news The nation’s largest telco Telstra has confirmed it will shortly be launching two handsets in HTC’s new flagship One line-up in Australia, firming suspicions that HTC’s new top-end LTE model could be headed to the big T’s flagship Next G 4G mobile network.
“We are taking two HTC One handsets; we haven’t confirmed which ones yet,” a spokesperson for the telco said tonight via email. Telstra has also launched a site where customers can register their interest in receiving info on the planned HTC One launch, as first reported by Ausdroid.
HTC launched its One line-up in Barcelona this week. All of the handsets run the new Ice Cream Sandwich (version 4.0) edition of Google’s Android operating system, and offer advanced features over the company’s current line of HTC Sensation and Desire handsets currently available in Australia.
The top-end model of the One range is the HTC One X. The phone features a polycarbonate unibody design and is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 CPU, with a quad-core processor running at 1.5GHz (plus an additional core which HTC says is aimed at saving battery life). To keep the phone’s graphics up to speed, it runs a 12-core NVIDIA graphics processing unit.
The screen of the One X is a 4.7″ touchscreen running at a high definition resolution of 720p and using Corning’s Gorilla Glass material. In countries with 4G (using the Long-Term Evolution standard or LTE), it will also launch in a model supporting LTE and with a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU at 1.5GHz, to be known as the One XL. It is this HTC One XL handset which some in the industry suspect Telstra will launch over its 4G network. Telstra is currently the only Australian mobile carrier to have launched 4G services in Australia.
It is possible that Telstra will launch the HTC One XL and also the HTC One S, which features lower specifications than the One X and XL, but is still high-end by smartphone standards. HTC is billing the phone as its slimmest phone yet, at just 7.99mm thick. Telstra previously launched the S version of HTC’s Desire smartphone in mid-2011.
Optus has linked to the One X announcement through its Facebook page, hinting that it will launch the handset when it eventually arrives in Australia. This would also make sense, as Optus does not currently support 4G services.
The last Android smartphone in HTC’s new armoury is the One V, which is a lower-order phone with a very similar design to the HTC Legend, which was quite popular in Australia and sold primarily through Vodafone. The One V features a single core 1GHz CPU.
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