Huawei E5786 MiFi announced, blazingly fast 300 Mbps over LTE

February 24, 2014
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Huawei wants you to download HD movies in just 30 seconds, or upload your videos to YouTube in under 10 seconds, all over LTE. In an early announcement out of MWC in Barcelona, Huawei has introduced a few new toys, including the E5786 LTE MiFi unit. The E5786 is an impressive upgrade to previous Huawei MiFi units, touting itself the world’s fastest MiFi.

The Huawei E5786 is able to connect up to 10 of your devices at a time. Connectivity is pretty slick, capable mobile devices can connect without entering a password by simply scanning a QR code on the E5786′s screen.

Huawei claims 10 hours of LTE connected battery life, with 500 hours in standby, and unique power saving technology that improves performance by 30% over the competition. The E5786 also has a reverse charging feature, allowing you to borrow a bit of juice and pump it into your tablet or smartphone via USB connection. Recharging is done via Micro USB 3.0 and only takes three hours.

Quick Huawei E5786 Specs

  • Download Speeds: 300Mbps
  • Upload Speeds: 100Mbps
  • WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n, dual band 2.4/5Ghz with double antenna
  • 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO
  • 3000mAh battery
  • 155g

Check out the full specifications list at the Huawei global site.

Huawei E5786

This sounds like a solid device so far, but Huawei has also installed some great software in the E5786, claiming a 5 second start-up. One would expect a battery status indicator, but it also tracks data traffic, can monitor SMS messages and lets you choose auto-disconnect settings to balance battery life with convenience. “Huawei’s Mobile WiFi” companion app lets you control these settings right from your smartphone.

Huawei plans to sell the E5786 to Australia, the Middle East, Russia and selected European markets by May 2014. No word on pricing or further global availability.

With the ever increasing capabilities of smartphones, do you see the need for a dedicated MiFi unit? If you already own a MiFi unit with the typical 5 device connection limit, have you hit that cap, do you see the need to connect up to 10 devices at once?

Comments

  • On a Clear Day

    I suppose if someone was in a situation where they didn’t want or couldn’t hook up to a regular cable/internet provider it might be useful.

    Otherwise, it seems like it would be just one additional monthly cost; one more layer of complexity and way to open yourself to hassles unforeseen down the road. Who – but someone who is retired with too much time on their hands and/or waiting to die – has time to view all these movies that one could download in 30 seconds? And why download a movie when you can use any of the various services – Netflix, Hulu etc – that already offer more content to narcotize one’s mind than Afghanistan produces heroin?

    I can see why mobile carriers might like to see you use it – one more payment in their coffers each month; how nice for them. I do not own a major carrier so this is of no great import to me.

  • abazigal

    I have a huawei 4g mifi router which I use to supply an internet connection to my iPad and macbook air. It’s pretty handy, so the poster below is right in that it is also one more device for me to manage / charge. That said, to me, these specs are pointless so long as carriers remain stingy with their data caps.

    To put things in context, I signed up for a 5gb/month wireless broadband plan. What is the point of such lightning fast connections when I don’t have the data to sustain its use for more than a few minutes? It’s like getting a lamborghini, but being given only a teaspoon of gas to travel on!

  • Maada Moseray

    This is a product designed for a market with little or no broadband coming down a fiber optic, or coaxial cable. This is for a market where most of the population use wireless means of connection. This becomes your connection device for home or office (note: “connect up to 10 users”). I have one of these made by Huawei and it is very useful.