Back in January, during the CES, Huawei publically showed its E5 wireless modem the first time and right after the recent Mobile World Congress, I had the first time the chance to videoview the Huawei E5830 Wireless Modem. Now, Huawei has updated the E5 and brought it, together with O2 to Germany. Like the E5830, the Huawei E5 works as a portable WiFi b/g hotspot, supporting quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA 7.2 Mbps/HSUPA 5.76 Mbps at 900/2100 MHz. However, the additional supports for 3G at 900 MHz isn't the only difference - the new Huawei E5 also features an OLED display which replaces the original LED indicators which makes the use way more convenient.
The Huawei E5 comes with a 1500 mAh Li-Polymer battery which is said to operate something around 4 hours. However, like the E5830, the E5 can also be used as a traditional USB modem by directly connecting it to a PC or Mac (where the required connection software is installed from the E5). Nevertheless, if the E5 is used as an USB modem, it can't share connections via WiFi anymore; normally the E5 allows up to 5 concurrent WiFi connections. Last but not least, and this might be another interesting aspect, the E5 comes with a microSD card slot which allows to use the modem as a storage device with a storage capacity of up to 32 GB.
Huawei first released the OLED E5 in Europe with O2 Germany but other carriers might follow-up later this summer as well. Without a contract, it's now available from O2 Germany for 129 Euro.
Cheers ~ Arne