ZTE has a new portable Wi-Fi router that packs some pretty interesting features. The router which has a 5G SIM slot also has a touch display that allows the user to operate the device instead of via a WebUI interface on your phone or computer or the companion app.
Called the ZTE Portable Router MU5001, the router has a dual-color design. The top and back are black while the frame is metallic blue.
It is also pretty thick, which is not surprising considering it has a gigabit Ethernet port on one side and also packs a 4500mAh battery. Despite its size, it will still easily fit into your pocket.
The SIM tray is at the top, and just like most smartphones today, you will need a SIM ejector tool to be able to access it. The top is also where the power button and two slots for external antennas are placed.
The ZTE Portable Router MU5001 is an AX1800 router with support for both NSA and SA 5G networks as well as 4G networks. It has a Snapdragon X55 modem under its hood with a peak download speed of up to 3.8Gbps.
ZTE says a maximum of 32 users can be connected to the router via the three interfaces i.e. Wi-Fi, ethernet, and the USB-C port combined.
Thanks to the 2.4-inch touchscreen, you don’t need to log in to the WebUI or launch the ZTElink app to check details such as network strength, connected devices, battery level, and data consumed.
The 4500mAh battery will last up to 8 hours on a single charge. The portable router also has support for Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging – a full charge will take 150 minutes.
Users can also use the ZTE Portable Router MU5001 to charge their phones as it has support for 10W reverse charging. Interested buyers can pick up the ZTE Portable Router MU5001 on JD.com where it sells for about $384 USD (¥2499).