The HTC 5G Hub allows customers to use 5G on multiple devices while on the go, at work or at home, for fast connectivity. A 5-inch HD touchscreen allows for intuitive use for existing smartphone users, and long-lasting power makes for a travel companion that harnesses 5G speeds dramatically faster than 4G LTE networks.
This product is also at the forefront of cloud-based virtual reality (VR) technology. In the future, users will be able to stream VR content from the cloud to a VIVE Focus headset via the HTC 5G Hub — no PC or unnecessary cables required — to enjoy a mobile, high-end VR experience in real time.
“HTC is proud to bring to market the world’s first 5G mobile smart hub,” said Cher Wang, chairwoman and CEO of HTC. “5G will be the game-changer for VR and AR, and the new HTC 5G Hub will seamlessly deliver the great bandwidth of 5G to our devices, driving our vision of Vive Reality—a boundless, immersive environment where human experiences will come to the forefront.”
As a home media centre, the HTC 5G Hub uses next-gen 5G speeds to stream 4K videos to a second screen and deliver crisp, clear content. It can also replace a Wi-Fi router and remove unnecessary cables with a plug-and-play setup.
Voice command and remote-control features enable management of entertainment and productivity needs. For gaming, ultra-low-latency, 60fps, and 4K resolution, it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform with the Snapdragon X50 5G Modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end (RFFE) and antenna elements. Along with Android 9 Pie, this allows for high download speeds and power for native Android and PC games supported on the large screen.
It is also designed for high-speed mobility use with the next-generation business environment in mind. This product supports the powerful Wi-Fi capabilities offered on the Snapdragon 855 Platform by including the Qualcomm 60GHz Wi-Fi chipset (based on the 802.11ad specification) for multi-gigabit speeds and wire equivalent latencies. Additionally, the Qualcomm 2×2 Wi-Fi 6-ready chipset for next-generation capacity, efficiency, and performance at range.
A 7,660 mAh battery makes the HTC 5G Hub ready to support a wide range of on-the-go duties. Businesses can connect up to 20 devices safely and securely on a high-speed encrypted network or configure for a corporate VPN. As businesses grow, the 5G network is also scalable via a built-in Gigabit Ethernet port.
The HTC 5G Hub will be available through select retailers beginning in Q2 of 2019. Please visit the HTC 5G Hub website for more information.
CloudGate Xs – Powerful, Energy-savvy Mini Computer
The palm-sized CloudGate Xs offers such a solution, weighing just 300g, draws less than 24W of power.
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With the ever present threat of power outages coupled with skyrocketing electricity bills, organisations across sectors are looking for energy efficient and power-saving computing solutions. As with its sister device, the CloudGate X, this mini computer is capable of running the Linux, Windows 10 and Chrome operating systems. However, the CloudGate Xs utilises the newest generation Intel Gemini Lake CPU – and thereby offers a critical performance increase of 25% over the CloudGate X. With its new, sleek design, this powerful device also benefits from improved heat dissipation.
“The CloudGate Xs is an ideal replacement for most desktop computers, at a fraction of the cost,” explains Xavier Nel, Head of Product at CloudGate. “It also comes in at the same price point as the CloudGate X, making it an extraordinarily accessible – yet sophisticated – computing solution. Simply plug in a screen, keyboard and mouse and you have a mini-PC for business or education use.”
This is an eco-friendly solution. By using less than 10 percent of the electricity a typical desktop requires, this user-friendly device lowers the energy footprint for an organisation considerably. With warnings of a fragile Eskom power station always nearby, embracing power-savvy technology – which translates into low running costs – has become increasingly important.
From a connectivity perspective, the computer has 802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and 1Gig Ethernet. Despite its sleek form, the device boasts three USB 3.0 ports and several others that include VGA, HDMI, RJ45, one DC 12V 2A power input and one 3.5mm audio port. Users will benefit from 4GB DDR4 High-Speed RAM, 64 GB EMMC Solid-State Storage, and an SD card reader. Moreover, storage capacity can be upgraded with an extra 128GB or 256GB m.2 SSD.
The CloudGate Xs ships with a power adapter, VESA Screen Mount, HDMI cable and instruction booklet. Ranging in cost from between R3 499 and R5 199 (depending on the chosen configuration), the CloudGate Xs delivers on several use cases across industry sectors.
Acer TravelMate X5
Acer’s latest addition to its TravelMate series brings a full 14” IPS panel to a notebook weighing under 1kg.
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Acer has unveiled its TravelMate X514-51 commercial notebook series for small and medium business users. It’s designed for professionals requiring a durable, yet sleek device that can support heavy workloads and frequent business travel.
The TravelMate X5 sports a premium quality magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis for holding up to the rigours of life on the go. These materials are two to four times stronger than standard aluminium alloys at the same thickness, yet weigh between 20-35 percent less. This blend of materials makes the notebook thin and light while also being resistant to bending and twisting.
Highly portable, the notebook computer weighs just 980 grams and measures 15 mm thin making it easier to hold and fit in a briefcase, bag or backpack. Acer claims the computer has up to 10 hours of battery life to support a full day’s work on a single charge. Primed for excellent performance, the new notebooks are powered by up to 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, up to 16GB DDR4 memory, and up to fast and responsive two 512GB solid-state drives for viewing and editing large spreadsheets, presentations and videos. Outfitted with Windows 10 Pro, the notebook provides powerful security and productivity essentials.
“We’re confident our professional customers will appreciate our thinnest and lightest professional notebooks to date,” says Belinda Marais from Acer Africa. “Sleek, yet robust, they’re built for the rigours of frequent travel with a sturdy chassis and strong security features to keep data safe at home and abroad.”