13 May 2019
One of the key features of 5G networks is to bring blazing fast internet connectivity to not only to our smartphones but also to connected or IoT devices. HTC which is not making too many smartphones these days have a still jumped the 5G bandwagon at the ongoing MWC by announcing with an all-new HTC 5G Hub.
The 5G Hub built in collaboration with Sprint lets you link up with 5G networks and has a built-in 5-inch display designed for accessing quick controls. Though you can still speak to Google Assistant, the hub isn’t meant to be a smart display.
This 5G hub from HTC comes with a Snapdragon 855 SoC primarily designed to offer 5G Hotspot which can connect up to 20 devices at a time and has 32GB of internal storage coupled with 4GB of RAM. It also has an Ethernet port for wired connectivity. The HTC 5G Hub runs on Android 9 Pie though it is not clear if Play Store is still present on the hub. It is powered by a 7,660 mAh battery pack and comes with a USB-type C port for connectivity.
According to HTC, the hub is “at the forefront of cloud-based virtual reality (VR) technology, because "users will be able to stream VR content from the cloud to a VIVE Focus headset via the HTC 5G Hub." It will be exclusively sold on Sprint in the United States while the company has partnered with Telstra, Three UK, Deutsche Telekom (Germany), Sunrise (Switzerland), and Elisa (Finland) for other countries. The HTC 5G Hub will start retailing in Q2 2019.
HTC hasn't announced the pricing yet as it would be dependant on carrier contracts and 5G plan charges.