Sprint is partnering with HTC, and both of the companies have announced they started working together with Qualcomm in order to launch a mobile smart hub in the next half of the year. The Smart Hub will run on 5G and use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 modem to provide gigabit-class data speed including ‘legacy’ LTE to multiple gadgets.
In Simple words, Sprint is adapting classic network rollout strategy that it is using a portable router as an interim solution until there are more new phones, tablets, and PCs with the built-in technology. No further details had revealed what the Smart Hub would look like or what functions it performs. But Sprint said that it will “deliver multimedia and connected data capabilities in a compact and portable design.”
HTC will give a second 5G product which means a lot for Sprint’s future 5G network, the first product is an LG Smartphone which was announced for H1 of 2019 as well, back in August. And it will going to be the first device equipped with the 5G network. Sprint will also launch its network in first half of the 2019 year and plans to launch it in nine cities includes Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington D.C.
More markets are expected to add in this list, it is interesting to see that Sprint and T-Mobile’s 5G networks will once unite T-Mobile and Sprint into a single carrier. In April, CEO of T-Mobile John Legere said that he expected the collaboration to complete in Q2 of 2019. It might be possible that Sprint and T-Mobile are already working on a 5G network that could be combined once the two companies collaborated but it is not going to happen soon.