ZTE's Gigabit Phone is a Stepping Stone to 5G

Gigabit LTE device can support speeds up to 1Gbps, which means the ZTE smartphone will be ready for 5G technology.

Ahead of MWC, ZTE has announced that it will be revealing the rather unimaginatively named ZTE Gigabit Phone at MWC. This handset will be called the ZTE Gigabit Phone, and according to the company, it marks "an important cornerstone for the 5G mobile era". Naturally, the Gigabit Phone will allow for 1 gigabit per second download speeds, which ZTE believes would advance 360 degree panoramic virtual reality videos, allow for "instant cloud storage", high-quality music- and movie-streaming, and more.

Now, let's talk a bit more about this smartphone, shall we.

The company will showcase the "forward-looking" capabilities of its first Gigabit smartphone, in addition to a few new devices. Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon X50 modem in partnership with Netgear, Ericsson, and Telstra.

I would expect that this ZTE device will feature either Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 or their Snapdragon X16 modem. This will probably be one of the only phones right now that will be able to support the 5G data frequency, offering much higher speeds than existing 4G data speeds. There's no word on the other specs, the availability, or even what networks/carriers they are partnering with to make this phone's promised gigabit speeds possible.

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