Quectel Released LTE Cat20 Module EM20 at CES 2019

As one of the global leading supplier of cellular and GNSS modules, Quectel Wireless will release its most advanced LTE module on Category 20. The new LTE cellular module is named EM20, which are bound to bring a brand-new connectivity experience for years to come and it targets at the high-level of wireless connection and 5G commercialization starting in 2019.

 

According to the specifications of the Quectel EM20, we can see the EM20 could achieve download speed up to 2.0Gbit/s and upload speed up to 150Mbps, which is optimized specially for Laptop, PC and high-speed industrial IoT applications. Designed in M.2 form factor and measuring 42.0×30.0×2.3mm, this high-speed module is compatible with Quectel’s broad portfolio of LTE-Advanced products including Cat 12 module EM12 and future 5G module, allowing for smooth migration between different categories and to next-generation connectivity.

Quectel EM20 highlight Specifications

Besides the high speed connection for peak download speed up to 2Gbit/s, based on Qualcomm’s SDX24 chipset and fully compliant with 3GPP R13 specification, Quectel EM20 supports cutting-edge LTE wireless technologies such as up to 7 Carrier Aggregation (CA), 4×4 MIMO technology, 256-QAM as well as LAA (LTE Assistant Access) and CBRS (Citizen Broadband Radio System).

 

As the high-level LTE wireless module, the new Quectel LTE module supports FDD LTE frequency bands of B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B13/ B14/B17/B18/B19/B20/B25/B26/B28/B29/B30/B66 and TDD LTE bands of B38/39/B40/B41/B42/B43/B46(LAA)/B48(CBRS). This ensures that IoT devices with Quectel EM20 module inside can operate on networks of nearly all the mainstream carriers worldwide.

 

In addition, Quectel EM20 features Qualcomm® IZat™ location technology Gen8C Lite (GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo and QZSS). The integrated GNSS greatly simplifies product design, and provides quicker, more accurate and more dependable positioning capability.

 

Thanks for Quectel’s proven success stories in high speed wireless module industry, and global spectrum availability, EM20 is going to be an ideal choice for ultra-high-speed Laptop, PC, Router, Industrial Gateway, In-Vehicle Video Surveillance System, Cloud-based 4K IP-Camera and many more similar applications, which indeed require very high throughput and preferably low latency.

 

Quectel EM20 Price and Buy

Since Quectel Wireless just debut of EM20, we can’t get the EM20 price currently. But we believe once it’s available in the market for large volume, the price would be down. However, if you need only samples now, it would be hard to buy now. You have to wait for few months to see this real product.

Telit LM960 LTE-A Cat18 Module Review

Telit introduced the LTE-A Cat-18 module LM960, capable of supporting speeds up to 1.2 Gbit/s in the downlink and 150 Mbps in the uplink. Such speeds are necessary, for example, when streaming video from the scene in high resolution or for distributing the Internet in an emergency situation from a mobile platform.

The Telit LM960 module is assembled in a PCI Express Mini Card (mPCIe) format. Telit calls it the first Cat-18 mPCIe module. It will be purchased by FirstNet operator for use in various devices used by emergency workers, in particular, in mobile and portable wireless routers installed in ambulances and other special vehicles.

The LM960 module supports both in-band and in-band carrier aggregation (up to 5) to achieve 1.2 Gbit/s throughput in the downlink with a 4×4 Mimo mode and 256-QAM modulation (up to 5). 150 Gbit/s in the uplink). Telit’s product can also operate in up to 23 different LTE bands (16 LTE FDD and 7 LTE TDD bands) including Band 14 (700 MHz), used in the United States for public safety, as well as 3.5 GHz CBRS Citizen Band Radio Service) bands and LAA 5 GHz (LTE-License Assisted Access), the latter allowing to improve performance in particular buildings in addition to the “traditional” cellular service.

The Telit LTE Module also supports several satellite positioning technologies, including GPS. In addition to supporting band 14, the LM960 operates in all other frequency bands that FirstNet uses to provide connectivity to the systems used by the emergency services. The LM960 is capable of operating in a temperature range of -40 ° C to + 85 ° C and also incorporates a four-constellation geolocation satellite subsystem (GNSS) and two SIM cards.

