Instead of releasing 5G-capable phone at first, HTC shows its first-of-its-kind 5G mobile broadband device HTC 5G Hub for users to hop on 5G speeds. It is not a portable hotspot for 5G next-gen network, but also a powerful Android smart display which runs on Android 9.0 Pie. It is primarily suitable for home use, but can also be used on the go. Though it is not very competitive, it is still relatively new with a few highlights, like the good battery life, 5-inch HD touchscreen, long Wi-Fi range, etc. Take a look at the HTC 5G Hub specs, features, price, image, review and more to learn this 5G device better, and check whether it can work for you or not.
HTC 5G Hub Main Features
- 5G/4GX mobile multimedia smart hub for 5G/4G network
- Wi-Fi 6 technology and supports up to 20 Wi-Fi enabled devices
- 1GB Ethernet connection
- All-day battery life
- Allows smooth 4K video streaming and low latency for gaming
- Integrated display and speakers
HTC 5G Hub Specifications
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Octa-Core, with Snapdragon™ X50 5G Modem
Qualcomm®60GHz Wi-Fi chipset and Qualcomm® 2×2 Wi-Fi 6-ready chipset
Communication Standard: 3GPP Release 15
Supported Network: 5G, 4G
Network Mode: NSA
Network Frequency Band:
HTC 5G Hub in Europe
5G NR: band n78
4G LTE™: FDD: bands B1, B3, B7, B8, B32, B38, B40
HTC 5G Hub in USA
5G NR: band n78
4G LTE™: FDD bands 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 25, 26, 66, 71; TDD band 41
HTC 5G Hub in Australia
5G NR: band n41
4G LTE™: FDD bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 28, 66; TDD bands 38, 41
Maximum 5G data rate 2.63 Gbps Down & 287 Mbps Up
Wi-Fi & LAN
WLAN Standard: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ad
Maximum Wireless Transmission Rate:
HTC did not provide any information
WLAN Bands: 2,4, 5 and 60 GHz
Wi-Fi users: 20 Wi-Fi devices at the same time
WLAN guest access can be installed: k. A.
WLAN encryption standards: WPA, WPA2, WPS
Gigabit LAN: yes, 1 port Gigabit Ethernet
PLATFORM: Android™ 9.0
- RAM: 4 GB DDR4x
- ROM: 32 GB UFS, expandable up to 2TB
Support audio formats: .3gp, .mp4, .m4a, .aac, .ts, .flac, .mp3, .mid, .ogg, .mkv, .wav, .amr
Support video formats: .3gp, .mp4, .ts, .webm, .mkv
SENSORS: Motion G-Sensor
More Functions: 5G / 4G network access, Ethernet access, SMS service, firewall, MAC address filtering, Wi-Fi encryption authentication, VPN, IPv6 and IPv6 / IPv4 dual stack, battery management, etc.
DISPLAY: 5.0 inch, capacitive TFT touch screen, HD (720 x 1280 pixels)
Network Ports: 1 Gigabit Ethernet port, 1 USB-C port, 1 nano SIM and storage card tray, 1 DC charging port
Button: Recovery, Power button
Others: Microphones, Speakers
Battery Capacity: 7,660 mAh
Antenna slot: No slots for external antenna
Dimensions: 129 x 100 x 43 mm
Weight: About 340 g
HTC 5G Hub Available Telecoms & Price
The most asked question is how much the HTC 5G Hub, however, the price is varies from cellular carriers. Now the hub is launched at USA, Australia and some European countries with tariff.
Europe: EE in UK, Deutsche Telekom in Germany, Elisa in Finland, Sunrise in Switzerland. EE has launched the UK’s first 5G mobile broadband plan with this Hub under the name of 5GEE WiFi. It’s not cheap to use it – you need to pay £100 upfront and then £50 a month for 50GB data. In Germany, the hub is the first 5G devices for users with costs 555.55 euros with the Magenta Mobil Speedbox XL rate plan with unlimited data volume at the price of 74.95 euros per month. For Elisa (https://yrityksille.elisa.fi/htc-5g-hub-reititin) in Finland, they provide the hub router with one-time payment 660 euros. The Sunrise provides the HTC 5G Hub with the mobile internet unlimited 5G at CHF 35/month.
USA: Sprint launched the HTC 5G Hub in the first half of 2019 at the cost of $600. The hub costs $12.50 a month for 24 months. You can also get 100GB data cap with your hub for just $60 per month.
Australia: Telstra. The Hub is AUD$ $984 without plan cost. The Large plan includes 100GB data which cost AUD $75/month.
HTC 5G Hub Video
HTC 5G Hub Antenna
Unfortunately, the HTC 5G Hub lacks support for external antennas. This will lose part of users who are living in an area with poor mobile coverage, as they will choose an alternative 5G NR router that supports external antenna. Most of the current 5G routers can do, such as Huawei 5G CPE Pro, Netgear MR5000, etc.
HTC 5G Hub Review
As one of the first 5G NR mobile hotspot, many sites have reviewed this device, for example, PCMag, gsmarena, etc. Reach their detailed reviews below.
HTC 5G Hub (Sprint) Review & Rating from PCMag
HTC 5G Hub Review (5GEE WiFi)
HTC 5G Hub review: Fast and feature packed – finder