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The Samsung Galaxy S9 will be the fastest phone on Telstra’s network


The new handsets will boast theoretical download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps.

On the back of Samsung announcing its Galaxy S9 and S9+ handsets at Mobile World Congress today, Telstra not only confirmed that it will be selling the device but has also thrown out some impressive figures regarding download speeds the handsets will be capable of when they launch next month.

As the first phones to feature a Cat. 18 modem, both the S9 and the S9+ boast theoretical download speeds of up to a whopping 1.2Gbps. For reference, the highest tier of standard NBN speeds tops out at 100Mbps, less than a tenth of what the Galaxy S9 handsets can hit.

In testing on its live network, Telstra has seen actual download speeds as high as 851Mbps. Though it's not quite the full 1.2Gbps, this is still a seriously impressive figure that would mean you'd never need to worry about Netflix buffering anytime soon.

As for the handsets themselves, Telstra will open pre-orders at 12:01 tomorrow morning, 27 February. Both the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will go on direct sale from 8:00am 16 March. No pricing or plan options have been announced just yet, but Telstra will reveal this soon.

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