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Exclusive: HTC and Vodafone Introduce Europe's First LTE Smartphone

Authored by: Steven Blum — Feb 14, 2012


Finally, LTE has arrived in Europe – in Düsseldorf to be specific! At the moment, Vodafone and its partners HTC and Qualcomm are holding a press conference and they've just announced Europe's first LTE device: the Velocity HTC 4G. It will be available starting on the first of March, 2012 exclusively from Vodafone.

With LTE finally available, high-speed Internet is expected to arrive in Germany in late 2012. It should reach about 16m million households and should cover 90% of Germany, This means that folks should be able to surf at 50 Mbit / s – a huge leap from UMTS (384 kbit /s) and HSDPA (7.2Mbit / s).

The HTC Velocity will have the following technical specs:

  • Qualcomm APQ 8060, 1.5 GHz
  • Android 2.3.7
  • 16 GB ROM
  • 1 GB DDR2 RAM
  • 129 x 67 x 11.27 inches
  • 163 grams
  • 4.5'' touch screen with 540 x 960 pixels
  • 8 MP main camera with autofocus, dual LED flash
  • 1.3MP front camera
  • 1620 mAh battery

And, perhaps most impressively, the phone will be receiving an ICS upgrade around March / April.

We will be posting a hands-on video with the device shortly. So far we've been very impressed by its LTE speeds!

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.


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  • chinu Feb 15, 2012 Link to comment

    its good yaar, that u guyz gonna experience 4G Thrill...................

    Im just w8ting n w8ting.. :(

  • Omnius Feb 15, 2012 Link to comment

    Let's just hope they don't make the same mistake as, with resemblance to the picture above, what they did to the Sensation XL, with no onboard SD slot..
    I mean, how silly an assessment was that.. (was it 6gb left for user files!?)
    But spec wise, the higher resolution, and believably, that the Q8060 is a dualcore, it would seem as a nice jump from its single core littlesister. XL could stand for xtra fatso, whereas the new one could turn out to be rather swift.

  • Yan Matusevich Feb 14, 2012 Link to comment

    We're gonna be bathing in that 4G love, baby!

  • PatPion Feb 14, 2012 Link to comment

    Very cool!

  • Eric McBride Feb 14, 2012 Link to comment

    Funny...I was just asking Yan yesterday when we would finally see some 4G love in Europe. Nice to see its on its way.

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