We're big fans of portable 3G hotspots here at SlashGear, and Huawei's new E585 follows in the footprints of the Sprint Overdrive by adding a compact display to the pocket-sized WiFi router. Headed to UK network Three in early July 2010, the E585 can share a 3G connection with up to five WiFi clients - such as your iPad, for instance - with the monochrome OLED display showing network and battery status together with how much mobile data has been used.
Huawei have also listened to user complaints about their first-gen version, and reworked the browser-based dashboard status page so that it can be accessed on Windows, Mac and Linux machines. Previously only Windows-based computers could log in, which some found made setting up wireless security tricky.
There's also a one-button startup, the ability to simultaneously charge the E585 while using it to share a connection, and a microSD card slot which we're hoping can be accessed by all WiFi clients this time around. No word on battery life - we're guessing 3-4 hours - but the Huawei E585 will be available on Three next month, priced at £49.99 ($73) on pre-pay.
New ‘one-touch’ MiFi from Three
Three is pleased to announce the new ‘one-touch’ MiFi (Huawei E585) which has been developed in line with customer feedback following the launch of Mobile Wi Fi in 2009. The MiFi creates a personal Wi-Fi hot spot for up to five devices, such as iPads, laptops or handheld games consoles, giving you the flexibility of getting more than one device online when on the go.
The new model boasts a one button connection , an improved display and an online dashboard that works with any browser – features not available in the original model. The new look screen displays information like the amount of data used, speed of the current connection and length of browsing time.
"Connect devices need a strong 3G connection like ours, especially when you're on the move. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our mobile internet offering. Following the launch of our first MiFi device, our customers asked for changes to made. We worked with Huawei to incorporate features like 'one button to connect', an improved screen and a great browser dashboard that works across Windows, Mac and Linux devices. We now have a device that customers will enjoy even more. " said Mark Brewer, Head of Broadband Devices
One button start-up
Advanced OLED screen
Browser based dashboard
Charge whilst in use
Available early July 2010 and priced at £ 49.99 on PAYG.