HTC Unveils Its First 5G-Ready Smart Device in Barcelona

At this week’s MWC Barcelona (formerly Mobile World Congress), HTC is showcasing its new 5G Hub — a smart device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor that acts as a smart display, Android entertainment device and 5G hotspot for up to 20 users. It connects to 5G networks and enables low-latency gaming, 4K video streaming, and more. Pricing has yet to be revealed, but the company says it will be available Q2 2019. Currently compatible with the Sprint network, the device will likely run on other networks in the future.

The HTC 5G Hub includes 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a MicroSD card slot. It is expected to integrate heavily with Google Assistant.

“The display on the device sits in at five inches, with a resolution of 720 x 1,280 — meaning that even if you can get 4K streaming, there’s not much point in doing so straight to the device itself,” suggests Digital Trends. “The device also offers Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and a battery capacity of 7.660mAh — though it remains to be seen exactly how long that will last.”

According to The Verge, since “it’s running Android 9.0 Pie you’ll be able to stream TV shows and movies from apps like Netflix, or simply use the USB-C connector on the device to hook it up to a HDMI port on a TV.”

While DT is unsure of the 5G Hub’s overall purpose, it expects “HTC to adopt 5G in its smartphones in the near future, especially considering the fact that the company has now released at least one 5G-capable device.”

The Verge adds “a hub like this probably makes more sense if you really need 5G this year instead of waiting on phones to fully support this new standard.”