HTC has unveiled its new 5G Hub that will be offered to Australian customers through Telstra. It is a dedicated 5G mobile broadband hotspot that can be used at home, at work and on the move.
Launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the HTC 5G Hub will allow connected devices like laptops and tablets to take advantage of the faster 5G network speeds.
The 5G Hub can be used as a high-speed hotspot for up to 20 devices at once and is fast enough to stream smooth 4K video and provide low latency online gaming.
It’s even fast enough to stream VR content from the cloud to a HTC Vive Focus headset without the need for a PC or cables.
The device has a 5-inch HD touchscreen to monitor the connected devices as well as display the network name and password.
With speeds well in excess of 4G LTE, the HTC 5G Hub will be an ideal travel companion to stay connected at high speed on the go.
“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.”
The HTC 5G Hub can also be used a home media centre to download movies in seconds or stream 4K content without any buffering.
It can also replace a regular home wi-fi router without the need for any cable connections whatsoever.
Under the hood, the HTC 5G Hub has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform with the Snapdragon X50 5G Modem.
It also has a massive 7,660mAh battery for all day use and to support up to 20 connected devices.
Carriers from around the world will offer the HTC 5G Hub to its customers including Sprint (US), Telstra (Australia), and recently added European carriers:EE (UK), Three UK, Deutsche Telekom (Germany), Sunrise (Switzerland), and Elisa (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,” Kevin Teoh, Telstra’s Consumer Segment Executive, said.
“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.
The HTC 5G Hub will be available from Q2 2019. Telstra has yet to announce pricing and data plans.
* Stephen Fenech travelled to Barcelona as a guest of Huawei.