During the MWC 2017 event, Chinese manufacturer ZTE introduced the Gigabit Phone, a concept claiming to be the first smartphone able to reach download speeds of up to 1Gbp. Of course, we don’t know if this device will become reality, since it was made just to showcase ZTE’s 5G network ability.
At the core, the phone has a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, with an integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, relying on a combination of carrier aggregation, the 4×4 MIMO antenna technology, as well as 256-QAM Modulation, both of them allowing the phone to achieve download speeds up to 10 times faster than the current generation of LTE devices.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that the company also highlighted its 5G and Pre5G Giba+ MBB solutions during their event.
One of the main advantage of such ridiculous download speeds on a smartphone is the possibility to allow 360-degree VR, instant cloud storage, and streaming HQ music and movies. Of course, right now, such features aren’t considered essential, but in a few years, they will definitely be, considering the technology evolution rate.
ZTE calls this device a “forward-looking 5uper Generation smartphone” and it’s still on display at MWC 2017, so anybody can check out the practical demonstration of this technology.
We’re looking forward to the day when such impressive devices will make it to mass production!