HTC jumps into 5G at MWC 2019 -- but with a hotspot, not a phone

CNET | 2/25/2019 | Shara Tibken
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At MWC, it seems like everyone's jumping into 5G phones. Except for HTC, that is.

The Taiwanese electronics company on Monday instead unveiled a 5G hotspot, called the HTC 5G Hub. It will run on Sprint's network in the US and will let 20 people access the ultra-fast connectivity at the same time.

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Along with 5G (and 4G) speeds, the device is also a media hub thanks to its 5-inch display, speakers and full Android Pie software. Users can make video calls over Skype or check their Gmail. And it also can serve as a backup battery to charge up dying smartphones.

HTC's 5G Hub is a hotspot and runs full Android.

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"We've reinvented the hub and given it a greater amount of functionality," Nigel Newby-House, HTC associate vice president of product planning and go-to-market, said in an interview. "This makes it a better companion than the dumb hotspot."

HTC is showing off the hub this week at MWC in Barcelona. Its booth will have a simulated 5G network (it's really connected through a physical high-speed cable), but the Nokia booth will display the device running on a live 5G network.

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5G promises to significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than your typical cellular connection today, and even quicker than anything you can get with a physical fiber-optic cable going into your house. It'll also boost how fast a device will connect to the network with speeds as quick as a millisecond to start your download or upload.

Experts expect 5G to change the way we live and even create new industries, much like how 4G LTE enabled the rise of apps like Uber, Instagram and AirBNB.

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Most carriers are just starting to turn on their 5G networks, and smartphones companies...
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