Even as LTE devices are considered as must-haves in the US market, Europe’s the first commercial LTE network has yet to be launched in Europe. While the LG Optimus True HD LTE becomes available in Europe, the HTC Velocity 4G for Europe was also unveiled.
The LG Optimus True HD LTE will be sold by O2 in Germany by June while Telekom Deutschland will not be offering the device. It remains unclear which network will be offering the device in Sweden while other German operators have not given any indications if they will offer the LG Optimus True HD LTE.
The LG Optimus True HD LTE will feature a 4.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 by 720, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and an 8MP camera. Even though the recently launched LG Optimus True HD LTE will come with the Android 2.3 OS, an Android 4.0 update is set to be released although no schedule was revealed.
Commercial LTE services are currently available in Germany while other major European markets have yet to have their own LTE networks including the UK, Italy France and Spain.
Since LTE networks are not widely available in Europe, devices that are LTE-enabled like the LG Optimus True HD LTE are not quite in demand since it has become more practical to use smartphones using the HSPA network. Due to this the Nokia Lumia 900 for Europe will feature HSPA at 42mbps connectivity to guarantee high-speed connectivity for the users of the device.
The new iPad of Apple is also capable of connecting to the internet through HSPA at 42mbps.
The number of LTE-enabled devices like the LG Optimus True HD LTE is 15 percent more than HSPA+ devices across the world. The number of commercial LTE networks will increase to 129 from 64 by the end of the year. This number covers 34 countries around the world.