Vodafone announces HTC Magic, its first Android smartphone

Just yesterday, we saw the HTC Magic in some leaked images, with Vodafone’s branding on it, and today the smartphone has been officially announced.

Coming as Vodafone’s first Android device, HTC Magic is a keyboardless smartphone that will surely attract many of the giant V carrier’s customers.

Design-wise, the Magic does look better than T-Mobile G1, perhaps because it lacks a hardware QWERTY keyboard.

What’s interesting is that the new Android smartphone keeps that “chin” which dazzled us when the G1 first came out – could this be a trademark for all of HTC’s Android handsets?

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The known features of HTC Magic include:

  • 3.2 inch TFT touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixels
  • On-screen virtual QWERTY keyboard
  • Trackball navigation
  • GSM and HSDPA connectivity
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi
  • Android Market
  • Google Maps
  • Google Search
  • Google Mail
  • Webkit browser
  • Easy access to YouTube
  • 3.2 MP camera

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Vodafone will start selling the HTC Magic in the next few months. The first countries to get it are: UK, Spain, France (via SFR), Germany (in a black version) and Italy (both black and white).

The handset will be available even for free – but that’s only with a lengthy Vodafone contract and an expensive data plan. Otherwise, with normal contract agreements, the Magic will be sold for 99 or 199 euros, depending on the contract.

Most probably, Vodafone will launch the new smartphone in its non-European markets too – and I’m mainly thinking about India.

As for the US, HTC Magic could be T-Mobile’s G2, but that’s yet to be confirmed.

Via Press release

Author: Ilinca Nita

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  • Anonymous

    Does it have the Esmertec JVM?

  • http://www.hotdavid.com/ David

    These are the most beautiful pictures of the HTC Magic that I have seen so far. I want this phone so bad now. I have never owned an android phone yet or a touchscreen phone for that matter but this phone almost has me drooling for it.

  • Rocci

    I've been debating between this one and the non-magic. Im going with the non magic, I think im gonna like it better they have it unlocked at http://www.puremobile.com/HTC/HTC-G2-Black-GSM-… I cant wait to be the back to school envy, lol

  • Name

    Is Vodaphone launchin HTC Magic in India? If so then when? And will it support all the features such as google maps, google talk, Android markets etc? Cause airtel has launched it in India BUT NONE OF THE ABOVE mentioned features are available on the phone.

  • http://www.hotdavid.com/ madhatter7zero

    I just wanted to come back and say (after finding my previous comment in my disqus archive) that I did get one of these phones and it has been the best phone I ever bought. I never ever seem to get bored with this phone. It can almost do EVERYTHING. Email, music, web browsing, pictures, video, more applications than you can dream to download and do things with. It's like a mini computer all in the palm of your hands. It is so awesome. I just love it so much!!

  • http://www.hotdavid.com/ madhatter7zero

    I just wanted to come back and say (after finding my previous comment in my disqus archive) that I did get one of these phones and it has been the best phone I ever bought. I never ever seem to get bored with this phone. It can almost do EVERYTHING. Email, music, web browsing, pictures, video, more applications than you can dream to download and do things with. It's like a mini computer all in the palm of your hands. It is so awesome. I just love it so much!!