 

Telit LM960 Specs and Features

The LM960 module is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem chip and below is the general specs for reference:

  • Aggregation up to 5 frequency bands
  • Up to 150 Mbit/s UL 64QAM and UL aggregation support
  • LTE FDD Bands: B1, B25 (B2), B3, B66 (B4), B26 (B5), B7, B8, B12 (17), B13, B14, B20, B28, B29 (DL) ), B71
  • LTE TDD Bands: B38, B39, B40, B41, B42, B46 (DL), B48
  • 3G ranges: B1, B2, B4, B5, B8
  • Satellite Systems: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou
  • USB 3.0
Feature Sub Feature Telit LM960
Rel 12 Release 12 compliance Yes
4×4 MIMO 4×4 MIMO on 2 contiguous carrier + 2×2 MIMO on 3rd carrier Yes
3DL CA Inter-band with 4×4 MIMO on one of 3 bands
4×4 MIMO on 2 bands in 2xCA Configuration
LTE CA 4x DLCA(80MHz aggregated BW; Cat16) Yes
3.5GHz B42 4×4 MIMO Deployments in Japan Yes
LTE-U LTE-U(eCAST) Yes
LAA(60MHz) Achieves 1Gbps with LAA Yes
Data IC Interference cancellation for LTE Data Yes
LAA Enhancements * More than 1 Lincensed carrier with LAA Yes
* Support for Wi-Fi measurements reporting in LAA
* 5xCA 4+2+2+2+2 scenario
Cat16+ 1.2Gbps Yes
12 Layers Support for 12 layers(Also 4×4 MIMO with 3xDLCA) Yes
5xCA 5x Carrier Aggregation Yes
New Bands 600MHz, CBRS(B48 with CA) Yes

 

 

The ruggedized LM960 module is derived from the Cat-11 compatible LM940 and the two cards are interchangeable, says Telit, which offers developers the ability to launch new equipment (routers, gateways, etc.) built on designs already using the Telit LM940, or to create product families with different performance levels (the LM960 for the high-end, the LM940 for the mid-range).

 

Telit LM960 Price and Buy

Since Telit LM960 is not available in the market for volume and just in the range of testing. The Telit LM960 price is high and there is only few online stores who can supply the samples time to time. We 4GLTEMALL.com could supply the Telit LM960 samples but not stably. If you want to buy the Telit LM960, you must pre-order first to get it.

 

Huawei Mate 20 VS Mate 20 PRO VS Mate 20 X

Huawei Mate 20 Series Main Difference

Model Mate 20  Mate 20 Pro Mate 20 X
Colors Midnight Blue, Twilight, Black Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Twilight, Pink Gold, Black Midnight Blue, Phantom Silver
Storage * 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM
* 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM
* 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM
* 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM
* 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM
* 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM
* 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM
CPU HiSilicon Kirin 980 HiSilicon Kirin 980 HiSilicon Kirin 980
Unlock mode Fingerprint(rear-mounted) Face ID + Fingerprint(under display) Fingerprint(rear-mounted)
Front Camera 24MP 24MP 24MP
Rear Camera 12MP + 16MP + 8MP 40MP + 20MP + 8MP 40MP + 20MP + 8MP
Battery 4000mAh 4200mAh 5000mAh
SIM Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Water Proof IP53 dust and splash protection IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 2m for 30 mins) IP53 dust and splash protection
OS Android 9.0 (Pie), EMUI 9.0 Android 9.0 (Pie), EMUI 9.0 Android 9.0 (Pie), EMUI 9.0
Display 6.53 inches 6.39 inches 7.2 inches
Screen IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen AMOLED capacitive touchscreen AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
PPI 381 538 346
Resolution 1080 x 2244 pixels 1440 x 3120 pixels 1080 x 2244 pixels
Dimensions 158.2 x 77.2 x 8.3 mm 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm 174.6 x 85.4 x 8.2 mm

OnePlus 6 4G LTE Smartphone Review

You may know Huawei 4G smartphones from China, but do you know another Chinese manufacturer OnePlus? If you are looking for a smartphone with the best performance on LTE network, you should not miss a smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and Snapdragon X20 modem. Although HiSilicon (Huawei) and Intel (eg Apple) offer very good modems, but the Qualcomm chipset is the most widespread in any case. The OnePlus 6 is currently one of the cheapest smartphones with Snapdragon 845 and still offers excellent features, so we will take a test in the LTE network.

