Over the years I’ve seen a lot of new mobile phones launched into the Australian market. Often phones will excel in one area (for instance looks, performance, features or operating software) but could be improved slightly in another.

UPDATE: June 01.  Following stronger than expected demand the pre-order offer has closed.

So when a phone comes along that excels at everything you know it’s going to be an absolute winner.

The new HTC One XL smartphone is a phone that excels at everything — it’s simply one of the best smartphones you’ll see this year.

For starters HTC One XL is the first smartphone in the HTC One series to feature ultra-fast 4G connectivity providing download speeds that are up to five times faster than other HTC One models  when in 4G coverage areas. 4G coverage is currently available in capital CBDs and selected metropolitan and regional locations. For details on 4G coverage locations, visit: www.telstra.com/mobilebbcoverage
It’s also the first in Australia with the new S4 dual core processor from Qualcomm. For the hardcore techies out there the S4 chip is one of the first to be built using a 28nm process which improves energy efficiency. It’s also incredibly zippy. The combination of processor and Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating software means the XL offers remarkably fast web browsing, smooth video playback and effortless multitasking.

The HTC XL is also Telstra’s first smartphone to feature Beats AudioTM by Dr. Dre. The advanced software delivers authentic studio-quality sounds whether a customer is listening to their favourite music, watching YouTube™ or playing a game.

The Camera on the HTC One XL takes only 0.7 seconds from start up to image capture and features a rapid fire continuous shooting mode which lets you select the best image from up to 99. You can also shoot high definition 1080p video and capture high resolution photos at the same time by tapping the screen – you can even capture pictures when playing back video.

You can pre-order HTC One XL from today until midnight 4 June AEST for shipping of approved orders from 1 June. Pre-orders can be placed by heading to www.telstra.com/htcone.

If you’ve been waiting for the phone that’s good at everything — wait no longer.


Customers who pre-order their HTC One XL online on a Freedom® Connect Plan will receive a set of Beats™ Solo™ High Performance On-Ear Headphones with ControlTalk™ (valued at $279) with their purchase.

Consumer customers can purchase the HTC One XL on the $59 Freedom® Connect Plan with a $6 handset repayment per month (after using an included MRO Bonus), with $550 worth of included calls and MMS, unlimited SMS and 1.5GB of data, all to standard Australian numbers (excludes use overseas) each month. Min cost over 24 months is $1,560.

Business customers can purchase HTC One XL for $3 per month (after using their MRO bonus) on the $90 Business Mobile Advantage plan for 24 months, which includes unlimited standard national SMS, unlimited MessageBank® diversion and retrieval in Australia, and free national voice calls to eligible mobiles on the same account in Australia. 2GB of data is also included to use in Australia each month, which can be shared with other eligible services on the same account. Min cost over 24 months is $2,232.

For details on 4G coverage locations, visit: www.telstra.com/mobilebbcoverage.