HTC Velocity 4G Android phone (preview)

HTC Velocity 4G preview: The HTC Velocity 4G is Australia's first LTE "4G" capable Android phone

The HTC Velocity 4G is Australia's first 4G smartphone and will be available to purchase from Tuesday 24 January. The Velocity 4G is the first phone to work on the Telstra's LTE enablement of its Next G network, which runs on the LTE 1800MHz network band.

Australia's first 4G smartphone is the HTC Velocity 4G
• Full details on Telstra's commercial launch of 4G
Just how fast is the HTC Velocity 4G?

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Sold as the HTC Raider 4G in the US and South Korea, the HTC Velocity 4G has a large 4.5in qHD touchscreen with a resolution of 540x960, a 1.5GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory and an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash. The phone is coated in a gloss black finish on the front and has a silver battery cover on the rear. It will ship with the 2.3 "Gingerbread" version of Google's Android OS, though Telstra hasn't revealed if it will eventually be upgraded to the latest 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" version.

In a brief hands-on with the phone at a private Telstra media briefing last year, we can also reveal that the back of the HTC Velocity 4G tapers inwards towards the edge of the phone, making it comfortable to hold.

Telstra commercially launched its newly branded "4G" Long Term Evolution (LTE) network last September. Its best described as an LTE enablement of the Next G network. Though the 4G network will deliver faster uplink and downlink speeds and higher latency (meaning faster mobile Internet speeds), it will also reduce the strain on Telstra's Next G network.

Telstra claims using the HTC Velocity 4G in a 4G coverage area will result in mobile Internet speeds up to five times faster than it's regular Next G network. The 4G network, which uses the LTE 1800MHz band, will approximately double download speeds and triple upload speeds compared to the Next G network. The company is quoting typical download speeds of between 2 megabits per second (Mbps) and 40Mbps and typical upload speeds of between 1Mbps and 10Mbps.

Telstra customers can pre-order the HTC Velocity online and have it delivered from 24 January. The phone will also be available for purchase at selected Telstra stores from 24 January.

The HTC Velocity 4G is available for $0 upfront on Telstra's $79 Freedom Connect plan, which includes $800 worth of calls and MMS, unlimited SMS and 2GB of data per month. month. The Velocity 4G is also available on a number of business plans.

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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5 Comments

Dan

1

This is not really a class leading product to launch Telstra LTE with.

It is good enough for the common man, but the geeks which will be lining up for LTE speeds are smarter than that - they will also be wanting the 'Retina Display' pixel density that 720p high definition displays will be offering.

There is a whole slew of 720p phones being released before Xmas including Nexus Prime, LG LU6200, HTC Vigor which have the high def 720p (and arguably better looking designs except maybe the LG).

This device to me (personal opinion) is aesthetically displeasing and the lack of 720p makes it a show stopper.

Just my opinion.

Amanda

2

Dan, I don't understand what changed since the 21st. All the new HTC phones lined up for release were being praised and all that, and suddenly, in the last 6 days, all the sites posting news on them are getting incredibly harsh and just bashing the phones under their breath in every other sentence.

Is 720p the only thing the Vigor has over the Holiday/Raider? I also personally find the rubbery looking grey back of the Vigor to be aesthetically displeasing. >.>

james

3

Ok, for all of you who get everything without looking for it, good luck.
Advise : Good shopping and don't let anyone put that idea on your head.
Get a HTC, but not that one, get the Sensation XE.

aisha

4

Also read about the ICS update coming soon on http://www.aussie4g.com/2012/01/first-4g-phone.html so seems likely. But nobody is saying what the battery life is like, anyone have one on here that can comment?

reverse phone

5

baby books should have because a lot of pictures as promising as babies like to
see pictures.,

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