OnePlus 6 Features

 

The OnePlus 6 comes with a 6.28 inch AMOLED screen, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal memory. It is dual-SIM capable and has a 3,300mAh battery – a quick-charger power adapter is included. On the back, you will find a dual camera with 16 or 20 megapixels, which shoots quite good pictures. It offers two unlock options: fingerprints unlock or face unlock.

 

OnePlus 6 Specifications

 

The OnePlus 6 is also offered in the online trade by Asian dealers in a version with the model number A6000 – this supports many, but not all major LTE frequency bands. The European or North American version has the model number A6003 and supports FDD LTE on frequency band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/32/66/71 and TDD LTE on frequency band 34/38/39/40/41. Up to 1 GBit/s are possible in the downlink with quadruple-channel bundling (4CA), up to 150 MBit/s in the uplink via 2CA. 256QAM in the downlink, 64QAM in the uplink and 4 × 4 MIMO antenna technology are also supported. This makes the OnePlus 6 well equipped for use in LTE networks worldwide.

Admittedly, the OnePlus 6 is currently still the latest OnePlus smartphone, but the successor OnePlus 6T is now available on the market. The chipset and modem of OnePlus 6 should be identical to the successor 6T, but of course, there are some changes and improvement in the newer Oneplus 6T, which you should be curious.

 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with X20 modem

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is a system-on-a-chip (SoC), bringing together diverse chips such as processor and modem on a single chipset. The integrated Snapdragon X20 modem is especially relevant for this test. It is Qualcomm’s second-fastest commercially available LTE modem, only the X24 is even faster (currently not available in any SoC).

 

The X20 modem offers LTE Cat18 in the downlink and LTE Cat13 in the uplink and offers manufacturers the opportunity to theoretically bundle up to 5 frequency bands via carrier aggregation in the downlink. In the uplink, the modem is 2CA capable. The 4 × 4 MIMO antenna technology is possible on up to 3 carriers simultaneously. 256QAM modulation in the downlink and 64QAM modulation in the uplink are of course included.

In total, up to 1.2 Gbit/s in the downlink and up to 150 Mbit/s in the uplink can theoretically be achieved with a Snapdragon X20 modem. However, as described in the previous section, the OnePlus 6 is slightly slower because not all features of the X20 have been implemented, for example, OnePlus has eliminated 5CA and only uses 4CA.

 

 

OnePlus 6 Test in the LTE network

At the test site, LTE was available on Band 8 (900 MHz), Band 3 (1800 MHz) and Band 7 (2600 MHz) in the Vodafone network. On band 3, 4 × 4 MIMO antenna technology was used, and two carriers were used (10 MHz and 20 MHz). The modulation was at 256QAM in the downlink and 64QAM in the uplink. Band 8 was not usable for channel bundling, so Carrier Aggregation could only be used with B7 + B3 + B3. Theoretically, the combination of the individual technologies would have made it possible to achieve well over 300 MBit/s in the downlink – in practice, however, other simultaneous users in the cell will limit the speed in practice.

 

Just below 300 MBit/s in the downlink and about 60 MBit/s in the uplink could be achieved with the OnePlus 6 at different times and on different days. These are very good values, but a look in the Netmonitor revealed that the device had always bundled only two bands, ie B3 + B3 or B3 + B7. 3CA with B7 + B3 + B3 apparently cannot be used in the device with the LTE network. That’s a pity because it’s probably just a software configuration – the hardware should be fine.

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

The OnePlus 6 showed in the test a very good system performance and was able to score with a very good display and very good software. In many places, it became clear that the OnePlus product designers put a lot of emphasis on details, from the packaging to the stylish accessories to the sliding switch for the volume profile.

 

Unfortunately, the OnePlus 6 did not live up to expectations in tests in the LTE network, so the smartphone, unfortunately, did not support the CA combination B7 + B3 + B3 available at Vodafone, which is at slightly lower maximum speeds than, for example, the Apple iPhone Xs with Intel chipset resulted. The quality of reception was better than that of the iPhone and thanks to the 4 × 4 MIMO antenna technology; the OnePlus 6 is definitely well prepared for the future.

TP-link M7450 VS Huawei E5885

Since Huawei 4G pocket WiFi router had been a great success in many countries, TP-link followed the steps of Huawei and also presented many 4G WiFi pocket routers. Though they are not as well-known as Huawei pocket WiFi routers, they have similar functions to provide reliable performance like TP-link WiFi routers. TP-Link M7450 is one of the 4G+ Cat6 routers. Some customers asked what the difference is between the TP-Link M7450 and Huawei E5885, and which one is better to buy. Today, we will compare the two pocket WiFi routers and see which one is better.

