Sprint has officially announced the availability of their first fleet of 5G devices. The LG V50 ThinQ 5G and HTC 5G Hub will be available starting May 31 with pre-orders beginning on May 17. To start off, both products will only be available in the “expected 5G markets” of Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Kansas City. After that, they will be available in Sprint’s other 5G markets of Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.
Now, we probably sound like a broken record at this point, but it’s worth mentioning for the umpteenth time that 5G is really not all it’s hyped up to be (at least not yet). When Verizon went live with their 5G coverage, numerous people reported difficulty in trying to find a signal. Sprint also doesn’t seem to be super prepared as they have yet to lock in all of their anticipated 5G cities. Nonetheless, they seem to be banking on the public’s excitement about 5G, regardless of its shaky reliability, to push these two products.
"We know our customers are excited to get their hands on these devices to experience 5G’s power and speed," said Dow Draper, Sprint Chief Commercial Officer. "And because we want customers to enjoy the full potential of 5G, we will expand availability of these awesome devices to additional markets as our 5G coverage expands."
Sprint is offering discounted pricing for these first-of-their-kind products. The LG V50 ThinQ 5G will cost $24 per month while the HTC 5G Hub will come in at $12.50 per month with 100GB of high-speed data adding another $60 per month.
The LG V50 ThinQ is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and can hold a charge for a full day with its 4,000 mAh battery. Sprint seems to be targeting gamers in a big way with the LG V50 ThinQ 5G. The smartphone promises “rich graphics” and “fast-moving fun” without delay. Sprint is also partnering with cloud gaming program, Hatch to offer customers a free three-month subscription to its 5G cloud gaming service.
With the HTC 5G Hub, Sprint hopes to power non-5G devices like laptops, tablets, TVs, etc. with 5G speed. The hub will reportedly be able to replace a Wi-Fi router, thus eliminating the need for extra cables. Users will be able to quickly stream 4K videos onto a second screen and access their entertainment via voice commands. Businesses will be able to safely connect up to 20 devices to the hub.
According to Sprint’s CEO, Michel Combes:
"There has never been a better time to be a Sprint customer as we bring on the next generation of wireless speed. LG V50 ThinQ 5G and HTC 5G Hub are innovation marvels and they are ideal to be the first to bring the power of both Sprint 5G and 4G LTE Advanced to our customers. I am proud of the close collaboration with LG, Qualcomm and HTC that has brought us to this momentous milestone."
The optimist in me wishes them the best of luck, but the realist in me knows that we still have a long way to go when it comes to 5G.