Huawei UltrasStick 3G add-on module for tablets announced

September 2, 2013

In what could be reminiscent of laptop PCMCIA cards of old, Huawei has officially unveiled its UltraStick 3G option. The thin card will be a way for tablet manufacturers to use a single design for both WiFi-only and 3G-enabled devices.

When a device manufacturer wants to add 3G capabilities to a WiFi only device, the common practice is to use a different chassis that provides a SIM card slot as well changing the System-on-Chip (SoC) to one that has the necessary chip for supporting such networks. Such a process involves additional manufacturing costs that some companies might not be able to afford. Huawei is offering a solution that will involve nothing more than sliding in something like a memory card.

The Huawei UltraStick is an add-on module that can add 3G capabilities to WiFi only tablets just like what 3G adapters or USB dongles do. But at a size of 65 mm x 35 mm x 3.3 mm, the UltraStick will not require a drastic redesign of a device. Manufacturers need only have a slot for the UltraStick on 3G-capable tablets and leave it empty for WiFi-only ones. The UltraStick supports networks such as HSUPA/HSDPA/WCDMA at 2100 (900/850) MHz and EDGE/GPRS/GSM at 1800 +900 MHz.


The first tablet to make use of this new 3G module will be the Chuwi V99x. The tablet features a 9.7-inch display with a 2048x1536 resolution, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The Chuwi V99x will also be running on Rockchip's quad-core RK3188.

VIA: Liliputing

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  • rondriggsR

    Why would Huawei design this without the 1900 Frequency ? Which some of the largest wireless carriers use.

  • digi_owl

    Meh, i would rather see this adapted for expandable firmware storage and/or ram. Would futureproof (and perhaps brickproof) devices. Still, if they could fit this inside a 4-5″ screen device…