Huawei E5885 VS TP-Link M7450 Specifications

To know the detail functions of Huawei E5885 and TP-Link M7450, let’s have a look at the Huawei E5885 specifications comparison with TP-link M7450 Specs in the table below:

 

Model TP-Link M7450 Huawei E5885Ls-93a
Product type LTE Mobile Hotspot LTE Mobile Hotspot with Ethernet port
Category LTE Cat.6 LTE Cat.6
Chipset Qualcomm Hisilicon LTE Cat6 chipset
Data rates DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands B1, B3, B7, B8, B20, B38, B40, B41 * FDD-LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/19/20
* TDD-LTE: Band 38/40/41
WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max support users 32 users 32 users
MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO 2 X 2 MIMO
Connector for external antenna No connector No connector
Buy Antenna N/A N/A
App management tpMiFi APP Huawei Hilink APP 3.0
SIM type Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery Removable, 3000 mAh Non-removable, 6400mAh
Dimensions 112.5 x 66.5 x 16mm  112.00 x 69.20 x 23.00mm
Ethernet Port No On port for WAN/LAN port(RJ-45)
Datasheet download TP-link M7450 Datasheet Huawei E5885 Datasheet
User Manual TP-link M7450 User Manual Huawei E5885 Manual
Other features 2 band CA Power bank, CA, NFC
Firmware download TP-link M7450 Firmware Huawei E5885 Firmware
Drivers TP-link M7450 driver Huawei E5885 driver
Reviews TP-link M7450 review Huawei E5885 Review
Price 289.00USD 279.00USD

Summary

From the spec table, we can see the Huawei E5885 and TP-link M7450 are both LTE Cat6 mobile WiFi hotspot which could achieve peak download speed up to 300Mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps. They both provide WiFi 802ac on dual-bands and support up to 32 wireless devices with 2 x 2 MIMO technology. But there are many obvious differences to note:

  1. LTE Frequency Bands

Huawei E5885 and TP-link M7450 both support FDD-LTE & TDD-LTE networks, but TP-link M7450 supports mainly the frequency bands popular in Asia and Europe. Huawei E5885 supports LTE band 4, which is widely deployed in American areas, so Huawei E5885 could not only work well in Aisa and European countries, it can also work well in American countries.

 

  1. Battery

Like other TP-link LTE mobile WiFi, he TP-link M7450 battery is removable and has the capacity of 3000mAh, while the Huawei E5885 has a battery pack of 6400mAh and the battery is non-removable. The large battery of Huawei E5885 makes it work like a power bank to charge other devices, which is a very useful function. With the large battery, Huawei E5885 is a little bit thicker than common 4G pocket WiFi routers.

  1. Interface

TP-link M7450 has only a Mini USB port for charge, but Huawei E5885 has not only the Mini USB port to charge and the USB 2.0 port to charge other devices, but also one Ethernet port for both LAN & WAN, which is also a practical function if user travel to places where only Ethernet connection is available.

 

  1. Price

The TP-link M7450 price is a little bit more expensive than Huawei E5885 price, but not too much. But we don’t think the TP-link M7450 is worth this price, on this price, you can consider the higher level pocket WiFi Netgear Aircard 810s.

 

In conclusion, we think the Huawei E5885 is more powerful and practical for users. And we recommend Huawei E5885 if you would buy one pocket WiFi router from the two.

 

Huawei B612 VS Huawei B310

Since 4G LTE networks are more and more popular, people usually need one or more home WiFi router for the terminals at home to access the internet. Huawei had provided many wireless router models for home usage and many of the Huawei Home WiFi routers are very well-known by the users. The Huawei B310 router is one of them. A few months ago, Huawei presented a new 4G home WiFi router named Huawei B612. For those people who are looking for a home WiFi router, they may want to know what the difference is between the Huawei B612 and Huawei B310, and which one is better to buy. You may check below the images of the two routers and specs comparisons, in the summary, we will list the key difference between them for the reference.

