HTC took to their blog this afternoon to remind new (and prospective) HTC One customers know about one of the device’s commonly forgotten hardware features. According to HTC, because of the Broadcom wireless chips found inside each and every HTC One, the device is able to connect to, not only 802.11a/b/g/n, but also 5G WiFi, the next-generation standard based on 802.11ac.
5G WiFi (802.11ac) promises downloads up to 3x’s faster, with 6 times more power efficiency than legacy a/b/g/n. Because 5G WiFi operates on the 5GHz frequency, this means it’s less congested and thanks to its higher bandwidth (using 80MHz channel bandwidth), can support more traffic from more connected users without bogging down. This should come in handy when mom is watching her favorite HD shows on Netflix.
While 5G WiFi routers are only beginning to hit the market, there’s a good chance your future router (maybe even current?) will support it. Nice to know your HTC One is already future-proof and ready for it, right? Don’t even get us started on the confusion caused once wireless network providers make the move from 4G to “5G.” Ugh.