Telstra to launch first 4G smartphone from HTC in 2012

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On the heels of its 4G network roll out, Telstra has announced a brand new phone that will be able to use the very new network it launched. No, its not the iPhone. It’s a phone made by its rivals, HTC, and is coming out in the first half of next year.

Dubbed the “HTC 4G” phone, Telstra is releasing very small details about the phone. Telstra, however, has confirmed that the phone will be powered by Android, and feature a 4.5-inch screen. It will also have a dual-core processor and an 8-megapixel camera, typical high-range smartphone features. The images also seem to indicate that the phone will have a front-facing camera.

“4G smartphones will bring the rich internet content Australians love on their home PCs to their hands and pockets,” CEO for Telstra David Thodey said in a press statement.

“In a matter of months, our customers will be able to stream their video and music collections over the mobile internet faster than before, access cloud-hosted applications and play fast-paced internet games direct from their smartphone screen. We’re delighted to be working with HTC on the first of many 4G handheld devices that are set to launch now the new Telstra 4G network is live in Australia.”

However, many have already speculated that this phone is in fact the HTC Holiday – also known as the HTC Raider 4G in the US and heading for AT&T. The phone has been confirmed to feature a 1.5GHz dual core processor and 16GB of storage. However, HTC is likely to make modifications – especially with the antennas as the US and Australia uses different bands for their 4G services.

You can register your interest by visiting Telstra’s own website.

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