Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot Pro Details (Full Review Coming)

In September 2020, AT&T launched the Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot Pro. It’s the best device among AT&T’s current hotspot offerings, and it’s the only hotspot AT&T offers with 5G capabilities.1 Unsurprisingly, the device comes at a steep price. The Nighthawk 5G Pro costs $510 from AT&T. Customers that don’t want to buy the device outright can buy it from AT&T for $17 per month on a 30-month installment plan.

I haven’t got my hands on the Nighthawk 5G yet, but I hope to soon. Once I’ve had some time to test the device, I’ll update this page with a full review.

Connectivity

The Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot Pro supports 3G, 4G, and 5G connections.

3G (UMTS):

  • 850 Mhz
  • 900 Mhz
  • 1800 Mhz
  • 2100 Mhz

4G:

  • B1
  • B2
  • B3
  • B4
  • B5
  • B7
  • B12
  • B14
  • B17
  • B29
  • B30
  • B46
  • B66

5G:

  • 700 Mhz
  • 900 Mhz
  • 1800 Mhz
  • 2100 Mhz
  • 2600 Mhz

I’ve seen a lot of reporting suggest the Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot Pro supports millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G. I’m not sure this is accurate. I haven’t seen anything on AT&T’s website that supports that claim. The bands used for mmWave 5G in the U.S., N260 and N261, do not appear in the specifications shared in the device manual on AT&T’s website:

AT&T’s model of the Nighthawk 5G Pro is the MR5100. Netgear offers a similar, international model of the device, the MR5200, on its website. Millimeter wave capabilities are not listed for that device either.2

MR5200 specs

I suppose it will be easy to get to the bottom of this once I have a Nighthawk 5G Pro to test.

Other specs

  • 5,040 mAh battery
  • Snapdragon X55 processor
  • Capable of connecting 32 devices to Wi-Fi simultaneously

Footnotes

  1. The earlier Nighthawk 5G MR5000 hotspot also worked with AT&T. As of 9/23/2020, the MR5000 is not available in AT&T’s online store.
  2. I’m not sure what to make of this. Millimeter wave 5G is mostly a U.S. technology at this point.