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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