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Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Science | By Guadalupe Butler

ZTE's upcoming gigabit phone will pave the way to the 5G era

ZTE's upcoming gigabit phone will pave the way to the 5G era

For now, that is.

ZTE will reportedly announce its first gigabit LTE smartphone - fittingly - at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

While it's unlikely that you'll see support for gigabit LTE on your carrier anytime soon, you have to start somewhere. It is, but, a peek into the future.

For those of you wondering what indeed gigabit LTE actually is, it's a wireless technology that is able to support speeds of up to 1Gbps, which are far faster than anything 4G LTE offers. Qualcomm unveiled its first 5G compatible modem - Snapdragon X50 - with gigabit LTE technology past year. The device featured the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem - announced previously in early 2016 - inside for Gigabit LTE connectivity. For now we can only guess if the Gigabit Phone will have the latest SoC by the San Diego-based company or another solution. In fact, it has said nothing at all.

Unsurprisingly, the ZTE gigabit phone is being tipped to use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor, as it includes an X16 modem capable of supporting gigabit LTE speeds. It's named for its Gigabit LTE speeds (this isn't 5G - that's not here yet), which should allow for high-quality multimedia streaming, mobile VR, "instant cloud storage" and more.

Straight from the mouth of babes, ZTE has announced what it plans to showcase at this year's Mobile World Congress 2017, happening February 27 in Barcelona.

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