In 2019, Verizon and Inseego are slated to launch the MiFi 5G NR, Verizon's future flagship¬†mobile hotspot - with 5G capabilities.
Though deeper details are scarce, the MiFi 5G NR will feature 5G and 4G/LTE¬†network compatibility, next-generation¬†Wi-Fi 6¬†(802.11ax) hotspot capability, and both a gigabit¬†ethernet¬†port and USB-C for sharing via a wired connection.
It is also reportedly a "chunky monkey," physically twice as large as most current 4G/LTE hotspots. The device also lacks¬†antenna¬†ports since millimeter wave 5G antennas need to be internal to be physically extremely close to the Qualcomm X50¬†modem¬†chipset.
Inseego, the hotspot's manufacturer,¬†claimed they were seeing some pretty amazing results¬†in their testing:
"The test results for Inseego‚Äôs 5G NR millimeter wave mobile device uniquely show outstanding performance in testing environments that consistently achieve over 2¬†Gbps of speed and sub-10 milliseconds of¬†latency¬†in multiple component¬†carrier aggregation(CA) scenarios."
Device pricing and plan details are not currently available. Device and plan availability is slated for "2019".
- Model: Not yet known
- # of Connected Devices: Not yet known
- Control Panel and Default Password:¬†Not yet known
- Supported Networks and Bands:¬†5G - other support not yet known
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation:¬†Not yet known
- MIMO Support:¬†4X4 Internal
- LTE¬†Performance Category: Not yet known
- Cellular Antenna Ports: Not yet known
- Other Ports: Ethernet
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies:¬†Not yet known
- Claimed Battery Life: Not yet known
- Can Be Powered Without a¬† Battery: Unknown
- Dimensions: Not yet known
- SIM Card Type: Not yet known
- Retail Price: Not yet known
Review & Testing Status
This product is not yet released.¬† We will eventually obtain a unit to test, depending on availability and plan details.
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Not currently available, but expected sometime in 2019 from Verizon.
MiFi 5G NR
Verizon's first mobile hotspot for 5G is too new to evaluate.