Huawei E5787 VS E5878, Which Huawei Mobile WiFi is Better?

More and more Huawei 4G mobile WiFi routers are available in the market as time goes, they may have the similar names which make them very hard to identify, no mention that what the difference between the 4G LTE WiFi routers. Huawei E5787 and Huawei E5878 are the typical mobile WiFi hotspot router with the similar name. If you are unfamiliar with Huawei wireless router 4G, you may not know what’s the difference between the Huawei E5878 and E5787 and it’s of course very hard to buy one from the two Huawei mobile WiFi. We will compare the appearance, interfaces, specs, and other features to let you know more about the two mobile WiFi. So that when you want to buy a Huawei mobile WiFi 4G, it would be not difficult to make the decision.

Huawei E5787 VS E5878 Appearance and Interfaces

Huawei E5787 4G+ mobile hotspot is a latest released LTE pocket WiFi hotspot, which has a touchscreen on the front where users can read the connection status and do simple setting for internet connection. The power button is on the top edge side while the USB 3.0 port and two antenna connectors are located at the opposite side. The back cover could be removed to exchange the battery or insert the SIM card. It’s a typical Huawei mobile WiFi with a touchscreen and two connectors for external antennas.

If you have read our blog of Huawei E5878 review, you might be attracted by the appearance of Huawei E5878. It looks very similar to an iPhone with very cool design. As an LTE pocket WiFi hotspot, it has only a small LED screen, not touchable, to show the internet connection status. The power button is on the right edge side with the sim card slot. The SIM card slot design is like iPhone. You have to press the hole to let the slot pop out and then insert the SIM card the press it into the device. The battery of Huawei E5878 is built-in and non-removable. A Mini USB port is available for charging. Unlike other Huawei mobile WiFi, it has no the connector for external antennas.

Huawei E5878 VS E5787 Specs and Features

The appearance of the Huawei E5787 and E5878 are different and it’s not that hard to identify like their names. Then let’s have a review of the Huawei E5787 specs and Huawei E5878 specs:

Model Huawei E5878s-32 Huawei E5787
Product type LTE Mobile Hotspot LTE Mobile Hotspot
Category LTE Cat.4 LTE Cat.6
Chipset  HiSilicon LTE Cat4 Chipset  HiSilicon LTE Cat6 Chipset (Cortex A9 Processor)
Data rates DL 150Mbps/UL 50Mbps DL 300Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands * Huawei E5878s-32: Band 1/3/5/7/8/20 * Huawei E5787s-33a: Band 1/3/5/7/8/20
* Huawei E5787Ph-67a: Band 1/3/5/7/8/28
WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, single-band 2.4GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz
Max support users 10 users 10 users
Connector for external antenna No connector Two, TS-9 jacks
Buy Antenna N/A Huawei E5787 external Antenna
App management Huawei Hilink APP Huawei Hilink APP
SIM type Standard SIM Micro SIM
Battery 1900mAh Removable, 3000mAh
Dimensions 109.5 x 58 x 7.5 mm 109.00 x 58.00 x 7.50mm
Ethernet Port No No
Datasheet download Huawei E5878 Datasheet Huawei E5787 Datasheet
User Manual Huawei E5878 Manual Huawei E5787 Manual
Other features   2 band CA
Firmware download Huawei E5878 Firmware Huawei E5787 Firmware
Drivers Huawei E5878 drivers Huawei E5787 drivers
Reviews Huawei E5878 Review Huawei E5787 Review
Price 159.00USD 269.00USD







From the specs table, we can see that Huawei E5787 4G+ mobile WiFi is more advanced supporting LTE Cat.6 which could achieve download speed up to 300Mbps and upload speed to 50Mpbs. The Huawei E5878 could only reach peak download speed to 150mbps on LTE Category 4. Huawei E5787 has two variant models available now but Huawei E5878 only has one E5878s-32 model. The Huawei E5787 has two connectors for external LTE antennas but E5878s-32 has no antenna connector. And Huawei E5787 has the touchscreen and more advanced WLAN features which should be more user-friendly than E5878. So if you want to buy a good Huawei mobile WiFi with good experience, the Huawei E5787 would be better to consider.


However, since the Huawei E5878 is available few year ago, now the Huawei Prime E5878 price is very attractive now. With the cool classical design, it’s still a good one to consider. The download speed of 150Mbps is actually enough for daily use. And Huawei E5787 price is not cheap now because it’s a new model. If you want a budget mobile WiFi, Huawei Prime E5878 is good to buy.


Huawei Prime E5878 4G Mobile Router

The Huawei Prime LTE Hotspot was presented last year by Chinese manufacturer Huawei. And the specific model number is E5878. It was first available for the network provider EE in United Kingdom. The Huawei Prime supports both UMTS/HSPA+ and LTE cat.4, and enables data rates of up to 150 Mbit/s in the downlink and up to 50 Mbit/s upstream. Up to 10 users can connect to the device wirelessly. The wireless standards 802.11b/g/n are supported. The Huawei Prime is equipped with a built-in 1900 mAh battery, which could last up to eight hours in full operation or up to 380 hours in standby. The operation could be done via the free app “Mobile WiFi” from Huawei.

