HTC Magic Preview

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The HTC Magic will be the second smartphone running Google’s Android to be released by a major carrier. This model will strongly resemble its predecessor, but lack the T-Mobile G1‘s hardware keyboard.

I recently was able to get some time with a pre-release version of this device, and I recorded a short video preview of it:

First Impressions
I’ll confess, the Magic surprised me with how slim it is. It looks so much like the T-Mobile G1 (AKA HTC Dream) that I subconsciously expected it to be thicker. As soon as I picked it up I turned it sideways to see where the missing quarter of an inch had gone.

I’m pleased with the new design, but I hope HTC left room for a big enough battery. The G1 can barely get me through a day without a recharge, and I’m hoping the Dream will be an improvement in this area.

This device is supposed to debut with Android 1.5, and it clearly has at least one of the enhancements in this upcoming version of Google operating system: the on-screen QWERTY keyboard. In portrait mode this felt a bit cramped to use, but not terribly so.

More about the HTC Magic
This upcoming smartphone will run Google’s Android OS 1.5 on 528 MHz Qualcomm processor, and it will have 192 MB of RAM.

HTC Magic

The Magic will come with the standard suite of Android software, much of which ties in to Google’s online services, like Gmail and Google Maps.

This device will have a 3.2-inch touch-sensitive screen with a 320×480 (HVGA) resolution. As it will lack a hardware keyboard, text and numbers will be entered on-screen.

It will be a quad-band GSM phone with support for the 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) frequencies used in Europe. In addition, it will have Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR.

Available Soon
This new new handset will be exclusive to Vodafone in the UK, Spain, Germany, and France, and available on a non-exclusive basis in Italy. It will also be introduced by Vodafone in several other markets over the next few months.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that T-Mobile USA may introduce the Magic this summer.

There is no word yet on pricing, but it will probably follow in the G1’s footsteps and be a bit less expensive than the Apple iPhone.

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