Telecom giant ZTE announced the world’s first 5G smartphone on Sunday at the Mobile World Congress 2017. The phone is currently a prototype smartphone that has been dubbed the “Gigabit Phone” as it has capabilities of reaching downloads speeds of up to 1Gbps, which is 10 times faster than most current smartphones.
The ZTE Gigabit Phone is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform with an integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem and utilises a combination of carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO antenna technology, and 256-QAM modulation to achieve LTE download speeds of 1Gbps.
Note that while ZTE has called the Gigabit phone a “forward-looking” smartphone, which implies that it won’t be sold to consumers right now, but when 5G infrastructure is solidified. ZTE said it also completed 5G single-point technology and prototype verification and has now entered the 5G solution verification and product R&D phase.
“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,” a ZTE spokesperson said. “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.”
As ZDNET stated: “Under the current International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) 2020 technical performance requirements, 5G networks must be capable of downlink peak data rates of 20Gbps; uplink peak data rates of 10Gbps; downlink user-experienced data rates of 100Mbps; uplink user-experienced data rates of 50Mbps; 4ms latency for enhanced mobile broadband; and 1ms latency for ultra-reliable low-latency communications devices.”
With 1Gbps download speeds, you’ll be able to instantly live-stream high-quality video and watch 360 degrees panoramic VR video. If you ever happen to pick up one of these, we’d recommend splurging on an unlimited data plan.
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