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HTC Magic launches on Vodafone Spain

Vodafone Spain have released the HTC Magic, beating their UK counterpart to launch.  The Magic is available now through the carrier's online store, and will be in retail stores from next week, priced between €19 ($25) and €199 $262) depending on tariff.  An all-inclusive internet plan, priced at €12 ($16) per month, is mandatory. Both black and white versions of the Magic will be on offer, each with a 3.2-inch QVGA touchscreen, GPS, HSPA and WiFi b/g.  The Magic also has Bluetooth 2.0, a 3.2-megapixel camera and 500MB of onboard storage, together with supporting up to 8GB microSD memory cards.  As with other Android devices, the Magic has the Google suite of applications, including access to the Android Market, GMail and a full internet browser.  More details on tariffs and pricing at the official Vodafone Spain blog; more on the HTC Magic here. [Thanks Tony!]

Samsung I7500 landing O2 Germany in June?

According to Bild am Somtag, you're looking at the the Samsung I7500, set to be the third Android-based cellphone after the T-Mobile G1 and HTC Magic.  The German-language site claims the touchscreen handset has an 11.9mm thick case, 5-megapixel camera and 3.2-inch HVGA AMOLED display. Other specs are suggested as an LED flash, standard 3.5mm headphone jack and WiFi.  Under the hood there's apparently Qualcomm's 528MHz MSM7200A processor, Bluetooth, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSPA, plus 8GB of onboard storage.  It's tipped to hit carrier O2 Germany in June, priced at around €300 ($397). No confirmation from Samsung nor O2 Germany, unsurprisingly.  The photo is obviously a mock-up, and one we're only moderately convinced by; the inconsistent width along the title bar is just one problem. [via OLED-Display]

T-Mobile USA confirm more G-Series devices in 2009; likely to be HSPA

T-Mobile will definitely be releasing more G-series devices in 2009, almost certainly offering HSPA high-speed mobile internet access.  That's the not particularly surprising news from Neville Ray, senior vice president of engineering and operations at T-Mobile USA, who has confirmed that the carrier stands behind the Android-based smartphones in an interview with Fierce Wireless. Ray also revealed that T-Mobile USA are looking to double their "3G reach" in 2009, referring to the amount of coverage the network offers.  The device focus, however, will remain on handsets and consumer devices, rather than data cards, with Ray describing HSPA-enabled smartphones as satisfying a "sweet spot" for "compelling devices".
"Our plan in 2009 is to double the number of covered POPs and top 208 million POPs. We expect to be in more than 300 cities by the end of 2009. That takes us to competitive parity in most areas of the country with Verizon and AT&T" Neville Ray
Unfortunately the interview did not press the engineer on specific details of upcoming Android-based devices, meaning that overall it's slim-pickings if you're looking for hot new information.  Nonetheless, it seems to suggest that T-Mobile would be reluctant to pick up a handset such as the General Mobile DLST1, which in its current state lacks 3G support. [via MobileBurn]
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