hub. First of all, the positive: up to 20 devices can be connected to the 5G hub at the same time, the wireless standards 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ad are supported.

In particular, the support for the fast ad-WLAN to 60 GHz is remarkable, which no other mobile hotspot offers. However, there are also virtually no devices that can connect via wireless ad. So we could not test it.

The WLAN range is very neat for a mobile router. You cannot expect the performance of a good stationary router, but you can easily cover a large meeting room or apartment of up to 60 square meters. Unfortunately, the HTC 5G Hub is not a dual-band WLAN, so you have to choose between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.

A WLAN repeater function (WLAN Extender / WLAN Offload) is not available, so there is no way to use an existing WLAN as an Internet access type (eg hotel WLAN). Other mobile hotspots, such as Netgear Nighthawk M2 or Huawei 5G mobile WiFi, provide this function.

On the positive side, HTC queries the configuration of the Wi-Fi hotspot as soon as the 5G Hub is powered up for the first time. Thus, the WLAN name, WLAN password and other settings can be made directly to the start and do not have to be searched through the menu afterwards.

Connections, rechargeable battery

The HTC 5G WiFi Router has an RJ45 Ethernet LAN port on the back. So you can connect wired devices such as a classic desktop PC to access the Internet. In addition, the USB-C port is also usable. Unfortunately there are no connections for an external antenna.

This is usually standard on other mobile hotspots, especially in this price range. You also miss a full-size USB port (type A), because the strong battery would be ideal as a power bank.

The battery held 24 hours in the test in hotspot operation. Such a long runtime is exceptional for a mobile hotspot.

Android OS with adjustments

The HTC 5G Hub has Android operating system, which is also a special feature for a mobile hotspot. Former HTC users will also immediately see similarities with some HTC smartphones, as the user interface has been slightly adapted by HTC.

 

If you use the 5G hub in network operation, a simple, but very stylish standby screen with time and network display is permanently displayed. In battery mode, the display remains dark when the router is not in use.

In addition to the standby screen, HTC has designed two home screens especially for the router mode. These are also very chic and show a few more information, including the number of wireless devices.

Of course, the Android operating system comes with all Google apps, including the Play Store, so you can install any apps. However, since the 5G hub does not seem to have a position sensor, apps sometimes do not appear in the correct mode or have graphical errors. The vast majority of apps work perfectly.

Multimedia Features

As already mentioned, the HTC 5G Hub is more than just a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. The wedge-shaped design makes the device ideal as a small streaming device, such as for YouTube, media libraries, television or Internet radio. The rather low display resolution did not disturb the test, rather the strong reflections in the open air. The brightness is high enough.

The speaker offers a good quality, only in very loud setting it tends to be oversteer. As a mini TV while traveling, the HTC 5G Hub is definitely a lot of fun! Incidentally, thanks to the integrated microphone and Google Assistant, the HTC 5G Hub can also be used as a smart speaker.

 

Of course you could use all these multimedia features on a regular smartphone. But the HTC 5G hub is more fun because you do not need a stand case, the speaker is good and the smartphone remains free for other applications. Only the active fan disturbs the streaming enjoyment temporarily, because this is quite audible and runs almost in continuous operation in normal use.

In addition to streaming on the HTC 5G Hub itself, HTC also advertises the Display Port which can output 4K content to matching screens. I have not tested this, but have seen for example demos with the device in the 5G network and gaming applications. Thanks to the super fast Qualcomm 855 SoC, such applications for the 5G hub should not be a big challenge either.

Conclusion: More than a simple 5G hotspot

The HTC 5G Hub is a very good mobile 5G hotspot. If you have the opportunity to use the router in the 5G network, you will often be rewarded with speeds above 1 GBit/s. The router also performed very well in the LTE network.

The integrated battery, which offers a very long operating time, was also convincing. However, the unfortunately missing connections for external antennas and dual-band Wi-Fi are not good for a perfect mobile router. The support of 3G/UMTS would have been nice.

A very interesting and practical use for the HTC 5G Hub is as a small streaming machine. As a mini-TV or Internet radio, the router is really fun.

The HTC 5G Hub is available in many countries and the single price without contract is more than 500USD. Since 5G networks are not yet commonly available, the 5G device is still in high price.

 

HTC 5G Hub Review

HTC 5G Hub is a new 5G mobile broadband combining the wireless router with Android Tablet and working as a home or office modem for people who intend to use 5G network. From the appearance, the HTC 5G hub looks more like Amazon Echo show or Google Nest Hub, rather than a 5G NR router.

HTC 5G Hub Appearance

HTC 5G Hub has a 5-inch compact and handsome smart screen and gray fabric surround, which makes it look attractive and professional. The dimension of HTC 5G Hub is 129 x 100 x 43 mm, and it weights 340g. The HTC 5G Hub is much larger than the usual 4G mobile hotspot such as Netgear Nighthawk M2 and Huawei E5788. So it’s good to use the HTC 5G Hub on a desk, but not good to take it in a pocket or on the go.

 

It also has a large battery of 7660mAh capacity and comes with a big, chunky power adapter to charge it. On the back, there are both a USB-C port and a full-scale Ethernet port that can even attach to external routers.

