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November 08, 2010

Huawei introduces E5 “Pocket MiFi”

Huawei has announced that they’ll be shipping the new E5 “Pocket MiFi” to the Philippines this month. E5 is the next gen of Globe’s MyFi (only that it’s open-line). They have the same weight and size but the main difference is that the E5 now has a screen to show the signal strength, if you’re connected and the battery meter.

Here’s the press release from Huawei and GComm Business Corp.:

“Huawei is finally bringing its innovative terminal products to the Philippine market. In line with its vision of providing people the opportunity to join the information age regardless of geography and social class, Huawei will officially launch its consumer line products this November starting with the E5 “Pocket Mifi” mobile wireless modem.

Huawei E5 Pocket Mifi is a personal connection device and an ideal mobile broadband solution for Filipinos wanting portable, affordable and high-speed wireless connectivity, anytime, anywhere.

It will be available for sale at Php5,995 in retail shops soon and is exclusively distributed by GComm Business Corp.”

The E5 can function as a mobile wireless hotspot up to 5 devices. You can also turn it into a network storage device by adding more storage with a microSD up to 16GB capacity. Battery is really good, it can give you 3G speed connection for 5-10 hours in a single charge.

I’ve been playing around with the E5 for a couple of weeks now and I’ll be bringing it to my trip to Hong Kong this week. With Globe, my max speed with it is 1.2Mbps downstream. I want to try the maximum 3G speed in Hong Kong. I tried using it on the road and I was pretty impressed that I did not lose signal and WiFi connection in EDSA while cruising.

And since I’m a Globe Tattoo user, one thing that you need to know is that even if you don’t have battery left on the E5, you can still connect it to your laptop’s USB port to charge and act as a regular 3G USB dongle. This unit should be available in the market by the end of November. I can’t see myself going back to using the old Globe Tattoo 3G USB dongle. Full review coming out next week.

Gcomm Business Corp. is the exclusive distributor of Huawei E5 Pocket MiFi in the Philippines. You can contact them at (+632) 659.00.72 or email at admin@gcomm.ph.

Editor’s Note: Dale is a reviews & special assignments contributor for YugaTech. You can follow him on Twitter @dalekins. – Yuga

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45 Responses to “Huawei introduces E5 “Pocket MiFi””

  1. gringo says:

    wow nice.. price range po? or available sa globe plans?

  2. yuga says:

    @gringo – it’s open line at Php6k.

  3. Sabana says:

    Is this similar to the E585 of UK’s 3 network?

  4. dale
    Twitter: dalekins
    says:

    @sabana From what I know, its almost the same but different color. They released a newer version which is a black one but almost the same features. :)

  5. Jon
    Twitter: rand0m_insanity
    says:

    Good idea but having this device will add more stuff that you put into your pocket or bag. I’d rather tether. :)

  6. RS
    Twitter: tagabalasik
    says:

    Yuga,

    *says excellent in a Mr. Burns voice*

    Also, any news if Huawei will bring their Android phones in the country?

    Thanks,

    RS

  7. RS
    Twitter: tagabalasik
    says:

    Any plans of bringing these to the philippines?

  8. Peej says:

    No more visible dongles around your lappy and you can connect discreetly with your mobile phone… Recommended for outdoor Facebook and Twitter heavy users… Up Up!

  9. yuga says:

    @RS – will post updates tomorrow. ;)

  10. islacom singapore says:

    Battery Life of 5-10Hours seems like a pretty good upgrade.
    I’ve been using the same model on the right of the picture.
    It’s ok but the battery life cannot last as long as the battery of the Apple iPad.

    Hopefully Globe Telecom will already take down their “Fair User Clause” because it really sucks to use their SuperSurf product or even their postpaid tattoo if it is limited by Globe Telecom.

    Unlimited which is not Unlimited Sucks!

    Encountered premature termination of Unlimited Service 6x or more already!!!

  11. islacom singapore says:

    This would be great if Globe Telecom would see pass their FAIR USER CLAUSE

    It limits unlimited service by capping their broadband to 1GB usage per user.

    I hope globe fixes this.

    Also I like the new Huawei MyFi
    Better battery and aesthetics

  12. jun
    Twitter: Yugatech
    says:

    ayus to.. sana di pigilan ng mga network.. sang store kaya ito magiging available

  13. Pusang Kulog says:

    Will wait for the Huawei android phones news…

    By the way, how do you pronounce Huawei? ;-)

  14. android user says:

    @Pusang Kulog :
    Sir it’s pronounced as “Wow-ie” :D

  15. Pusang Kulog says:

    @Android user – di kaya may share of stock si Willie Revillame diyan sa Huawei? ;-)

  16. Doodles says:

    Who needs a more expensive ipad wifi/3G when this will do it for an ipad with wifi only. The new ipod touch can also work like an iphone outside malls and wifi connected homes. With 5 devices connected simultaneously, actual cost of connection is fairly reduced. P5,995 is still expensive though. Expect price to go down to P3k next year.

  17. Pea says:

    so, kung openline sya di pwede magamitan ng any network…di may sim slot ‘to? meron kaya nito sa hong kong? hmmmm…?

  18. DonZiAq says:

    I have asked this in Singapore and they are selling this at SGD 300 (Php 10K) and if your saying that they will only be selling this soon at below 6K, that is a BIG WOW!

    Kindly keep us inform once this is in the market already and where?

    Mabuhay ka!

  19. villerik says:

    We only have Smart Bro in our area and the signal can be spotty at times. Can you recommend a bi-directional broadband signal booster that works well with the E5 and where I can get one locally?

  20. yuga says:

    @Pea – it’s originally from Hong Kong and costs Php7-10k there.

  21. Pea says:

    ay masmahal naman dun, sir abe…bat ganun?

  22. Gumz
    Twitter: jamesmuga
    says:

    When will this be available in cebu?

  23. katy says:

    I’m definitely looking forward to getting this, i had to disconnect myPldt DSL kasi Im always on the move, I, too will be in HK, if i get this next week how do i use it there?need ba ipa-roaming un tattoo na number?

  24. ocommon says:

    much better if dual-sim siya at mas mataas ang microSD supported capacity niya diba?

  25. light says:

    wow, 6k? you could buy an LG Optimus One phone (the sale this 13th) with that and use that as your hotspot. :P

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