HTC Unveils a Versatile 5G Smart Hub at MWC2019
One of the key highlights of this week’s Mobile World Congress 2019 has been HTC’s unveiling of a new 5G smart hub, the tech firm’s first dedicated smart hub capable of sharing a 5G connection with up 20 devices at the same time via a hotspot.
The “5G Hub“, as the hotspot has been dubbed, has been integrated with a media streaming device along with a digital instant and will hit the market by the second quarter of this year. The hub promises to stream virtual reality content directly to Vive Focus without the requirement for a PC connection. Avid customers won’t have to wait long for the launch of the consumer version of the device for them to begin enjoying the powerful new connectivity and robust cloud infrastructure that it promises. The 5G connectivity will usher in a new era of super fast speeds, power and versatile mobile connectivity. Most of us currently use 4G mobile connections. It’s expected that the ushering in of the powerful 5G mobile connectivity will have a trickle-down effect on the streaming of AR and VR content, thereby propelling this industry forward to a new era of powerful immersive experiences.
The HTC 5G Smart Hub is simply a 5-inch HD touchscreen that resembles a smaller-sized tablet. It is small enough to comfortably fit on a work desk or shelf at your home and has the capacity to supply internet connection for 20 Vive Focus devices. The hub is not just ideal for fast internet speeds but it’s also critical for a seamless cloud-based virtual reality experience. It’s a much superior upgrade over the current 4G connections.
HTC is already partnering with a host of carriers from around the globe including Finland’s Elisa, Sunrise from Switzerland, Deutsche Telekom, Telstra, UK’s EE and Sprint. In the coming months, it’s expected that more global carriers are likely going to get on board HTC’s 5G Hub.
Users of HTC’s 5G Mobile Smart Hub will gain access to unparalleled power and speed in connectivity. For streaming purposes, users will say goodbye to some of the performance bottlenecks of the 4G networks such as constant issues with the internet and fuzzy graphics. With the robust speed of the 5G networks, users can look forward to fast and seamless streaming of high quality 4K videos as well as low lag gaming applications at 60fps. The new technology will be ideal for high power users such as gaming vloggers and streamers who are looking for very high speeds for seamless streaming.
But 5G technology will go even farther in unlocking new tech frontiers. It’s particularly going to have a significant impact in the quality of the AR and VR experiences, enabling users to seamlessly stream high quality heavy content. HTC’s new 5G delivers superb bandwidth to a variety of devices and will bring to reality the dream of Vive Reality where users can have a robust immersive environment for a variety of virtual experiences which can be streamed to multiple devices.
The rollout of 5G will have a noticeable impact on the VR front, allowing users to use their Vive Focus headsets without tethering with cables since these headsets are already wireless. It makes for great convenience, enabling a wireless experience while still maintaining very good quality mobile experience.
HTC says its hub will facilitate an ease of use by effectively replacing the Wi-Fi router along with cables thanks to a convenient plug-to-play setup.
The HTC 5G Smart Hub is more than just a hotspot device. It will also serve as a home media centre. The device will feature a 5-inch HD touch display along with remote control and voice command features. The hub is powered by the most up to date Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC Mobile Platform. It also has a Snapdragon 5G Modem and antenna modules that have been integrated with RF transceivers. The battery rating is a 7660mAh. In terms of software, it runs an Android 9.0 Pie so you can use with streaming services like Netflix.
If you are running a business, the hub will come with a Snapdragon 855 Platform as well as a Qualcomm 60 Hz Wi-Fi chipset that’s based on an 802.11ad specification. This is capable of supporting multi-gigabit speeds and a wire-equivalent latency. The business package will also include a Qualcomm 2×2 Wi-Fi 6-ready chipset that can support next generation capacity, at-range performance and efficiency. It will be ideal for workspaces and small businesses with at most 20 people at a particular time. Bigger capacity workspaces can use the Gigabit Ethernet port in the HTC 5G Smart Hub.