HTC 5G Hub

 

HTC 5G Hub Specifications

The Hub is running Android 9.0 operating system like a Android tablet with with a 5 inches, 1280 x 720 screen, no cameras, and no traditional phone dialer, and of course all Google services onboard. You can run video services on the Hub and cast them to Chromecasts or compatible TVs. When it’s working, the status screen will show how it works as a hotspot. You can run arbitrary music services and use the Hub as a speaker. Or you can install Pocketshare and use the Hub as a NAS. It has 32GB of onboard storage, 10GB of which is taken up by system files, but you can add a microSD card for additional storage.

HTC 5G Hub

The product supports the powerful Wi-Fi capabilities of the Snapdragon 855 platform with the Qualcomm 60GHz multi-gigabit Wi-Fi chipset and next-generation Qualcomm 2×2 Wi-Fi 6-capable chipset for capacity, efficiency and performance. The unique device provides smooth 4K video streaming, LTE/5G mobile hotspot capabilities for up to 20 users, and low-latency games. As a home media center, the HTC 5G Hub uses next-generation LTE / 5G speeds to stream 4K video to a second screen for crisp, clear images. It can also replace a 4G Wi-Fi router and avoid unnecessary cables, while being easy to set up with a plug-and-play setup.

HTC 5G Hub

The big battery is pretty great, when just working as a hotspot, we got about 32 hours of 4G audio streaming to one device. Its high-end equipment and large body can give it excellent dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi performance. Users can also use the USB-C port to charge other devices, with Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 onboard.

HTC 5G Hub

HTC 5G Hub Supported Frequency Bands

Here now we have the Australian version HTC 5G Hub and it supports LTE bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/20/28/66 and 5G band n78. And actually, HTC 5G Hub has another version for US market and the network provider Sprint, which supports LTE bands 2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/26/26/41/66/71 and 5G band n41.

HTC 5G Hub

The Hub also works as an 802.11ad hotspot for up to four devices. 802.11ad, also known as WiGig, is a short-range, very high speed networking system that Qualcomm is trying to promote right now. There are no mainstream 802.11ad clients available. Below are the general highlight functions of the HTC 5G Hub:

  • Next generation LTE / 5G speeds
  • Internet for the whole family with up to 20 devices
  • Streaming games over 5G with Nvidia GeForce Now and Google Stadia (after release 2019)
  • Streaming videos and music
  • Intuitive voice and remote control
  • Pre-installed company VPN at high speed
  • Fully encrypted with Remote Wipe
  • Use as a charging station for additional USB-C devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops

Vodafone GigaCube 5G – Vodafone First 5G Router

Two months ago, Vodafone released its first wireless router that is compatible with the new mobile communications standard 5G. The new 5G wireless router converts the mobile Internet access into a WLAN hotspot, so that several smartphones, tablets and notebooks can connect with an Internet access. Like the predecessors Vodafone GigaCube and Gigacube Cat19, the manufacturer of the 5G router is also Huawei. The model is officially called Huawei 5G CPE Pro but for Vodafone under the name Vodafone GigaCube 5G.

 

According to Vodafone official sayings, data transmission rates of up to 2Gbps could be achieved in the 5G mobile network. This concerns the LTE access, over which most customers will initially be predominantly online, especially as 5G availability is still severely limited. The network operator does not reveal how fast users can surf via 5G. A footnote simply states that you can “surf faster” in the first 5G radio cells. Within the home network scores the bolide by using the WiFi-6 technology. This achieves data transfer rates of up to 4.8 GBit/s.

 

At the heart of the Vodafone GigaCube 5G is the Balong 5000 chipset, which is also used in the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G as a multi-mode modem. If the 5G network is not available, customers can also use the LTE, UMTS and GSM network for Internet access with the Vodafone 5G router.

Vodafone offers the 5G router along with the well-known GigaCube tariffs. “With speeds reaching up to 1Gbps,” said Vodafone at launch, “customers are able to access super-fast speeds and reliable Wi-Fi quickly. GigaCube is ideal for those waiting for their home or business broadband, who need a connection for a second home or who have a home office.”

 

It added: “The GigaCube can connect up to 64 devices at any one time and has a wifi range of 90 meters. Thanks to the low latency of 5G, this solution is perfect for small businesses who have multiple employees streaming or downloading at the same time. It is also particularly useful for businesses that don’t have a fixed location, or students and house shares.”

 

Here you can see the general Vodafone 5G GigaCube Specs:

 

  • Network:5G/LTE
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Balong 5000
  • Wi-Fi:11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax; 802.11 n22*2 MIMO for 2.4GHz and 02.11ax4*4MIMO for 5GHz
  • Ethernet Ports:2 x GE LAN (inc. 1 LAN/WAN)
  • Memory:4GB NANDFlash/8GB DDR4
  • External antenna port:2 x Ext. antenna ports (TS-9)(Buy Vodafone GigaCube 5G External Antenna)
  • SIM port:1 x NANO USIM card slot
  • Device model:Huawei 5G CPE Pro (H112-370)
  • Dimensions:99mm x 107mm x 215mm

 

You can also check the Vodafone GigaCube 5G Router Review here: https://www.4gltemall.com/blog/vodafone-gigacube-5g-router-h112-370-review/