Samsung 4G smartphone hits Telstra stores

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Samsung 4G smartphone hits Telstra stores

Samsung has launched an upgrade of its Galaxy S II smartphone allowing users to connect to Telstra's high-speed LTE network.

The Galaxy S II 4G will go on sale tomorrow in Telstra stores and can be purchased online from today.

Samsung has packed a more powerful 1.5GHz dual-core processor into the phone, compared to its predecessor’s 1.2GHz chip. The screen is also slightly larger at 4.5 inches and the 4G model comes built with an NFC chip. 

The Galaxy S II 4G camera remains at 8MP able to record 1080p full HD video, along with a 2MP front-facing camera. It currently runs on Android’s 2.3 Gingerbread operating system but Samsung has confirmed a future upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich.

The 16GB handset will be available for business customers on Telstra’s $5 upfront, $70 business plan over 24 months. Consumer customers can access Telstra’s $5 upfront, $59 freedom connect plan over 24 months. 

The smartphone is the second handset to launch in Australia with 4G capability, following HTC's launch of its Velocity 4G mobile in late January.  

Telstra is currently the only telco with an LTE network in Australia. Rival Vodafone is in the early stages of its own LTE rollout. 

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