Qatar-based ISP Ooredoo today spilled the beans on an unannounced NETGEAR AX router.
This Gulf Times story described Ooredoo's intention to "roll out first-in-class fibre home devices to "Qatar's Future City" Lusail to ensure Qatar’s first smart city is fully-connected". The first device is NETGEAR's Orbi, which forms the heart of the company mesh Wi-Fi system family.
But the second product mentioned was a NETGEAR Nighthawk AX12 draft AX (aka "Wi-Fi 6") router. The announcement was short on details mentioning only "up to 6Gbps Wi-Fi speeds", WPA3 support and "ultra-fast 2.2GHz quad-core processor".
Although NETGEAR has not yet announced any draft 11ax routers, two have appeared in the FCC ID database since August and have been discussed in SNBForums. However, this announcement doesn't appear to match either product.
The Nighthawk X12 (codename "Jaguar") is a four-stream draft 11ax router based on Broadcom's AX platform, which features a quad-core 1.8 GHz processor. ASUS' RT-AX88U is built in the same platform and has recently started to ship. Both are described as "AX6000" class routers.
Details on the Nighthawk "Leopard" are sketchier. But it appears to be based on Qualcomm's AX platform, which is a 4x4 design with one 2.4 and two 5 GHz radios. This router has not yet been "classed".
Since the product image above matches the one NETGEAR has yet to remove from the source of its AX family landing page, it's likely the Ooredoo router is the Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream AX6000 WiFi Router.
NETGEAR must be ok with this public reveal, since its PR agency tipped me to this story and the Gulf Times story contains this:
“Netgear is excited to partner with Ooredoo to offer the best-in-class and most advanced 12-Stream AX Wi-Fi router,” said David Henry, SVP Connected Home Products at Netgear.