 

Huawei B612 VS Huawei B310 Specifications

 

Model Huawei B612 Huawei B310
Product type Huawei WiFi Router with Ethernet port LTE WiFi Router
Category LTE Cat.6 LTE Cat.4
Chipset HiSilicon LTE Cat6 Chipset Hisilicon Balong
LTE Data rates DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps DL 150Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands Huawei B612s-25d:  B1/B3/B7/B8/B20/B38/B40/B41/B42/B43
Huawei B612s-51d: B2/B4/B5/B7/B41
* Huawei B310s-927:  B1/B3/B8/B40
* Huawei B310As-852: B3/B7/B8/B38/B39/B40/B41
* Huawei B310s-22: B1/B3/B7/B8/B20
* Huawei B310s-518: B1/B2/B4/B5/B7/B28
WLAN 802.11 b/g/n/ac, single-band 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n, single-band 2.4GHz
Max supported users 32 users 32 users
MIMO 4 x 4 MIMO n/a
Antenna Two, SMA-female jacks Two, SMA-female jacks
Buy Antenna Huawei B612 external antenna Huawei B310 external antenna
App management Huawei Hilink APP Huawei Hilink APP
SIM Size Micro SIM Standard SIM
Battery NO No
Dimensions 240 × 155 × 78 mm 181.0mm x 126.0mm x 70.0mm
Interfaces * 3 x LAN port(RJ45)
* 1 x LAN/WAN port (RJ45)
* 1 x telephone port(RJ11)
* Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA-female)
* One micro-SIM card slot
* 1 x USB 2.0 port
* 1 x power adapter port
* 3 x LAN port(RJ45)(Depends)
* 1 x LAN/WAN port (RJ45)
* 1 x telephone port(RJ11)(depends)
* Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA-J1.5)
* One SIM card slot
* 1 x USB 2.0 port(depends)
Datasheet Huawei B612 Datasheet(PDF) Huawei B310 Datasheet(PDF)
User Manual Huawei B612 User Manual(PDF) Huawei B310 Manual(PDF)
Other features  Firewall, CS Voice, VoIP, VoLTE, IPv6/IPv4 dual stack, NAT, DHCP, VPN, DMZ, UPnP, ALG, Voice, DHCP, NAT, ARP, ICMP, DNS Relay, IPv6/IPv4 dual stack, VPN passthrough, Firewall, URL filter, LAN IP filter, DMZ, UPnP, ALG, Port forwarding
Firmware download Huawei B612 firmware Huawei B310 firmware
Driver Huawei B612 driver Huawei B310 driver
Reviews Huawei B612 Review Huawei B310 Review
Price/USD 199.00USD 139.00USD

 

Summary

From the specs table, we could see the Huawei B612 is more advanced than Huawei B310 router. The main difference between the Huawei B612 and B310 focus on below:

 

  1. Speeds

Huawei B612 could support peak download speed up to 300Mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps based on LTE Cat6 while Huawei B310 supports peak download speed up to 150Mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps based on LTE Cat4.

 

  1. Variant models

Huawei B612 Router has two variant models while Huawei B310 has more up to 4 variant models. They support different LTE frequency bands, users to check which frequency bands are available for their network providers and then select the right model to use.

 

  1. Wireless technology

Huawei B612 and B310 both support single mode 2.4GHz for WiFi, but Huawei B612 support 4 x 4 MIMO technology, which would improve the data transfer speeds.

 

  1. Interfaces

Huawei B612 has the standard configuration for Huawei 4G routers, including 3 WAN ports, one WAN/LAN port, one telephone port, two connectors for external antennas, and one USB 2.0 port. However, in the Huawei B310 variant models, some of the interfaces may be missing on specific models. If you would buy Huawei B310, you may confirm how many WAN or LAN ports are available, whether there is telephone port in case you want to use some functions but no interface to support.

 

  1. Price

As the newer model and better technology, Huawei B612 price is higher than Huawei B310 price, but if you don’t have much requirements for the router, Huawei B310 is a budget router for home use.

 

 

Now you could make a decision of which router to buy between the Huawei B612 and B310 router.

Alcatel LinkHub HH70 VS HH40

Many people know Alcatel 4G WiFi Hotspot, but few Alcatel 4G wireless router with Ethernet ports are well-known. Now Alcatel presented a new LinkHub series of wireless router for home use. The Alcatel LinkHub HH70 and HH40 are the two models for the home station. If you want to know the difference between LinkHub HH40 and HH70, you can check the specification table below for the comparison of the two 4G wireless wifi routers.

