News by Dan Seifert on Wednesday February 08, 2012.
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According to Vodafone's German arm, the carrier plans to launch the first Android smartphone with 4G LTE service in Europe in the near future. The phone will be the HTC Velocity, a variant of the HTC Vivid LTE phone that was released for AT&T in the U.S. late last year.
Like the Vivid, the Velocity sports a 4.5-inch, qHD (540 x 960 pixel) display and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. An 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video capture is on the back and a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera takes care of video chat duties. The Velocity runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will be available in white from Vodafone.
Vodafone will launch the Velocity in Germany first, but it is likely that it will make its way to other parts of Europe shortly thereafter. Europe has trailed the U.S. and Asia in its deployment of 4G LTE networks, but since the governing bodies have finally auctioned off the 800MHz spectrum that was formerly used for terrestrial analog TV broadcasts, we can expect carriers to aggressively roll out LTE services and devices in the coming months and years. [via The Unwired]
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