RATHER THAN UNVEILING a 5G smartphone at MWC, HTC has taken a slightly more sensible route for bringing lightning fast connectivity to the world. We say 'slightly', because although you won't be spending a crazy amount of money on a 5G-enabled smartphone, you still will likely be spending a crazy amount of money on a 5G-enabled hub.
Either seems a bit loopy to us in a world where 5G coverage will be limited for the foreseeable future, but hey: it's your money. And if you insist on early adopting, the HTC 5G hub looks a better bet, as it'll let up to 20 devices easily benefit from the speed boost, rather than just one.
It doesn't look much like your usual hotspot: it has a large 5in, 720x1,280 screen for a start, making it look like a Google Home Hub in disguise. It runs Android 9 Pie, so you'll be able to use it to stream TV if you wish. Is that any use if 5G is so limited? Thankfully yes: the HTC 5G Hub also supports WiFi - even the as-yet-unreleased WiFi 6 standard.
The built-in 7,660mAh battery can also be used to charge other devices via USB-C, although that raises another question mark on the device: just how long will that last on a battery-intensive 5G connection? HTC hasn't given any indication yet, which makes us fear the worst.
The other worrying point is the likely price. Remember how expensive 4G contracts were when they first came out? Imagine similar for 5G, but with the additional cost of the hardware itself which looks high end. As well as that big screen and battery, the HTC 5G Hub is powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855, backed by 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
We don't have any pricing details at the moment, but with those kind of specifications, we may no longer think that the Vive Pro is HTC's most hard-to-justify product. µ
Oh and it'll also help give aural pleasure
But it might still not be enough to make virtual reality super appealing
And a ridiculous competition
Now you can talk to your silly-looking earbuds too