Hotspots were made to be utilitarian, not sexy. They’re meant to provide you access to what you’re really looking for, not to be in the limelight. Fortunately, HTC didn’t think that was right, and they’ve partnered with Sprint to come up with a hotspot that gives you what you want and looks good doing it.
With the impending arrival of 5G networks, it makes sense to revisit hubs—not only what they can do, but what they are. The HTC 5G Hub isn’t a nondescript puck that you turn on, hide somewhere, and forget about. This hub comes with a five-inch screen, a lock button, a microSD card slot, and ports for both Ethernet and USB-C. It has a 802.11ad wi-fi and features a full build of Android 9 Pie. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and X50 modem is capable of taking full advantage of the 5G network.
The screen isn’t just a cool add-on. Sure, you can do normal hotspot stuff—track your data usage and how many devices are accessing your hotspot. It can also play audio with its built-in stereo speakers. Need an app? The hub can install your favorite apps as well. Or you can stream movies from it and listen to music. Or send video wirelessly to a nearby TV using Chromecast. In other words, this isn’t just a hub, it’s also a media center.
There’s plenty to be excited about with the advent of 5G, and the HTC Hub will more than deliver.