HTC Velocity 4G

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 February, 2012, 12:00am


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Every new generation of mobile phones brings new features and capabilities, but when it comes to 4G, this week's gadget is truly a major leap forward.

For starters, HTC's new Velocity 4G model connects to the internet at a speed of up to 100Mbps because it uses a 4G technology called LTE. That's more than three times the speed you get with 3G and HSPA services.

If you use a lot of high-bandwidth applications, such as video or Facebook, then the Velocity will definitely add some zip to your day. The downside is that you'll probably need to sign up for a bigger data plan and will reach the 'fair usage' limit of 5GB much more quickly.

To take advantage of all that speed, the Velocity comes with a large. 4.5-inch capacitive touch display with 540?60-pixel resolution and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor running the Android 2.3.7 operating system.

You also get pretty impressive imaging with the Velocity, which features an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera on the back for taking photos and a 1.3-megapixel one on the front for video calls. More impressive, perhaps, is the lens on the back, which sports a wide aperture setting of f/2.2, which should serve well in low-light conditions, while the 28mm wide-angle lens will let you capture more of the scene in question.

The HTC Velocity is available only from CSL (1010, one2free) - which runs Hong Kong's only LTE network for now - for HK$4,998.

Pros: the first 4G phone; up to 100Mbps of download speed; large display

Cons: thicker and heavier than many 3G phones; can only be used on one network - CSL