Feb 08 AT 2:10 PM Nick Gray 13 Comments

Vodafone’s HTC Velocity will be the first 4G LTE phone to launch in Germany


Vodafone Germany has chosen to use a HTC phone to be the first mobile device to launch its shiny new 4G LTE network. The HTC Velocity (can you feel the speed?) for Vodafone may look familiar to those of us in the US market since it’s essentially the HTC Vivid with a different name.

Specs on the HTC Velocity include a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor, 4.5-inch qHD (960×540) display, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, 1620 mAh battery, 8 megapixel main camera with auto focus, dual-LED flash, f/2.2, 28mm lens, 1.3 MP front-facing camera and 1080p HD video recording capabilities. The HTC Velocity will launch with Android 2.3 and HTC Sense 3.5, but an update to Android 4.0 should already be in the works since the US variant of the device is expected to get the upgrade within a month or two.

The HTC Velocity features support for Vodafone’s 800/2600MHz LTE network which currently provides coverage for 8.5 million Germans. The actual data speeds for the phone are still unknown, but both the HTC Velocity and Vodafone’s LTE network are rated for 100 Mbps downstream and 50Mbps upstream. Unlike in the US, most of Europe’s LTE network is expected to run on the same 800/2600MHz frequency which means customers will still be able to enjoy 4G speeds even if their carrier does not have LTE coverage in their area. At launch, the HTC Velocity will only be available at Vodafone shops which are currently covered by the netoworks LTE blanket.

No price or release date for the HTC Velocity have been announced, however we suspect Vodafone will want to get the device to market as quickly as possible to give the phone a decent shelf life before it becomes overshadowed by HTC’s new 2012 lineup which will be unveiled in a few short weeks.

Via: Engadget Mobile

Source: Computer Woche

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • YMS123

    Battery is on the small side for LTE…

    • Derek

      Same size battery as in the HTC Rezound on Verizon. Battery life isnt great, but its not horrible either.

  • spazby

    exciting for vodafone customers…

  • DROID Sam

    Glad to see LTE networks in Europe are finally ready to support mobile devices. I know Vodafone and O2 launched their LTE networks about six months ago but the focus was to mainly promote the service as a DSL alternative. I wonder when/if US carriers will try to break into the home internet business.

  • F.P. van der Leur

    Europe, including Germany, already has the Galaxy Note with LTE for a couple of months now.

    • Erik N

      What German carrier has the LTE Note? My brother is on Vodafone but it’s only running 3G. I just checked o2oneline.de and tmobile.de and their versions of the Note don’t list LTe under connectivity.

      I’m not saying you’re wrong, but if there is an LTE G-Note available I’m sure my brother would want to know.

  • Oskar Wismierski

    Looks very similar to HTC Hero.. except for the specs ;)

    • Oskar Wismierski

      (Squared back)

      • Fisher223

        Glad you clarified. The front of the two phones look completely different. I know HTC got some bad press for creating a phone with a chin, but the HTC Hero was probably one of their most iconic designs before the Sensation came along with it’s removable unibody shell and curved/inset glass.

        Truly a thing of beauty http://www.gadgetvenue.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/htc-hero.jpg They should bring back a retro designed phone that looks like the Hero

        • mr cee

          Love the design of the original HTC Hero, one of my favorite HTC devices right up there with the Nexus one and the Sensation.

  • Erik N

    Europe needs to get on the ball when it comets to 4G. They were leading the way with 3G for years, but Verizon and AT&T in the US market have stepped up their game and now are leaders in the industry (for the very first time).

    The one main advantage that the EU has over North America is that the majority of carriers will be using the same bands to that they can road (for a charge) across different countries. Now lets get more LTE towers in place and get us some more coverage!

  • bd1212

    A few days ago there were reports of HTC saying that being the first to jump on the 4G LTE bandwagon ended up being a bad decision, and here they are doing it all over again, except overseas? HTC is quite hypocritical.

    P.S. That’s a tiny battery.

  • netoworks

    netoworks think me networks. Otherwise great article.