HTC Holiday to be first Telstra 4G smartphone

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Feast your eyes, lovers of fast internet. Telstra has announced that its first 4G smartphone will be a mysterious HTC monster known only as the HTC 4G, but we know better. Yesterday at the telco's 4G launch event, we snapped a pic of the phone's own ID, outing it as the HTC Holiday.

Excuse the camera phone photography, but this phone is clearly the Holiday.
(Credit: CBSi)

Telstra is also playing coy when it comes to the release date for the Holiday, stating only that it will be released along with a 4G-capable tablet in the first half of 2012. There were no specific details released around the networking capabilities of the Holiday on the Telstra network, but, as you can see in the image below, we saw it comfortably push 20Mbps download speeds on a cell with seven other video-on-demand streams running concurrently.

We saw speed tests with 20Mbps downloads, and this is apparently only half of what you could expect.
(Credit: CBSi)

The Holiday is actually a production title given by HTC, and is likely to change before the phone is released. In the US, the Holiday will be released on the AT&T network as the HTC Raider 4G. The handset sports an enormous 4.5-inch display, a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, 16GB storage and the latest version of Google's Android OS. It's worth noting that HTC will have to modify the radio components of this handset to make it Telstra ready, so any of these other details could change, as well.

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peter patina posted a comment   

The speeds would be good now but when it gets congested, it would ultimately slow right down i suppose. Plus Telstra would charge like wounded bulls as usual. I'll wait till other carriers start up their 4G


Will1505 posted a reply   

there is actually no price premium for 4G at telstra. lets face it, you get what you pay for, you want low latency and reception everywhere, you go telstra. If your happy to be frustrated, you go to optus or voda


kshitijdesai posted a comment   

That image with the results is dodgy. There is no cell network on the phone as you can see on the top.


Joseph Hanlon posted a reply   

I pointed that out to the Telstra rep we were speaking with. Apparently it's one of the quirks of it being an internal prototype. But I watched the speed test run, so nothing dodgy there.


kshitijdesai posted a reply   

Ahh I see.

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