Huawei's E583C mobile hotspot: looks so good, you'll wish it weren't portable

Okay, so maybe that's a stretch, but there's no question that Huawei's newest mobile hotspot is indeed a looker. Blessed with a silver and black motif as well as a subtle 1-inch color OLED for providing status information at a glance, the new E583C follows in the footsteps of the E585 and Vodafone's R201. Functionally, it's fairly predictable, offering a 3.5G HSPA connection to up to five devices over WiFi and a sixth via a direct USB connection. There's support for Windows, Mac and Linux platforms, with a promise of hitting upwards of 5.76Mbps (up) and 7.2Mbps (down). Huawei's also tossing in a microSD card slot, and if you aren't turned on by MiFi-esque mobile routers, the newly introduced E173u USB modem just might do the trick. Catch 'em later this month in Hong Kong for HK$1,380 ($177) and HK$498 ($64), respectively.

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Huawei Debut Next-Generation Personal Mobile Wi-Fi Device - HUAWEI E583C - in Hong Kong

"Wi-Fi in Your Pocket" enables unlimited infotainment on the go

HONG KONG, CHINA, July 27 2010: Huawei, a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, will make it even easier for Hong Kong consumers to enjoy high-speed Internet surfing anytime, anywhere with the Huawei-branded E583C, its next-generation mobile Wi-Fi device. Huawei has been providing innovative telecom infrastructure equipment and terminal devices such as smartphones and USB mobile broadband modems to major Hong Kong operators for many years.

Huawei's first-generation mobile Wi-Fi device, the E5, set the trend in Asia for mobile Wi-Fi hot spots, and had achieved unprecedented successes around the world, including the UK, Hong Kong, and Japan. Based on the solid foundation of E5, Huawei has made further improvements in E583C's performance and stability. With an E583C in their pockets or bags, users will be able to enjoy immediate access to mobile broadband network anytime, anywhere, without the encumbrance of cable connections.

The E583C converts 3.5G HSPA mobile signal into an umbrella of powerful Wi-Fi coverage, automatically creating safe group Internet access and individual Wi-Fi hot points for up to five Wi-Fi-enabled digital devices. The E583C can also provide simultaneous internet access to a sixth device when it is connected to a laptop computer via a USB cable. Its design is fashionable and handy (with net weight of 90 grams), and comes with a 1-inch color OLED display which can clearly show information such as operator-network details, signal strength, Wi-Fi connection status, and battery level. The E583C enables easy wireless data transmission or online gaming on a wide range of Wi-Fi-enabled digital devices, including iPads, iPod Touchs, netbooks, laptop computers, portable multimedia centers, game consoles, personal digital assistants (PDAs), handsets and digital cameras.

Like all Huawei mobile broadband products, the E583C is a plug-and-play device, eliminating the hassle of installing any drivers to their laptops. Windows, Mac or Linux laptop users can enjoy high speed data transmission speeds of up to 5.76Mbps (uplink) and 7.2Mbps (downlink) through the networks of major Hong Kong 3.5G HSPA mobile broadband Internet service providers. This allows users to instantaneously upload or download music and video files. The E583C also has a built-in microSD memory card slot (maximum 32GB) that can serve as a USB memory stick. Business executives, particularly when working away from the office, as well as gadget lovers can now experience the excitement of on-the-go wireless internet.

HUAWEI E173u USB Mobile Broadband Modem
Huawei's USB mobile broadband modems have always been highly regarded in the marketplace. According to ABI Research , Huawei mobile broadband terminal products ranked number one in terms of global market share in 2009., and as of May 2010, Huawei has shipped more than one billion units of related products.

About the size of a small key chain, the E173u USB mobile broadband modem is handy and convenient to carry around. Similar to the E583C, the E173u is a plug-and-play device which allows Windows, Mac and Linux users to enjoy immediate access to high-speed HSPA networks. The USB modem also has a built-in microSD memory card slot (maximum 32GB) which can serve as a memory stick.

"Our unmatched R&D capabilities have enabled us to continually bring innovative, top quality mobile devices to Hong Kong," said Tiger Lu, Chief Representative, Hong Kong Representative Office of Huawei. "We are confident that Synergy Technologies (Asia) Limited, through its strong distribution network and solid market experience, will allow more consumers to be able to enjoy and learn about the unprecedented user experience with Huawei's products."

Francis Fong, General Manager of Synergy Technologies (Asia) Limited , said: "Wireless Internet connectivity has become a part of everyday life, and the trend is to simultaneously get online with more than one device, wherever a user may be. We are happy and excited to work with Huawei and introduce the E583C and E173u to the Hong Kong market. We believe that users will definitely like these two high-functionality devices."

Availability and suggested retail prices
The E583C and E173u will be available from August, and sold through digital equipment retail stores and retail outlets at major computer shopping malls in Hong Kong. The suggested retail prices of the two devices are HK$1,380 and HK$498 respectively.