Mostly everyone at MWC Shanghai 2018, including Huawei, was excited about the opportunities brought on by 5G and HTC is no exception.
HTC announced a partnership with China Mobile that will see both companies try to increase daily 5G use and push AR and VR hardware technology. As China Mobile wants to increase VR technology adoption, HTC was a natural partner for the program named “5G Devices Forerunner Initiative.” For its part, HTC will work to launch an early, pre-commercial set of 5G devices.
“HTC has had a long history of innovation in the telecom and immersive computing industries. We launched the world’s first 3G and 4G phones, as well as the world’s first room scale VR device and 6dof standalone VR device. There is no other company more qualified to lead the charge to drive further integration of the two spaces and innovation in coming the 5G-enabled future,” said Alvin Wang Graylin, China President of HTC.
That means we could soon be seeing a new Vive Focus standalone headset that also brings 5G connectivity, not just WiFi.
If HTC plans to also provide 5G streaming to the PC-tethered Vive and Vive Pro, a lot of issues involving latency could be a thing of the past.