Sprint announced on Wednesday that it is working with HTC to create a "powerful 5G mobile smart center" that will be launched sometime in the first half of 2019. But from the beginning, the operator's press release tells us that there is not much What can i do. Share about that device: the device name, function specifications and time will be shared at a later date, which makes this mobile device with 5G access point sound like vaporware.
That does not mean that Sprint and HTC are not going to launch this "advanced device offering multimedia and data capabilities connected in a compact and portable design" next year. But, for the moment, specific details about the gadget are not available. We also have no idea how much it costs. The images of this HTC product were also not shared.
It's also unclear whether HTC's unnamed device will continue to work after T-Mobile and Sprint complete their merger. What Sprint said is that HTC uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G modem to make the mobile hotspot. That is no surprise, considering that the X50 is expected to power other 5G devices next year.
What is important to keep in mind is that the 5G mobile smart center allow users to access the Sprint 5G network on their existing smart phones, laptops and tablets. That means you should be able to try 5G without waiting for your favorite smart phone provider to launch a 5G phone. However, Sprint 5G will initially launch in only nine markets, so it will only have support for Sprint 5G in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix and Washington, DC at the beginning.
The HTC gadget will be Sprint's second 5G device next year. A few months ago, the operator announced an association with LG for a 5G smart phone, although we also don't have specific details about that product.
Samsung is expected to present a 5G version of the Galaxy S10 next year, with a recent report saying Verizon can obtain an exclusive agreement. OnePlus is another phone manufacturer that confirmed to launch a 5G phone next year. In China, Xiaomi has already announced that one of its latest flagships will come in a 5G version, but that model is not yet available to buyers.