In a world first* for our readers, and following on from weeks – if not months of speculation - WPDownUnder is pleased to finally bring the official Telstra launch information on the HTC Titan 4G Windows Phone. Following on from Nokia’s recent confirmation of the Lumia 900 being HSPA+ for the Australian market, Telstra have secured the first 4G device on Microsoft’s Metro OS. Launched in the US as the HTC Titan II, Down Under loses the II moniker (we never saw the non-4G v1 launched only months ago in the States) and picks up true 4G capability, joining the HTC Velocity as Telstra’s flagship handsets on their new high-speed network. So what exactly can speedsters look forward to?
The Telstra HTC Titan 4G is not only the only 4G certified Windows Phone (WP) on any network in Australia, it is also has the honour of featuring the biggest and meanest WP camera on the market – packing a whopping 16MP. Not content to stop there, the device is also huge by any modern smartphone standards. Sure, not quite as large as the Galaxy Note – however with the WVGA super LCD capacitive screen measuring in at 4.7″ – It’s a step up on most other devices on the market.
In today’s Media release, Telstra confirm that “Windows Phone fans will soon be able to surf the mobile web, respond to email and access work documents faster than before on the HTC Titan4G – Australia’s first 4G Windows Phone which launches next Tuesday on the Telstra Mobile Network.” In a clear pitch to business users and enterprise customers, Will Irving, Group Managing Director, Telstra Business says:
“Australian small businesses have embraced smartphones to help them work where they want and to stay responsive to customers and new business opportunities. The launch of the nation’s first 4G Windows Phone means small businesses can perform even more advanced tasks from the palms of their hands – like handling larger emails on the go, capturing and sending high-resolution images and video and accessing emerging cloud-hosted services direct from their smartphone screen. Best of all, Windows Phone is incredibly easy to navigate and immediately familiar to anyone who uses Microsoft’s popular Office software,”
The Windows Phone platform offers many synergies and obvious benefits to businesses – from the mobile Microsoft Office suite and integration on the handset, Microsoft Exchange connectivity, Skydrive cloud services – not to mention the informative glance-and-go live tiles interface. The Titan 4G specifically features:
Lightning fast 4G speeds in 4G coverage areas.
4.7 inch WVGA super LCD capacitive screen
16-megapixel camera with dedicated button, auto focus and dual LED flash; 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
1.5 GHz Snapdragon™ S2 processor
Mobile Wi-fi Hotspot or Internet Connection Sharing.
It’s two big selling points (other than the fact it runs the amazing Windows Phone OS) are of course the camera and 4G connectivity:
“Packed with advanced imaging technology, the HTC Titan 4G features a 16-megapixel camera, a wide-angle lens, autofocus, dual LED flash, red-eye reduction, image stabilisation, a backside-illuminated sensor and a physical camera button, allowing customers to leave digital point-and-shoot cameras at home. The HTC Titan 4G delivers a number of features that HTC has developed to help people capture perfect photos in a variety of conditions; for instance, panoramic shot for sweeping landscapes and burst shot for action photography.”
“Customers using the HTC Titan 4G in 4G coverage areas (capital city CBDs, associated airports and more than 80 additional regional and metropolitan locations) can access typical download speeds ranging from 2Mbps to 40Mbps and typical upload speeds from 1Mbps to 10Mbps. When outside 4G coverage areas the Titan 4G uses HSPA+ Dual Channel technology to serve up Australia’s fastest 3G download speeds which range from 1.1Mbps-20Mbps in all capital CBDs and much of the associated metropolitan areas and many regional locations. Outside these areas speed ranges will be less.
Pricing and availability:
Business customers can purchase the new HTC Titan 4G for $8 per month after using their MRO bonus on the $70 Business Mobile Advantage plan for 24 months, which includes unlimited standard national SMS, and free national voice calls to eligible mobiles on the same account in Australia. 1GB of data is also included to use in Australia each month, which can be shared with other eligible services on the same account. Min cost over 24 months is $1872.
General consumers can purchase the HTC Titan 4G for $0 upfront on the $79 Freedom® Connect Plan (after using an included MRO Bonus), with $800 worth of included calls and MMS, unlimited SMS and 2GB of data, all to standard Australian numbers (excludes use overseas) each month. Min cost over 24 months is $1896.
The phone will be available outright for $888.
The HTC Titan 4G is an important device for the WIndows Phone platform Down Under. Commenting on the launch, Megan Howard, Windows Phone Lead, Microsoft Australia stated: “ We are thrilled to have the HTC Titan 4G added to the Windows Phone portfolio – adding more speed and power to the platform’s capabilities. Microsoft is dedicated to providing consumers with choice and variety when it comes to their phone options and the platform’s first 4G capable handset is key to that offering.”
WPDownUnder agrees. With more official news still to come, make sure you check back here for all the coverage on Telstra’s new flagship 4G handset – Yes, a Windows Phone – we can’t wait to put it through its paces!
Link to Telstra full Media Release: HERE and their Telstra Exchange Blog Post.* World First is an ambit claim – with the WPDownUnder office still up and publishing after midnight from the same press release other outlets are expected to feature during more reasonable hours ;)