The future of fast is coming to Australia’s best mobile network
Telstra today confirmed the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be Australia’s first ultra-fast LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) smartphone and is set to join Telstra’s product line-up later this year.
LTE-A technology will enable owners of compatible smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to experience mobile web speeds previously unimaginable. Telstra’s LTE-A carrier aggregation service is already available in parts of Perth, Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin, Fremantle, Esperance, Mildura, Griffith, Mt Isa, Sarina, Yamba and Bundaberg. More than 20 additional locations will be added by the end of the year, with a wider launch scheduled from one January 2015.
LTE-A technology combines Telstra’s new 4G 700MHz coverage with Telstra’s existing 4G coverage on the 1800MHz band to deliver theoretical peak network speeds of up to 300Mbps, which is at least double Telstra’s existing 4G theoretical peak network speeds. This service has demonstrated actual speeds of 220-235 Mbps, however typical user speeds will be lower depending on location, device and other factors.
Telstra Director of Devices, Andrew Volard, said that beyond the breakneck speeds, LTE-A would help create a more reliably fast connection for Telstra customers.
“The leap to LTE-A will mean customers in coverage areas with compatible devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will enjoy ultra-fast content. But just as importantly, it means a more reliably fast mobile web experience for our customers.
“It’s the technology that will support our growing appetite for video on the go, our love of streaming music services and our fascination with sharing life through social networking sites.”
The Note 4 features a 5.7" Quad HD Super AMOLED display. The screen is designed to deliver deeper contrasts and more vivid colours and is capable of supporting 1440p resolution content.
“Australians have an ever increasing appetite for video and mobile phone manufactures are catering to this with bigger, higher-quality screens. Telstra is catering for this shift with the rollout of our 4G 700MHz spectrum and LTE-A technology,” Mr. Volard said.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 includes a heart rate monitor and a finger print scanner which integrates into the home button for secure access and online payment support. It also comes with a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation to ensure that photos you capture are crisp and clear. The Note 4 will come in Charcoal Black, Frost White and, exclusively to Telstra, in Bronze Gold.
Telstra also confirmed it will be launching the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Edge, the Samsung Gear S smart watch and the Samsung Gear VR, a virtual reality headset compatible with Note 4.
Pricing, availability and pre-order information for the Note 4 and Note 4 edge will be announced in the coming weeks. To register to for more information head to Telstra.com/note.
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