ZTE launching a gigabit smartphone at Mobile World Congress

Besides the incredible download speeds - ZTE did not share details of how the phone will achieve such fast connectivity - the Gigabit Phone will also have the ability to create panoramic, 360-degree video, and it will come with "instant cloud storage". It can also support instant cloud storage. Qualcomm is making necessary steps to ensure its future chipsets are also similarly capable of outputting to those speeds, by adding its LTE-capable, gigabit producing X16 modem included in its Snapdragon 835 processor.

Ahead of MWC, ZTE has announced that it will be revealing the rather unimaginatively named ZTE Gigabit Phone at MWC. More details of the smartphone are still under wraps.

Qualcomm is another firm at the forefront of bringing gigabit LTE to the masses and is the only company that has so far released a product that harnesses its power, a mobile hotspot that it developed in conjunction with Netgear, Ericsson and Telstra.

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Gigabit LTE device can support speeds up to 1Gbps, which means the ZTE smartphone will be ready for 5G technology, expected to roll out by 2020. Qualcomm came out with a gigabit LTE-compatible chip previous year while the first gigabit internet network went live in Australia just last month.

If the report is anything to go by, then ZTE could become one of the first smartphone makers to launch a 5G-compatible smartphone. Although no word on the specifications of the phone has been announced just yet, we should see some big specifications on the spec-sheet when the phone is released this MWC 2017.