ZTE Gigabit Phone is a Snapdragon 835 test bed for 5G
ZTE’s pulling out the 1337 speak for its “5uper Generation” smartphone and it does have reason to do so: it’s the first phone out in the public with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in it.
The Gigabit Phone isn’t meant for consumer hands, though, as it really is just a showcase for the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem with access to LTE-U frequencies, 4×4 MIMO, high-level carrier aggregation and 256-QAM to leverage this awkward space that LTE is in right now — let’s call it “4.5G” — to pull in 1Gbps speeds.
Apparently, we’re going those speeds “changes human life forever” with Hi-Fi music, instant cloud storage and streaming 360-degree video possible. All we have to hope for is to see those propagate. Press briefings about what the phone can do are available at MWC 2017 — we hope to get you more information.