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MWC19 | HTC wants to replace your router with its new 5G Hub

The new HTC 5G Hub. (Source: HTC)
The new HTC 5G Hub. (Source: HTC)
HTC has taken the wraps off its 5G Hub. The Taiwanese company claims that this new device can deliver the speed and poiwer of the new radio bands to homes or businesses. It is powered by the Snapdragon 855, as well as Qualcomm's 60GHz 802.11ad Wi-Fi and 2x2 Wi-Fi 6-ready chipsets.

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.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-02-25 (Update: 2019-02-25)