HTC One XL on Telstra 4G network from 5 June

Telstra and HTC will again join forces for an exclusive smartphone launch, with the 4G-ready One XL handset to launch in Australia on 5 June.

Telstra and HTC will again join forces for an exclusive smartphone launch, with the 4G-ready One XL handset to launch in Australia on 5 June.

A frame taken from Telstra's One XL demo video on YouTube. (Screenshot by CBSi)

Prices for this latest Telstra handset start at AU$65 per month, including an AU$6 handset repayment on an AU$59 Freedom Connect plan. The phone is also available for AU$3 per month on an AU$90 Telstra Business Plan. Customers can pre-order the phone now, with Telstra hoping to fill these orders from 1 June. The first 300 customers to pre-order will also receive Beats Solo headphones valued at AU$279.

The One XL is a 4G variant of the One X smartphone already on sale through Optus, Vodafone, Crazy Johns, Virgin Mobile, Telechoice and Allphones, as well as many online stores. To accommodate the 4G-networking hardware, this newer version forgoes the quad-core Nvidia processor in the original, with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor in its place. This is one of the few differences, though, with the One XL making use of the same HD-resolution display and 8-megapixel camera.

June will be a busy month for the telcos, with several major releases already pencilled in for the month. Nokia announced the latest in its Lumia Windows Phone range two weeks ago, and Samsung is also expected to launch its flagship smartphone this week, with a launch event planned in Sydney on Thursday morning.

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