The HTC Unveils 5G Wirless Hub At MWC 2019 Bringing 5G To Existing Devices
Sprint U.S. Exclusive, HTC 5G Hub Delivers 5G Speed for Up to 20 Devices
First-of its-kind media center and hotspot uses voice commands to easily manage entertainment, gaming and productivity across multiple platforms
HTC has unveiled its 5G Hub at the MWC this year but don’t think this is just your average connectivity hub – the device also arrives with a built-in 5 inch Android tablet.
While it’s not designed to work as a smart display, you can speak to Google Assistant via the Hub but the screen should mainly be used for gaining quick access to controls. It runs on Android Pie and is powered up by the latest Qualcomm chipset, the Snapdragon 855.
As far as speeds go, you can expect up to 2.3GBps speeds for downloads, thanks to the X50 5G modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transcievers and an RF front-end.
The device in itself only has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM.
The HTC 5G Hub has a 7,660mAh battery which should, according to the company, last about a day if the screen is on and only up to two people are connected or if it’s off and a group of people is. Unfortunately, since 5G networks are not around just yet, HTC can’t really estimate correctly how long the battery will go on for.
The HTC 5G Hub enables 4K video streaming and low-latency gaming but can also be a 5G mobile hotspot for up to 20 users and, in addition to all this, it can also charge your phone.
HTC plans that, in the future, users will stream VR content from the cloud to a VIVE Focus headset via the HTC 5G Hub eliminating the need for PCs or cables.
5G will be the game-changer for VR and AR, and the new HTC 5G Hub will seamlessly deliver the great bandwidth of 5G to our devices, driving our vision of Vive Reality—a boundless, immersive environment where human experiences will come to the forefront.
Cher Wang, HTC CEO
The HTC 5G Hub will be offered by a number of carriers from all over the world, including Spring in the U.S, Telstra in Australia, Three UK, Deutsche Telekom in Germany, Sunrise in Switzerland and Elisa in Finland.
“We are working with the very best in 5G and Mobile Broadband to bring our customers the next generation of devices and enable a future of greater connectivity.” said Kevin Teoh, Telstra’s Consumer Segment Executive “Telstra is proud to partner with HTC on the launch of the world’s first 5G mobile smart hub, which will be Australia’s first 5G mobile device.”
For the moment, we don’t know how much the HTC 5G Hub will cost but it will become available sometime in the second quarter of the year.
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