In pictures: the HTC Velocity 4G launch

Telstra and HTC launched the new HTC Velocity 4G in style at Sydney's Neild Avenue

  • The Velocity 4G was introduced by Ben Hodgson, HTC's country manager for Australia and New Zealand.

  • With a 1.5GHz processor, the Velocity 4G is one of the most powerful smartphones available in Australia. The camera of the Velocity 4G is also a talking point thanks to its 28mm wide angle lens, which has a wide f2.2 aperture for good low-light capability.

  • Telstra staff at the event were on hand to show off the Velocity 4G.

  • 4G coverage is initially available in all Australian capital city CBDs (within 5km of the GPO), city airports and a range of regional areas. When 4G is not available, the HTC Velocity 4G uses dual-channel 3G on Telstra's international 3G NextG network.

  • The HTC Velocity 4G was the star of last night's event. It's Australia's first smartphone to use Telstra's new 4G high-speed data mobile phone network.

  • The HTC Velocity 4G uses Telstra's 1800MHz 4G data network, allowing for network speeds of up to 40Mb/s download and 10Mb/s upload. This is five times faster than Telstra's 3G network, which is the fastest 3G network in Australia.

  • Available on Telstra's $79 Freedom Connect Plan and $90 Business Mobile Advantage Member plan, the HTC Velocity 4G is available in stores from today.

  • The HTC Velocity 4G uses Android 2.3 Gingerbread as its operating system, but the newest Ice Cream Sandwich version will be made available for the phone within six weeks.

  • One of the strengths of Telstra's 4G network is its excellent upload speeds -- even though 4G downloads were being hammered by many users at the event, our test phone was able to achieve an upload speed of almost 11 Mb/s.

  • The Velocity 4G is a thin phone despite its 4.5in screen and 4G circuitry.

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