After struggling in the smartphone market Taiwanese company HTC has launched a brand new 5G Hub which is set to be sold by Telstra.
Unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the allows consumers to use fifth-generation connectivity on multiple devices.
It also comes with a 5-inch HD touchscreen which allows 4K video streaming and gaming, it also doubles as a mobile hotspot for up to 20 people.
ChannelNews understands that several Companies including Netgear and D Link are set to launch similar devices.
HTC is hoping that their device will replace the traditional Wi-Fi routers, which can cause slower speeds.
At first glance the device looks like the Google Home Hub or Lenovo Smart Display competitor. The 5-inch 1280 x 720 touchscreen runs Android 9.0 with HTC Sense for HTC 5G Hub, a version of the company’s UX designed specifically for the gadget.
Inside there’s Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem. That means – if you have coverage with a compatible 5G network, at least – the HTC 5G Hub can get online at faster speeds than with 4G LTE.
There is also intuitive voice command and remote-control features that make it quick and easy to use.
You can also plug the HTC 5G Hub into a power outlet and there’s a 7,660 mAh battery inside, which can keep the router running when not plugged in.
There’s DC Charging and Quick Charge 3.0 support.
The whole thing weighs 340 grams, and measures in at 129 x 100 x 43 mm.
There’s also a microSD card slot which can take up to 512GB cards. Dual speakers and an always-on microphone support features like “Ok Google” voice triggers.