Huawei E5878 Prime


The Huawei Prime Mobile WiFi E5878 is the thinnest LTE hotspot with a thickness of 7.5 millimeters according to the manufacturer. The Huawei E5878 Prime provides connectivity for up to ten mobile devices. It supports LTE cat.4 and download speeds of up to 150 Mbit/s. Two integrated antennas should allow a more stable connection but there is no connector for external antenna. Inside the LTE hotspots, it’s working on a HiSilicon A9 dual-core chipset. The integrated 1900 mAh battery keeps Huawei E5878 working up to eight hours in LTE mode or 380 hours in standby mode.



Aluminum body and micro-USB port

The aluminum body of the Huawei Prime E5878 has dimensions of 109.5 x 58 x 7.5 millimeters. Due to its size, it fits in a pocket and can therefore be easily carried. By applying a nano-molding technology, the device is to be particularly stable.


On the front panel, there is a 0.96-inch display, which indicates how many devices are currently connected to the Huawei E5878 Prime, the number of messages transmitted and the sent & received data amount. Using the ‘Huawei Mobile WiFi’ app then further information can be queried via the smartphone and functions are exercised. Another connection option is also offered through connection the micro-USB connector on the bottom of the LTE hotspots to a PC. Here over the battery of Huawei Prime can also be charged when connecting a PC.

Huawei-Prime-E5878-4G-Portable router

The Huawei Mobile WiFi E5878 Prime should be already commercially available in the colors black and white. Other color variations are also been found on specific market. If you want to know more information about Huawei Prime E5878 and buy this LTE hotspot, welcome to check .


Huawei E5878 Prime 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot

A router looks like a smartphone, and it’s slim like an iPhone, Huawei has presented a new mobile hotspot Huawei Prime E5878 in its product range. The LTE cat4 seems to be the main stream now. Huawei new mobile hotspots all support LTE category 4 or higher LTE standard. So the Huawei Prime E5878 could support peak download speed to 150Mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps. And it could support up to ten devices wirelessly and can be controlled via an app.

Huawei E5878S-32 WITH PC

LTE features and characteristics of Huawei Prime E5878s-32

Manufacturer and type designation

Prime E5878s-32 Mobile WiFi Huawei

Download rate up

150 MBit/s

Upload rate up

50 MBit/s

Compatible LTE Bands

800 MHz / 1800 MHz / 2600 MHz

backward compatible with


Support of LTE-Advanced


MIMO Support:

MIMO 2×2

Connector for external antenna


LTE Category

LTE modem category 4 (CAT4)


HiSilicon | Cortex A9 dual-core

Wi-Fi standards

WLAN 802.11b/g/n (up to 300 Mbit/s)

Wireless Internet Hotspot function

yes – for up to 10 devices

Number of LAN ports



battery pack

1,900 mAh – not changeable (up to 8 hours surfing)

Dimensions (WxHxD)

58 x 110 x 7.5 mm at 80 g

USB standard


Memory card expansion



Since Q2 2015 trading

available at

»Available at retail

HUAWEI E5878 IN classic black

Technical Features

The Huawei Prime E5878s-32 Mobile WiFi, looks really like a iPhone 4 from the side. With only 7.5 millimeters extremely flat, it can be easily carried in your pocket. The body is integrated in a aluminum enclosure measuring approximately 6 x 11 centimeters. At its 1-inch OLED display, the router displays how many devices are currently connected to him and how much data they consume already – ie sent and received volume. In addition, it shows the received and sent SMS, the battery level, the signal strength and the network used are displayed.


The router has a 128MB of flash memory, as well as an equally large amounts of RAM. A micro SD slot for memory expansion does not exist. And there is a processor HiSilicon Cortex A9 with dual core.

huawei E5878 Front

LTE Cat4 Technology


Equipped with the matching micro-SIM card including data plan allows the Huawei E5878 LTE Prime compounds Category 4 with maximum download speeds of up to 150 Mbit/s and uploads up to 50 Mbit/s. Here the 4G router is backwards compatible with 3G (HSPA+ up to 43 Mbit/s) as well as 2G and has two internal antennas (one on each side of the head of the device) for optimal connection. However, an external antenna can not be connected.


When you have WiFi with standard 802.11b/g/n, it usually takes on 2.4 GHz with up to 300 Mbit/s downstream to be connected. The wireless radio should be 100 meters, with up to ten devices can be connected to the wireless hotspot. The Prime E5878 can be adjusted through a smartphone or tablet.

Huawei E5878 SIM Design

Huawei Mobile WiFi App

When connected to a computer, it supports the operating systems Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1, and Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9. Firmware updates for the device to be supplied by the manufacturer online. Owners of Android smartphones can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, the Huawei Mobile WiFi app and simply connect your smartphone to the router by reading the bar code on the device. With the app, the router can also be controlled via the smart phone as well as further information is obtained.


