Breaking: ZTE show world’s first 5G smartphone at MWC


We’d heard the rumours about ZTE’s 5G smartphone, and at the start of MWC the phone has proven to be a reality!

With smartphone users using their devices to stream more video, music and video chat faster data connections are required to keep up with deman. 4G LTE is the fastest standard that we have at our fingertips today, but over at MWC ZTE are showing a 5G phone.

The devices is dubbed the “5uper Generation Gigabit” and boasts download speeds of up to 1Gbps!

Interestingly the handset runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem to achieve download speeds that are as much as 10x faster than currently available.

We don’t know the full specifications of the ZTE Gigabit phone as it is designed as a demo model only, but it does mean that faster 5G networks are just around the corner.

ZTE’s official press release follows:

ZTE Unveils Forward-looking “5uper Generation” Smartphone
with Download Speeds Reaching up to 1Gbps

26 February 2017, Barcelona –ZTE, a leading global mobile device maker is returning to Barcelona for the 13th time, unveil the Gigabit Phone, the world’s first smartphone with download speeds reaching up to 1Gbps. Thanks to ZTE’s independently developed Pre5G Giga+ MBB solution and smart devices, onsite visitors witnessed a successful test of download speeds reaching up to 1Gbps on the Gigabit Phone, an indicator of ZTE’s technology strength in the upcoming “5uper Generation”.

Achieving 1Gbps Through an Advanced System & Terminal Device
The ZTE Gigabit Phone, powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 mobile platform with an integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, utilizes a combination of carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO antenna technology, and 256-QAM modulation to achieve LTE download speeds that are up to 10x faster than first generation LTE devices.
Thanks to ZTE’s technology strength in 5G and Pre5G Giga+ MBB solutions, the ZTE Gigabit Phone is three times as powerful at improving data processing capability in the current network. It is the cornerstone of ZTE introducing 5G to 4G networks and providing worldwide carriers with Pre 5G solutions.

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In the future, with download speeds up to 1Gbps as a standard and ZTE’s technology strength in 5G systems and networks, the mobile experience on smart devices will be enhanced to an unimaginable level.

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Up to 1Gbps Download Speeds Changes Human Life Forever
The Gigabit phone will challenge world limits and transform the ultimate pursuit of human senses. The unimaginable speed of up to 1Gbps will improve users’ lifestyles by allowing for 360° panoramic VR video, instant cloud storage, entertainment upgrades and fast cache of ultra Hi-Fi music and movies, and instant APP, which removes the need for download or installation of applications.
The introduction of ZTE’s Gigabit-class mobile phone marks an important cornerstone for the 5G mobile era. This phone is not only revolutionizing communication, but also revolutionizing human connectivity with a new standard of speed, bringing a qualitative leap to a new world of mobile experience.

“We are thrilled to introduce the world’s first smartphone with download speeds up to 1Gbps. With the new device, the way people stay connected will be changed forever.” said a ZTE spokesperson. “Focusing on 5G technologies will be one of the key priorities of ZTE’s global development. ZTE will be very glad to leverage its technology strength and experience in 5G to cooperate with government and business partners to discuss and facilitate the upcoming 5G era.”

At MWC 2017, ZTE will focus on leading 5G evolution, advancing cloudification, creating the Internet of Everything, and launching state-of-art devices. The ZTE booth at MWC 2017 will be located at 3F30, Hall 3, Fira Gran Via, Barcelona. Visitors are welcome to demo the latest pioneering technology for the new connected era, as well as view a thrilling holographic video and explore the Axon 7 & Google Daydream experience area and the Axon7 Max and Blade V8 3D photo shooting experience zone.

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  1. Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
    February 26, 2017

    ZTE <3 🙂

  2. Assefa Hanson
    February 26, 2017

    Too bad i live in a third world country that will take forever to go 5G

    • Muhammad Yasir
      February 26, 2017

      @disqus_r1Q7QWXwnZ:disqus , where are you from ?

      • Assefa Hanson
        February 27, 2017


        • February 27, 2017

          oh, from the land of the Gayle winds 😉

          • Assefa Hanson
            February 27, 2017

            Yes sir before that there was brian lara

            • February 27, 2017

              Of course, the great Brian Lara. To say that whatever’s going on with West Indies cricket is a shame would be an understatement.

            • Assefa Hanson
              February 27, 2017

              A damn shame

      • Jeremy Dre
        February 27, 2017

        Jamaica has 4g but it’s not real 4g, it’s more like 3.1G. lol

    • Rob
      February 26, 2017

      Don’t worry about it, I don’t get 4g yet so this is years away.