Huawei E5878 Prime 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot

A router looks like a smartphone, and it’s slim like an iPhone, Huawei has presented a new mobile hotspot Huawei Prime E5878 in its product range. The LTE cat4 seems to be the main stream now. Huawei new mobile hotspots all support LTE category 4 or higher LTE standard. So the Huawei Prime E5878 could support peak download speed to 150Mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps. And it could support up to ten devices wirelessly and can be controlled via an app.


Huawei E5878S-32 WITH PC


LTE features and characteristics of Huawei Prime E5878s-32

Manufacturer and type designation

Prime E5878s-32 Mobile WiFi Huawei

Download rate up

150 MBit/s

Upload rate up

50 MBit/s

Compatible LTE Bands

800 MHz / 1800 MHz / 2600 MHz

backward compatible with


Support of LTE-Advanced


MIMO Support:

MIMO 2×2

Connector for external antenna


LTE Category

LTE modem category 4 (CAT4)


HiSilicon | Cortex A9 dual-core

Wi-Fi standards

WLAN 802.11b/g/n (up to 300 Mbit/s)

Wireless Internet Hotspot function

yes – for up to 10 devices

Number of LAN ports



battery pack

1,900 mAh – not changeable (up to 8 hours surfing)

Dimensions (WxHxD)

58 x 110 x 7.5 mm at 80 g

USB standard


Memory card expansion



Since Q2 2015 trading

available at

Available at


HUAWEI E5878 IN classic black


Technical Features


The Huawei Prime E5878s-32 Mobile WiFi, looks really like a iPhone 4 from the side. With only 7.5 millimeters extremely flat, it can be easily carried in your pocket. The body is integrated in a aluminum enclosure measuring approximately 6 x 11 centimeters. At its 1-inch OLED display, the router displays how many devices are currently connected to him and how much data they consume already – ie sent and received volume. In addition, it shows the received and sent SMS, the battery level, the signal strength and the network used are displayed.   The router has a 128MB of flash memory, as well as an equally large amounts of RAM. A micro SD slot for memory expansion does not exist. And there is a processor HiSilicon Cortex A9 with dual core.


huawei E5878 Front


LTE Cat4 Technology  


Equipped with the matching micro-SIM card including data plan allows the Huawei E5878 LTE Prime compounds Category 4 with maximum download speeds of up to 150 Mbit/s and uploads up to 50 Mbit/s. Here the 4G router is backwards compatible with 3G (HSPA+ up to 43 Mbit/s) as well as 2G and has two internal antennas (one on each side of the head of the device) for optimal connection. However, an external antenna can not be connected.   When you have WiFi with standard 802.11b/g/n, it usually takes on 2.4 GHz with up to 300 Mbit/s downstream to be connected. The wireless radio should be 100 meters, with up to ten devices can be connected to the wireless hotspot. The Prime E5878 can be adjusted through a smartphone or tablet.


Huawei E5878 SIM Design


Huawei Mobile WiFi App

When connected to a computer, it supports the operating systems Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1, and Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9. Firmware updates for the device to be supplied by the manufacturer online. Owners of Android smartphones can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, the Huawei Mobile WiFi app and simply connect your smartphone to the router by reading the bar code on the device. With the app, the router can also be controlled via the smart phone as well as further information is obtained.   Through the Micro-USB port, the battery can be charged. With an adapter cable available as an option, a USB-to-Ethernet connection is possible. Push button start, the hotspot is to be operational within 5 seconds. The battery gets to 1,900 mAh, and according to the manufacturer, it should last up to 8 hours of surfing or 380 hours in standby. The capacity would be not enough for surfing, especially since the battery is not replaceable.


huawei E5878 back




The Huawei prime E5878 is available since Q2 2015 at It’s a pity that the battery of the E5878 can’t changed and there is connector for external antenna. If you would like a mobile hotspot with replaceable battery and antenna connector, you may try other model such as Huawei E5732 or Huawei E5377.    

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