When I met with Ramit Harisinghani, VP and Head of Middle East & Africa at HTC Vive at Mobile World Congress, he mentioned how key 5G innovation was to the business.
At MWC, HTC showcased the latest in their Vive line, including the end-consumer Cosmos line and its new controllers, which we wrote about earlier. But the highlight, of course, the HTC 5G Hub, a first-of-its-kind dedicated 5G mobile smart hub. Incredibly alluring, this one, as it can enable smooth 4K video streaming, low-latency gaming and 5G mobile hotspot features for up to 20 users.
Cloud-based VR technology is where the HTC 5G Hub takes true form. For in the future, users will be able to stream VR content from the cloud to a VIVE Focus headset via the HTC 5G Hub—no PC or unnecessary cables required—to enjoy a mobile, high-end VR experience in real time. After all, edge computing is key to cloud-based gaming of the near future, a scenario where apps are rendered as close to the person as physically possible to minimize latency across the board. The promise? That users will be able to stream SteamVR apps to VR devices that simply don’t have the compute power at their disposal. And what better way to experience cloud-based rendering than a trial of shooter Superhot VR.
This functionality apart, the HTC 5G Hub allows customers to use 5G on multiple devices while on the go, at work, or at home for fast connectivity, content sharing, entertainment and more. A 5-inch HD touchscreen allows for ease of use and high-quality visuals, and long-lasting power makes for a travel companion that harnesses 5G speeds dramatically faster than 4G LTE networks. As a home media center, the HTC 5G Hub uses next-gen 5G speeds to stream 4K videos to a second screen and deliver crisp, clear content. It can also replace a Wi-Fi router and remove unnecessary cables with an easy to use plug-and-play setup. Intuitive voice command and remote-control features make it quick and easy to manage entertainment and productivity needs. For gaming, ultra-low-latency, 60fps, and 4K resolution (on compatible screens), the HTC 5G Hub is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform with the Snapdragon X50 5G Modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end (RFFE) and antenna elements.
Carriers across the globe will offer the HTC 5G Hub—including Sprint, Telstra, and recently added European carriers: EE (UK), Three UK, Deutsche Telekom (Germany), Sunrise (Switzerland), and Elisa (Finland). The HTC 5G Hub will be available through select retailers beginning in Q2 of 2019.