ZTE to unveil world’s first gigabit LTE smartphone at MWC 2017

ZTE to unveil world’s first gigabit LTE smartphone at MWC 2017
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NEW DELHI: ZTE seems to be planning on taking smartphone connectivity a step ahead this MWC 2017. The company has announced that it will launch a new handset with gigabit LTE connectivity support. The smartphone is dubbed as ZTE Gigabit Phone.

“At #MWC17, we’re going to talk about #Pre5G, the world’s first gigabit smartphone and building healthy ecosystems. Can’t wait! #5G,” tweeted the company.

ZTE says that with gigabit LTE connectivity, users will be able to create 360-degree VR content, 4K videos and more while on-the-go.

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“The ZTE Gigabit Phone is revolutionizing connectivity with a new standard of download speeds – 1Gbps, bringing a qualitative leap to a new world of mobile experience by making 360-degree panoramic VR video, instant cloud storage, entertainment upgrades and fast cache of ultra Hi-Fi music and movies possible,” reads the press release on the company’s MWC 2017 page.

For those unaware, gigabit LTE is a wireless technology that can support download speeds of up to 1Gbps. Last year, Qualcomm along with Netgear, Ericsson and Telstra created a mobile hotspot that could deliver download speeds of up to 1Gbps. The chipmaker announced that its upcoming chipsets in the Snapdragon 800 series will also include X16 modem that supports 1Gbps download speeds.

Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 835 also comes with an X16 modem. This also means that ZTE’s upcoming handset could feature the same chipset. Not much is known about the smartphone as of yet.

ZTE will not only be launching the aforementioned smartphone at MWC 2017, but may also unveil a new smartwatch.

The company is rumoured to be working on its first-ever smartwatch too. As per a new leak, the smartwatch is likely to be called Quartz.

The device will run on Google’s Android Wear platform and is likely to come with Wi-Fi and 3G support. Connectivity options will enable users to access data and take calls using the smartwatch, even when it is not paired with a smartphone.
Bearing model number ZW10, it is expected that the company may unveil the wearable at the upcoming MWC 2017. No other details about the alleged smartwatch’s specs are available so far.

The company also provided details about its first ever crowd-sourced smartphone last month. Known as Project CSX (Crowd Source X), a prototype of the smartphone was showcased at the CES 2017 tradeshow.


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