Through the Micro-USB port, the battery can be charged. With an adapter cable available as an option, a USB-to-Ethernet connection is possible. Push button start, the hotspot is to be operational within 5 seconds. The battery gets to 1,900 mAh, and according to the manufacturer, it should last up to 8 hours of surfing or 380 hours in standby. The capacity would be not enough for surfing, especially since the battery is not replaceable.

huawei E5878 back


The Huawei prime E5878 is available since Q2 2015 at It’s a pity that the battery of the E5878 can’t changed and there is connector for external antenna. If you would like a mobile hotspot with replaceable battery and antenna connector, you may try other model such as Huawei E5372 or Huawei E5377.



Huawei Prime E5878 4G Mobile WiFi Review

Huawei is always the leaders for wireless terminals. And the most popular and well-known products are Huawei E5 pocket WiFi. Around the end of 2014, we get to know a new mobile WiFi hotspot named Huawei Prime E5878(also named Huawei E5878).

Huawei E5878 Image

This new 4GLTE pocket WiFi was already available for UK network operator EE. The model is Huawei E5878s-32. When we first look at the Huawei Prime, we thought it’s a slim mobile phone because it’s really very thin that looks like a small size iPhone. After we read the specifications, we know this is a new wireless hotspot.



Different from other Huawei Mobile WiFi, Huawei Prime E5878 has better craftsmanship, which makes very attractive. The slim size makes it perfect to take outdoors and in pockets. There is a LED screen which will show the connected network operator, WiFi SSID and password, battery status, connected user numbers, online login address and the used data statistics.

HUAWEI Prime E5878 Screen


We cannot find the port for external antenna in the Huawei E5878. This feature ensures the thickness of this smart hotspot. But we feel worried if users connect it in rural areas. Currently, most users prefer to connect an external antenna to the mobile hotspot so as to have better signal and stable data transmission.

Huawei E5878 SIM Slot

What amazing is we found the design of Huawei Prime is special than its predecessors. The SIM card is in Nano size which has to be put in a SIM slot and insert to the body. This feature just learnt from Apple iPhone. We think this is good because it can stabilize the performance when connecting wireless network.


The battery in the Huawei Prime is rechargeable but unremoveable. It’s a pity that the battery capacity is only 1900mAh, which can support only 4-5 working hours. Most users want the 4G hotspots to have large capacity so that their mobile phones or Pads can get better battery support.



Now the shop 4GLTEMALL.COM can supply unlocked Huawei Prime E5878, if you want to change your data plan or roam to other countries in Europe, Huawei E5878 would be a good option because the unlocked on could work with Vodafone, Orange, Tenelor, Testra and other network operators in Asia and Middle East.


Huawei Prime E5878 4G Mobile Hotspot First View

At IFA in Berlin, Huawei has shown the E5878 LTE router for first time, a very thin mobile hotspot with metal frame and glass covers. The size of new router E5878 is only as small as a credit card; it is only about 7.5mm thick and weighs only 80 grams including battery. On the technical side, the Huawei E5878 offers LTE with up to 150 MBit/s in downlink and an operating time of up to 8 hours.

Huawei Prime E5878 is the first mobile hotspot from Huawei, which was developed with a focus on design. It is much smaller, thinner and smarter than most devices currently available and could therefore attract more audiences. Unlike other mobile hotspot, Huawei E5878 appears in unusual colors such as light blue, gold and pink to meet users various demand.

Not only E5878 focus on design and materials, but also Huawei E5878 dominates in the technical data. It offers LTE Category 4 with up to 150 MBit/s in downlink and 50 Mbit/s in the uplink, what’s more, DC-HSPA+ UMTS network are backward. If the Huawei E5878 is unlocked, it would support a lot of bands to be operational worldwide.

The operation is done in the browser via a web interface or via App for Smartphone and Tablet. The Huawei Mobile WiFi app is available for both Android and iOS and of course also shows important status information such as the consumed data volume.
On the front of the Huawei E5878, a small OLED display is attached with a diagonal of just one inch.  Next to the network operator, the battery and the network available are displayed and the data volume and the online time. It’s a pity that the WLAN module in the Huawei E5878 supports only connections in the frequency range of 2.4 GHz (802.11b/g/n). This could prove to be a disadvantage in some situations, because this frequency range is overloaded quickly in some places such as trade shows or events. In total, a maximum of 10 devices can be connected simultaneously via Wi-Fi with the E5878, a secondary user can use the Internet connection via USB.

Use Huawei Prime to stay online for up to 8 hours of use in LTE mode or 380 hours of standby time provided by the 1900 mAh battery. What’s more, all of these features can be controlled remotely by a smartphone using the ‘Huawei Mobile WiFi’ application available to download via major app stores. Huawei Prime comes in white and black, and will be available in Europe, Middle East, and other markets from mid-September. Customized versions including sunny gold, peach pink or turquoise green, with polka dot or diamond texture effects, will also be available in selected markets.