We haven't heard a whole lot from HTC lately outside of VR, so it's good to see the brand is still bringing us new innovations in the mobile sphere. The company has just announced its 5G Mobile Smart Hub, and the EE network has confirmed it'll be bringing it to the UK.
With a 5-inch HD touchscreen, the 5G Mobile Smart Hub will act as a central point for multiple devices using the same high-speed connection (although apparently the speeds shown on the screen in the main image are theoretical, so no promises there).
The 5G hub looks like the smart home displays from brands like Google and Lenovo, but is actually intended for taking out with you. It's a 5G version of a MiFi, basically – a hotspot that connects all your stuff while you're on the go and not necessarily in range of WiFi.
EE will be rolling out its 5G service to 16 cities in the UK this year, starting with the same "four corners" as O2: Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London, plus Birmingham and Manchester. It won't cover the whole city at first, though: it'll be "the busiest parts of cities, including London’s Hyde Park, Manchester Airport, Edinburgh Waverley train station, Belfast City Airport, The Welsh Assembly and Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre."
The busiest bits of Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol will also get EE 5G this year, so plenty of people will actually get some use out of the smart hub if they choose to buy one.
Graham Wheeler, VP of Product and Business Operations for HTC Europe, comments:
"From 4K video streaming, to low-latency gaming or staying connected on the go, the HTC 5G Hub is designed to take advantage of the game-changing speeds and connectivity of 5G.
We’re thrilled to be working with EE to deliver the benefits of 5G to the UK with our first of its kind hardware."
There's no word yet on pricing or a release date for the 5G Mobile Smart Hub, but you can register your interest here if you want to be alerted when there's more info.