Ahead of the MWC 2017 coming up in a couple of days, ZTE has announced plans to launch a 5G-ready smartphone. The ZTE Gigabit Phone will be the first ever smartphone with support for Gigabit LTE speeds and joins an exclusive list of device with support for this very fast wireless standard.
While other specs are not revealed yet, the ZTE Gigabit Phone is tipped to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC which comes equipped with the X16 LTE Modem, that is capable of reaching Gigabit Class LTE speeds – 1Gbps (peak download speed) and 150Mbps (peak upload speed).
In addition, the device will be able to record 4K videos (which can be stitched together to create 360-degree panoramic VR videos), instant cloud storage, entertainment upgrades and fast cache of ultra Hi-Fi music and movies possible”.
At the moment, the only place in the world with such high-speed coverage is Australia. Early this month, local carrier – Telestra, collaborated with Qualcomm, Ericsson and Netgear, to launch the world’s first commercial Gigabit device – the NightHawk M1.
Also at the MWC, ZTE is also expected to showcase new Blade series smartphones and an upgraded Axon 7 with Daydream VR support.