Sprint is partnering with HTC to make a mobile “smart hub” that will run on 5G next year. It’s the second product Sprint has announced for its own nascent next-gen network, but we’re getting very little in the way of concrete details right now.
The device is developed by Sprint, HTC, and Qualcomm in a joint effort. It will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon x50 5G modem with gigabit LTE and 5G capabilities. The device will come to US customers sometime in the first half of 2019. A smart hub seems to imply the device could be used as a mobile hot spot.
In August, Sprint announced that it was working with LG to release a 5G smartphone for its in-progress network, also within the first half of 2019. Sprint plans to first launch its 5G service during this timeframe in nine cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, and New York City. Motorola also promised a 5G Moto Mod for the Moto Z3 that would run on Verizon’s 5G network next year.