HTC Magic Google phone debut imminent

HTC and Vodafone's Magic Google phone will be available from early May, according to reports.

HTC Magic will be available soon.

The HTC Magic, the second phone based on the Google Android operating system, will be available from early next month.

The Vodafone-exclusive device was originally tipped for an April release, but its debut has now been pushed back until May, according to the mobile operator's own website.

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Vodafone's online teaser for the HTC Magic, the successor to the T-Mobile G1, says it aims to deliver the device by 5 May for those pre-ordering it anytime soon.

The handset boasts a 3.2in, 320x480 pixels LCD touch screen, HSDPA (7.2Mbps up and 2Mbps down), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a G-Sensor, Digital Compass, microSD storage, and 3.2MP camera. If that wasn't enough it also acts as an entry point to the applications sweet shop that is the Android Market.

The HTC Magic was announced to much fanfare back at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona in February. Since then, it has generated a great deal of anticipation and excitement, including from IT PRO who managed to get a first look review of the HTC Magic hot from the show floor.

"Delivering an unbeatable mobile internet experience for our customers is a priority for Vodafone, so we are very excited to be introducing our first Android-powered smartphone in the spring," Patrick Chomet, global director of Vodafone's terminals arm, said in a statement, back at MWC.

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He added: "Following our joining of the Open Handset Alliance, we have worked very closely with HTC to bring this cool new phone to the market. Our customers want to access a wide range of the most attractive mobile devices to help them make the most of their time - the HTC Magic helps meet that need."

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