 

Model Alcatel LinkHub HH70 Alcatel LinkHub HH40
Product type 4G WiFi Router with Ethernet port 4G WiFi Router with Ethernet port
Category LTE Cat.7 LTE Cat.4
Chipset Qualcomm MDM9240-1 Qualcomm MDM9207
LTE Data rates DL 300Mbps/UL 100Mbps DL 150Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands Band 1/3/7/8/20/38/B40 – EU Version(Alcatel HH40V): Band 1/3/7/8/20
– APAC/MEA Version(Alcatel HH40CM): Band 1/3/5(26)/7/8/20/28/38/40/41
WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz
Max supported users 64 users 32 users
MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO
Antenna Two, SMA-female jacks Two, SMA-female jacks
Buy Antenna Alcatel LinkHub HH70 external antenna Alcatel LinkHub HH40 external antenna
App management Alcatel WiFi Link App Alcatel WiFi Link App
SIM Size Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery NO NO
Dimensions 146 x 146 x 32 mm 134 x 134 x 31.5mm
Interfaces * 2x 1000Mbps RJ45 port (WAN/LAN)
* 1x RJ11 telephone port
* Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA)
* One Micro-SIM card slot
* 1 x USB 2.0 port
* 1 x LAN port(RJ45)
* 1 x LAN/WAN port (RJ45)
* Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA)
* One micro-SIM card slot
* 1 x Micro USB for power supply
Datasheet LinkHub HH70 Datasheet(PDF) LinkHub HH40 Datasheet(PDF)
User Manual LinkHub HH70 User Manual(PDF) LinkHub HH40 User Manual(PDF)
Other features
Firmware download Linkhub HH70 firmware Linkhub HH40 firmware
Driver Linkhub HH70 driver Linkhub HH40 driver
Reviews LinkHub HH70 Review LinkHub HH40 Review
Price/USD 279.00USD 169.00USD

 

Summary

From the specs table, we can see the main difference focus on below point:

 

Speed:

  • Alcatel Linkhub HH70 supports LTE Cat7 and achieves download speed up to 300Mbps and upload speed to 100Mbps based on Qualcomm MDM9240-1
  • Alcatel LinkHub HH40 supports LTE Cat4 and achieves download speed up to 150Mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps based on Qualcomm MDM9207

 

Variant models: LinkHub HH70 has only one variant model now, but Alcatel Linkhub HH40 has two models for different markets: Alcatel HH40V for EU and Alcatel HH40CM for APAC/MEA areas.

 

Interfaces: Comparing with Linkhub HH40, Alcatel LinkHub HH70 has an extra USB 2.0 port for external disk connection and printer, but it doesn’t has the Micro USB port which is available in LinkHub HH40.

 

Dimensions: Alcatel LinkHub HH70 is a little bit larger than Linkhub HH40

 

The Alcatel Linkhub HH70 is advanced than HH40, so the Linkhub HH70 price is higher than HH40. If you would like to buy one home router from the two routers, we recommend the LinkHub HH70.

Alcatel LinkHub HH70 Cat7 LTE Router Review

At the IFA 2018, Alcatel presented a new LTE wireless router for the Linkhub series. The new LTE router model number is Linkhub Cat7 HH70. The Linkhub HH70 is very similar to the predecessor model Linkhub HH40 in appearance, which we had introduced before (check Alcatel Linkhub HH40 review). But there is much difference in the new HH70 linkhub.

Alcatel Linkhub HH70 cat7

Alcatel Linkhub HH70 Appearance and interfaces

 

On the front, there is the Alcatel logo with five indicators for power, WiFi, telephone, network, and signal. The power button is on one edge side while the opposite side locates the power plug, one USB port, two Ethernet ports(one RJ45 for LAN/WAN and the other for LAN only), one RJ11 telephone port and two connectors for LTE antennas which are covered by two round cap.

 

The antenna connector type is SMA-female. If you would like to buy the external LTE antenna for Alcatel Linkhub HH70, you’d better buy the external antenna with SMA-male connectors. The WPS button is at another side. The Reset button and SIM card are hidden under a cover. The SIM card slot is for NANO-SIM card size.

