You likely know the uncomfortable feeling when family members refuse to talk to each other, and such is the case with FD-LTE and TD-LTE -- two similar but incompatible LTE technologies that've gained traction across the globe. Now ZTE is looking to play peacekeeper with its MF820S2 USB modem and MF91S mobile hotspot, each which speak fluently in both LTE languages. While Marvell was the first to accomplish this feat with its modem chipset, ZTE's two globetrotting products are the first we're aware of that are ready for retail shelves. That said, both units seem best suited for users based in China, as the fallback technologies include only TD-SCDMA and EDGE. ZTE's USB modem is said to provide up to 68Mbps connectivity over TD-LTE networks and up to 100Mbps over the FD-LTE counterpart, whereas the mobile hotspot wields a 2,300mAh battery. As always, you'll find the full PR after the break.
ZTE Unveils World First Multi-Mode TDD/FDD LTE Terminal Products
Strengthening ZTE's leadership in end-to-end terminal solutions
HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ZTE Corporation ("ZTE") (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and mobile devices, announced today the introduction of MF820S2 and MF91S, the world's first multi-standard USB modem and uFi which supports LTE FDD/LTE TDD/TD-SCDMA / EDGE. ZTE's multi-mode wireless devices represent the next chapter in LTE terminal product development, breaking down regional standard barriers and constraints at user end points.
ZTE's aggressive innovation spans the entire range of LTE terminal products, including high end smart phones, tablets, uFis and modems. The new MF820S2 and MF91S follow an outstanding lineage of new terminal solutions such as the global introduction of China's first LTE tablet, the V96A; ZTE's first single-chip LTE smartphone, the Grand X LTE (T82); the MF91 uFi and the MF821 modem.
As the first Chinese LTE tablet in the global market, the V96A is testament of the company's commitment to design and innovation – combining looks and advanced functionalities – as an-all-in-one entertainment device. The Grand X LTE (T82) is part of the ZTE's Grand series, the company's high-end flagship smartphone offering. The smartphone features top of the range specifications and a unique buttonless design resembling a mini tablet PC.
"This is a transformational year for ZTE's terminal business. We are catalyzing LTE development on the global stage through heralding new innovations in the LTE terminal market. The new MF820S2 and MF91S are clear demonstrations of ZTE's leadership in LTE," said ZTE EVP and Head of the Terminal Division, Mr. He Shiyou. "Through continued investment in R&D, we hope to deliver even more cutting edge products for ZTE's end-to-end terminal suite.
Through its 18 state-of-the-art R&D centers around the world, ZTE has accumulated much experience in the field of wireless technology. In 2011, the company invested USD 1.33 billion (RMB 8,492.6 million) in R&D, a 19.7 per cent increase from USD 1.11 billion (RMB 7,092.0 million) in 2010. The company now holds seven per cent of all global LTE patents among vendors.
"ZTE continues to forge the development of the global telecommunications industry through pioneering technological breakthroughs. With the industry's most comprehensive product range and solutions, covering virtually every telecommunications sector, ZTE is focused on winning through innovation and continued investment in R&D," added Mr. He.
ZTE's new LTE terminal suite
The MF820S2 is the world's first LTE FDD/LTE TDD/TD-SCDMA/EDGE multi-standard data card. It features LTE TDD 68M DL speed, LTE FDD 100M DL speed, USB Rotator (270 degrees rotation), and internal antenna. It is compatible with major operators and network systems around the world. With customized networks at different locations, it provides flexibility for travelers.
Another global first multi-mode device in the line-up is the MF91S portable uFi, supporting LTE FDD/LTE TDD/TD-SCDMA/EDGE standards. Weighing only 105g and running on Li-ion 2300mAh, the mini pocket uFi is the most suitable companion for PC laptops, Macbooks or multi-device users on-the-go.
The V96A features a dual-core 1.5-GHz processor, 10-inch high definition capacity screen and dual cameras (5.0-mega pixel rear camera and 2.0-mega pixel front camera). The gadget supports 1080p HD video and Dolby Mobile 3.0 sound system, providing an unrivalled visual and audio entertainment experience anytime, anyplace. It also comes with an accelerometer of G-sensor, eCompass and Gyrosensor, which makes it a great mobile device for gaming on-the-go.
The Grand X LTE (T82) uses a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and operates on the Android 4.0 platform. Features include an 8 mega-pixel main camera that supports 1080p HD video shooting and playback and a front camera that supports 720p HD video calls with a 4.3 inch screen in the quality of QHD resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. This next-generation phone provides an unprecedented experience for video chats and teleconferencing. It also equipped with Li-ion 1900mAh battery, a proximity sensor and a digital compass.
The LTE DL/UL 100/50Mbps MF91 uFi has a Micro USB port and SIM socket. It is compatible with Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac iOS. It has an internal antenna and two external antenna slots.
The LTE FDD/3G dual-mode wireless home gateway MF 28D supports a PSTN connection and has USB storage share, DLNA, an internal antenna and a compatible external antenna.
The LTE 1800(B3)/2100(B1)/2600(B7) MHz MF 821 provides superior user experience in a small package. It has a micro SD with a capacity of up to 32GB; it is compatible with Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac iOS and has two external antenna slots.