HTC created one of many first 5G hotspots with the unique HTC 5G Hub, a conveyable router that appeared and labored extra like a thick smartphone — all the way down to its touchscreen, full Android 9 working system, and 4G/5G-backed Wi-Fi providers, all operating on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset. Today, HTC is asserting the Exodus 5G Hub, a crypto-focused mannequin that may leverage Zion software program to ship a safe and personal setting for blockchain and encryption followers.

If you’ve been following the 5G scene, chances are you’ll notice that the Exodus 5G Hub is basically the identical piece of {hardware} HTC beforehand launched: It’s packing a late 2018/early 2019 Snapdragon 855 chip and an older X50 5G modem, which signifies that whereas it’s competent, you received’t get the quickest potential 5G connections accessible. Currently, the Exodus 5G Hub is deliberate in 2.5GHz (U.S. Sprint) and three.5GHz (Australia) variations, however HTC says it might turn out to be accessible for different 5G frequencies if carriers with excessive or low band 5G towers categorical curiosity.

Because of the older modem, the Exodus 5G Hub tops out at help for as much as 2.63Gbps downloads and 287Mbps uploads, shared throughout as much as 20 totally different units related over Wi-Fi 5 or 60GHz 802.11advert — not the newer Wi-Fi 6. But what made the 5G Hub fascinating, and Exodus 5G Hub arguably extra compelling, is its capacity to make use of a bunch of its personal mobile bandwidth to run Android apps on the 5-inch, 1280×720 display screen.

HTC reveals Exodus 5G Hub, a secure router that can run a Bitcoin node

Users can have full entry to HTC’s Zion Vault, which holds BTC, ETH, BNB, LTC, XLM, and different ERC-20/ERC-721 tokens, helps user-owned Zion keys, and may run a full Bitcoin node instantly from the Exodus 5G Hub. HTC says it is going to use the VPN/ad-blocking app Incognito to guard each the Hub and all related units, in addition to supporting end-to-end encrypted e mail by ProtonMail, and open supply internet searching by the Brave browser.

HTC reveals Exodus 5G Hub, a secure router that can run a Bitcoin node

The Exodus 5G Hub is deliberate for launch within the second quarter of 2020, at which level pricing and companions for each crypto and mobile providers shall be introduced. Sprint at present sells the usual 5G Hub for $600 outright or $300 when bought with a month-to-month service plan, delivering obtain speeds that peak at 700Mbps in some markets however extra usually vary from 125-200Mbps.