 

Alcatel Linkhub HH70 cat7

Alcatel Linkhub Cat7 HH70 Specifications

 

Upgrading from the Alcatel Linkhub HH40, Linkhub HH70 supports LTE cat7 which could achieve download speed up to 300Mbps and upload speed to 100Mbps based on Qualcomm MDM9240 chipset and 2CA carrier aggregation technology. And Linkhub Cat7 HH70 supports maximum WiFi users up to 64 devices while the HH40 supports only half to 32 devices.

 

Alcatel HH70 Linkhub provides WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac on dual-band while the HH40 missing the 802.11 ac and only on single band 2.4GHz. The WiFi could cover around 250 meters, which is very strong.

 

Like other Alcatel 4G router, Linkhub HH70 supports 4G LTE frequency bands on FDD B1/3/7/8/20 & TDD B38/B40, and the 3G UMTS network(B1/B3/B8) & 2G GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) are backward compatible.

Alcatel Linkhub HH70 cat7

The management and control of the Linkhub HH70 could be done via the Alcatel WiFi Link APP, which could also be used with Alcatel Linkhub HH40.

 

However, there is no integrated battery for mobile use in the Alcatel Linkhub HH70, but you can still operate the router via a corresponding power supply, for example, in the motorhome, in the car or in the house.

 

 

Alcatel Linkhub HH70 Availability and Price

Regarding the availability of Linkhub HH70, there is no more information to provide now. We will keep updating when we get the information about the availability and price in near future.

Huawei Hisilicon Kirin 980 New Chipset Released

At the IFA 2018, Huawei presented the latest system-on-a-chip processor Hisilicon Kirin 980. According to the introduction from Huawei, the highlight features of Kirin 980 include:

  • World’s first 7nm process mobile phone SoC chipset
  • World’s first SoC Supporting 2133MHz LPDDR4X
  • World’s first Cortex-A76 architecture chipset
  • World’s first dual NPU design
  • World’s first Mali-G76 GPU
  • World’s first chipset to support LTE Cat.21

A year ago we had introduced with Kirin 970, the first mobile processor with artificial intelligence. Kirin 980 continues the trend determined by its predecessor and the most highlighted feature is the 7-nanometer lithographic process, which makes Huawei the first mobile manufacturer that presented such a system. The Kirin 980 combines multiple technological innovations and leads the AI trend to provide users with impressive mobile performance and to create a more convenient and intelligent life.

Thanks to seven nanometers, on one square centimeter, the surface of the processor has been able to fit as much as 6.9 billion transistors. According to the manufacturer’s declaration, this is to make the Kirin 980 be 20% more efficient than the Kirin 970 and will be 40% more energy-efficient.

The Kirin 980 integrates 6.9 billion transistors in an area of less than 1 square centimeter which is a 1.6x fold increase in density to empower better performance. This chipset is the first Cortex-A76 based in the world and has a 75% improvement in single core performance. The Kirin 980 also includes the world’s first commercial use Mali-G76 GPU performance is improved by 46%. The LPDDR4X memory operates at speeds up to 2133 MHz. The fourth-generation ISP utilizes a multi-pass noise reduction to capture quality images and preserve important details. This ISP also has a dedicated video pipeline to effectively improve video clarity and reduce shooting delays by 33%.

 

The Kirin 980 7nm process technology compared with the 10nm process, improves performance by 20%, power efficiency by 40% and the overall energy efficiency of the Kirin 980 increased by 58%. The Mali-G76 GPU has also increased its energy efficiency by 178%. The Kirin 980 is built with a 3 energy efficiency architecture which has 2 super cores, 2 large cores and 4 small efficiency cores and uses the Flex-Scheduling intelligence mechanism to allow the CPU to adapt in heavy, medium and light-load scenarios by reducing its power consumption and giving users a longer battery life while still achieving an overall higher performance experience.

 

 

Huawei Kirin 980 can quickly adapt to AI scenes such as face recognition, object recognition, object detection, image segmentation and intelligent translation with the power of a dual-core NPU achieving 4500 images per minute which is an improved 120% recognition speed. So whether it’s dancing to a fast song or quickly running in front of the camera, the Kirin 980 can focus on the joints and lines of the human body in real time. The powerful object detection capabilities can also accurately identify a variety of objects. In comparison to the Kirin 970, the Kirin 980 is an impressive leap from image recognition to object detection. The Kirin 980 sets the foundation for future AI capabilities by providing complete framework support and rich tool keys for App developers.

