MWC19 | HTC wants to replace your router with its new 5G Hub
HTC has launched its 5G Hub at MWC this year. The device is somewhat like the 3G/4G hotspot devices sold in many a carrier's store, with the obvious exception of the next-generation nature of its connectivity. This 5G Hub is also a rather high-end model: it is powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC and the X50 5G Modem.
The HTC Hub also has a full-color touchscreen so as to control its functions. Users will interact with this device via an Android 9-(Pie) based UI. The Hub also integrates Qualcomm chipsets that support both the 60GHz 802.11ad and 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 standards. It also features an integrated readiofrequency (RF) transceiver, a RF front-end and antenna elements, which should complete its 5G support.
The HTC Hub has a 7660 mAh battery, and can support up to 20 devices. These clients should be able to access a high-speed encrypted network, which can also apparently support corporate VPN configurations if necessary. The OEM also assert that a business customer will be able to scale its new 5G connectivity via a built-in Gigabit ethernet port. A number of carriers have already partnered with HTC to offer the new 5G Hub to their customers. They include Sprint; Telstra; Three UK; Deutsche Telekom and Elisa.