In Barcelona today, HTC announced the 5G Hub, which does exactly what it sounds like. It uses 5G to bring internet to your devices. With a Snapdragon 855 chipset and a Snapdragon X50 5G modem, it's capable of delivering speeds of up to 5Gbps, which means it can deliver "smooth 4K video streaming, low-latency gaming", and more.
“HTC is proud to bring to market the world’s first 5G mobile smart hub,” said Cher Wang, Chairwoman and CEO of HTC. “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.”
It's designed for use in homes and offices, although HTC says that it's also great for on-the-go. It includes a 7,660mAh battery, so it should last for a while; however, 5G hasn't been tested by consumers yet, so it's unclear just how much battery it will require.
It uses Qualcomm's 60GHz Wi-Fi chipset to deliver multi-gigabit speeds to your devices, and it can actually support up to 20 devices at a time. It's coming to Sprint, Telstra, EE, Three UK, Deutsche Telekom, Sunrise, and Elisa.
“Sprint is thrilled be the exclusive U.S. wireless carrier for HTC 5G Hub in the United States,” said Dr. John Saw, Sprint chief technology officer. “This device will revolutionize the connected home, enhance mobile gaming and power small businesses in a new and exciting way. Together with HTC, we’re excited to dramatically improve the way our customers work, play and stay connected with the power and speed of 5G.”
The HTC 5G Hub will be available in the second quarter of this year.
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