The Australian version of the HTC Vivid is launched today with the name the HTC Velocity. There are a few differences but the manufacturer managed to keep the phone’s key features. Though everyone expected to see Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the device, it will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread. But I recommend that you don’t get upset or disappointed as according to AusDroid the corresponding update will be soon rolled out by Telstra.
We have already reviewed the HTC Vivid and as the Velocity launched by Telstra is the same handset, check out our HTC Vivid review to learn about its specs and features. The features of utmost importance are the 4.5-inch qHD (960×540 pixels) display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM and HTC Sense 3.5.
As the carrier mentions HTC Velocity is the fastest Australian smartphone on the fastest Australian network, and we must agree with it because even at AT&T this phone showed mind-blowing performance. The carrier’s lineup includes more affordable and respectable HTC handsets as well (the HTC Evo 3D or the HTC Sensation) and you can opt for one of them, but only with the HTC Velocity you will appear among the first ones to taste ICS.