Last week we looked at the affordable 4G phone that Huawei released at MWC 2014, the Ascend G6, but that wasn’t all that was unveiled at the Barcelona event. Huawei also showcased the E5786 4G router, a huge leap forwards in mobile hotspots.
What is so special about the E5786 4G router? Well there are two things that set this mobile hotspot apart from its predecessors:
- It supports connection speeds of up to 300Mbps. The E5786 supports the dual-stream spec of the 802.11n standard. All previous hotspots have only supported the single stream spec, meaning that they were capped at speeds of 150Mbps.
- It supports true dual band. The E5786 is the first Mi-Fi router that is truly dual band, which means that it can work on the 2.4 Ghz frequency band and the 5Ghz frequency band at the same time.
Huawei has confirmed that with the latest standard of 4G LTE, the highly portable mobile router is capable of download speeds of 300Mbps and upload speeds of 100Mbps. To put that in context you could download an HD movie in just 30 seconds. Of course the actual speeds that can be achieved depend on your 4G network provider and the coverage that is available in your area. No UK network currently supports the speeds that the E5786 is capable of, although EE is now testing this in a few locations for particular businesses, so a larger rollout looks possible later in the year.
According to Richard Yu, CEO of the Huawei Consumer Business Group, “The Huawei E5786 enables people to enjoy continuous high-speed connectivity with maximum signal connection. With the Huawei E5786, Huawei is catering to the growing consumer demand for fast and reliable connectivity anytime, anywhere.”
Additional Features of the E5786
One of the main benefits of the E5786 is its powerful 3,000mAh battery. The battery is often a limiting factor in mobile router speed because the faster the speed that a device supports the more battery power it uses. With its exceptionally powerful battery, the E5786 is easily able to support ten devices in LTE mode for up to ten hours, with around 500 hours standby time. It includes power saving technology that improves performance by around 30%. In addition you’ll be able to use the device to charge other MicroUSB devices such as your smartphone or tablet.
Another key benefit of the Huawei E5786 4G router is its portability. At just 0.6inches it is incredibly slim and weighs a mere five ounces. The device can be monitored from your smartphone using a mobile app from Huawei, and the LCD screen provides an interface for SMS messages, data traffic, and battery life. Huawei states that it only takes five seconds to start, which is far quicker than most mobile hotspots.
The E5786 4G mobile router is only available in black, and is likely to be released in Europe in May. However, users are unlikely to be able to appreciate the full potential of the device until UK 4G network providers can support the speeds it is capable of.