The Kirin 980 is the first to support LTE Cat.21 which supports the fastest downlink at 1.4 Gbps and offers a stable connection in congested areas like subways or high-speed rails. With the Hi1103, it supports a theoretical peak download speed of 1.7 Gbps and 160 MHz bandwidth, which is 1.7x the industry level. The GPS is supported by industry leading L1 + L5 dual frequency ultra-precise positioning to give you a more accurate target location when using map navigation, even in complex terrains.

Huawei B900 AI Cube Router Review

At IFA 2018, Huawei presented a new device named “Huawei AI Cube(B900-230)”. The Huawei AI Cube is a smart speaker equipped with Amazon Alexa, an audio assistant developed by Amazon in the US. In addition to its function as a smart speaker, it also has a function as a stationary LTE wireless router. Huawei B900 AI Cube combines a 4G Modem, a home WiFi router, high-end 360-degree wireless speaker, and a Huawei-Amazon collaboration that promises Alexa integration and some not-yet-articulated AI capabilities.

Huawei B900 AI Cube Appearance

The Huawei B900 AI Cube looks a little bit similar to its predecessor Huawei B528 but there is the obvious difference. On the top, there are three keys available: one volume up key, one volume down key, and one mute key. On the body, there are three LED indicators for Signal, WiFi and LAN. However, unlike the latest Huawei B618s-22d WiFi router, there is no connector for the external antenna in the B900 AI Cube.

Below the indicators, there are two buttons: Power and WPS buttons. On the bottom of the Huawei B900 WiFi router, the product name Huawei B900-230, IP address (192.168.1.1), User name(admin), SSID, WiFi key, WPS pin, Power input and Made in China information are listed on the bottom label.

 

The SIM card slot is also at the bottom with the Reset hole. The Huawei B900 WiFi cube uses Micro SIM card size. Below the IMEI & S/N number label, there is an Ethernet port for LAN and WAN. The power plug port is at the side of the Ethernet port.

Huawei AI Cube B900 Smart Speaker Function

 

The Huawei B900 AI Cube Router can be controlled via voice assistant Alexa with around 50,000 voice commands. For example, the router can play music or Internet radio through the built-in speaker. Smart home hardware such as TVs, Wi-Fi bulbs or refrigerators can also be controlled, as long as they are compatible with Amazon Alexa.

 

Huawei B900 Specifications

As a stationary LTE WiFi router, the Huawei B900-230 cube could achieve download speed up to 300Mbps and upload speed to 50mbps. It has 802.11ac with dual-band Wi-Fi, in total up to 1.200 MBit/s are attainable over WLAN according to Huawei.. You get four microphones with far-field voice recognition. How many users could be connected with the cube is unknown yet, but we list the general specifications of Huawei B900 AI Cube for reference:

 

* Support 4G LTE Band B1/B3/B7/B8/B20/B32/B38

* Support 4G LTE Cat.6 2CC Technology

– CA Bands: CA_3C/CA_7C/CA_38C/CA_1A-8A/CA_1A-20A/CA_3A-7A/CA_3A-8A/CA_3A-20A/CA_7A-8A/CA_7A-20A/CA_20A-32A/

* Support 3G UMTS/WCDMA/HSPA+ B1/B8

* LTE download speed to 300mbps, upload speed to 50mbps

* WLAN: WiFi 802.111a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band(2.4GHz & 5GHz), 2 x 2 MIMO, 2 x 2 DBDC(Dual-band, dual-carrier)

* External Antenna connector: No

* SIM Card size: Micro SIM (3FF)

* Interfaces:

– 1 x RJ-45 for data, GE

– 1 x SIM Card slot (3FF), 1 x power interface

– 1 x Hi Key/ 1 x Reset Key/ 1 x Power key

– 2 x Voice + – / 1 x Mute Key / 1 x Pause Key

* Speaker: 15W Mono Speaker

* Voice Input: 4 x Microphones

* Main features: Huawei Hilink, Huawei Histen, Amazon Alexa, Far Field Voice Recognition

* Power: AC 100V – 240V, DC 12V, 2A

* Dimensions: 218mm (height) x 116mm (diameter)

* Weight: 900g

 

Huawei said the Europe version would be available around the end of 2018, but not mention about the availability for US market. Regarding the Huawei B900 AI Cube price, Huawei didn’t give any information. We have to wait for the news from Huawei.