Vodafone K5150 LTE stick produced by Huawei will come soon also in Germany on the market for Vodafone. In this article, we will write a few words about the technical details and introduce you to know more about this LTE surf stick. The HUAWEI K5150 is the direct successor of the popular Vodafone K5005(Huawei E398) and is technically on the absolute amount of time: With support for LTE Category 4, up to 150 megabits per second for downstream and up to 50 Mbit/s for upload speed are possible.
HiSilicon Chipset and Frequency Bands
The Chinese manufacturer Huawei has almost exclusively a modem chipset of its own subsidiary HiSilicon for some months. No wonder the Hi6920, the company has one of the most powerful modem ever on the market – even the top chipset supplier Qualcomm, its LTE Category 4 can currently offer only his smartphone chipset MSM8974 (Snapdragon 800). As it is not surprising that the Vodafone K5150 has such HiSilicon Balong integrated 710/ Hi6920 chipset.
Based on this chipset, the Maximum LTE speed for download is at 150 Mbit/s, when working in the UMTS network, the speed via DC-HSPA+ is up to 42.2 Mbit/s. By the way, the K5150 LTE supports 800/1800/2100/2600 MHz frequency bands, and K5150 supports 3G UMTS bands on 900/2100 MHz. In addition, the HUAWEI K5150 is of course 2G EDGE and GSM backward as a fallback on board again.
Vodafone Design and Software
Vodafone K5150 is made entirely of plastic, on the back it’s in shiny red and on the front painted in white. The USB port cannot fold, which means that the K5150 is certainly inconvenient for some users, especially since the Huawei E3276 is a technically equivalent model on the market; the rotatable USB is an attractive and user-friendly feature.
Not only the hardware, the software is also fully maintained in the Vodafone-design and therefore especially suitable for use with Vodafone SIM cards. A preliminary field test in the coming weeks will be able to say more about what handling and user friendliness of the software. As a mature LTE modem, the software for the Vodafone K5150 is naturally functional on all major operating systems such as Windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS X.
The other technical data correspond to those expected of a current LTE Surfstick for the high-end class: an LED on the top shows in different colors the respective operating mode. There is also a slot for MicroSD memory cards to 32 gigabytes. Also two connectors for external antenna type TS-9 are on board. One port is located under the cover of the memory card slot, the other terminal has a separate cover. When using the LTE network, the connection of two antennas and a MIMO antenna is recommended due to the MIMO antenna technology would improve the connection speed.
Price and release date
The Vodafone K5150 should be available in the next few days in the Vodafone online shop and at other online retailers such as www.4gltemall.com . As an alternative, the technically equivalent Huawei E3276 offers even same specifications; the model number is E3276s-151. So if you like HUAWEI Brand, you could take E3276 into consideration for Vodafone 4G networks.