The second phone based on Google’s operating system Android has been pulled out of the bag by Vodafone as the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona continues to pepper the landscape with new handsets galore.
Known as the HTC Magic, the phone sports the same curious ‘chin’ of its predecessor, the T-Mobile G1, but does away with the keyboard – which for us, is a real deal buster (the phone will instead feature the new ‘Cupcake’ Android feature which offers a virtual onscreen keyboard).
The HTC will be powered by Qualcomm MSM7201a, 528MHzprocessor and offer 512MB ROM and 192MB RAM memory with microSD memory card expansion.
The battery life – which proved so disappointing with the G1 is rated at 400 mins/450 mins talk time (WCDMA/GSM), with standby times of 660 hours/420 hours for GSM), thanks to the upgraded 1340 Li-Ion 1340 mAh battery (up from 1150 mAh).
The handset’s a good looker, but not exactly slim at 4.45 x 2.17 x 0.45-inches and weighs in at 4.18 ounces with battery. Stupidly, HTC have stuck with their non-standard audio jack instead of the 3.5mm jack that every single person on the planet prefers.
There isn’t that much to get excited about on closer inspection – the camera is only a 3.2 Megapixel job with no flash, and the capacitive touchscreen remains at 320×480 HVGA resolution.
As before, there’s Bluetooth, WiFi, mini USB, and GPS functionality on board – plus the digital compass, which we love!
Vodafone will be announcing pricing and availability depending on the market. So far, we’ve heard that it’ll cost between 99 to 199 Euro in Spain, depending on contract, with a UK release date in April.
Processor Qualcomm MSM7201a, 528 MHz
Operating System Android
Memory ROM: 512 MB
RAM: 192 MB
Dimensions 113 x 55 x 13.65 mm ( 4.45 x 2.17 x 0.54 inches)
Weight 118.5 grams ( 4.18 ounces) with battery
Display 3.2-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with 320×480 HVGA resolution
Up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds
Device Control Trackball with Enter button
GPS Internal GPS antenna
Connectivity Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g
HTC ExtUSB (11-pin mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one)
Camera 3.2 megapixel color camera with auto focus
Audio supported formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC-LC, MIDI, OGG
Video supported formats MP4, 3GP
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1340 mAh
Up to 400 minutes for WCDMA
Up to 450 minutes for GSM
Up to 660 hours for WCDMA
Up to 420 hours for GSM
Expansion Slot microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
AC Adapter Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 47/63 Hz
DC output: 5V and 1A
Special Features G-sensor