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Vodafone HTC Magic gets video unboxing

Vodafone Germany surprised us all with a sneaky early launch of the HTC Magic this week, and the first handsets are being delivered.  Our friend Sascha is one of the first to get his hands on the Magic, and he put together an unboxing video of the new Android smartphone. Unlike the white Magic handsets that we've seen the most of in the run up to the launch, Sascha's HTC is black and it certainly suits that color.  While in the image above the keys look to be white, in actual fact they're just silver and are reflecting the overhead lighting. Aside from the HTC Magic itself, Vodafone bundle a slip-case (which "feels a little cheap"), a USB cable, power supply and a wired stereo headset.  More information on the handset itself in the video below, and you can check out our previous coverage on the Magic for more details. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5ha1UABflw[/youtube]

Vodafone HTC Magic landing May 5th from free

Vodafone UK have put the HTC Magic up for pre-order, with the touchscreen Android smartphone available from free depending on contract.  Launched back at Mobile World Congress in February, the Magic is HTC's second Android device after the T-Mobile G1 (aka the HTC Dream). According to Vodafone, the first deliveries of the Android handset should arrive on May 5th.  The Magic had been expected to launch on May 1st, itself a delay from the originally slated April release.  Monthly contracts costing £35 ($51) upward (over 18 months) get a free Magic; the cheapest contract is £15 ($22), with the phone then priced at £293.62 ($428). The HTC Magic has a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS, HSDPA and WiFi.  Our hands-on video is below, and for the full gallery check out our MWC coverage. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEOspvaOmbk[/youtube]

Vodafone HTC Magic confirmed as second Android handset

It's been all quiet on the Android front here at Mobile World Congress, and for a while we worried we might end up leaving the show without seeing anything other than reference platforms and non-functional dummy phones.  All that has changed with the news that Vodafone have clinched a deal to launch the second Android handset, in the shape of the HTC G2, which will go on sale in Europe as the Vodafone HTC Magic.

Full details on the handset won't be available until after a press conference later on today- which you know Android Community will be attending - but Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao did confirm that the HTC Magic would be an exclusive to the carrier in Europe "for a limited period".  Availability beyond that point is unclear, though it's likely that just as the HTC Dream (aka T-Mobile G1) has gone on sale under HTC's brand elsewhere in the world, so will the Magic. Although there are no official shots of the HTC Magic yet, Pocket-lint managed to snap a few pictures of the handset prior to the official announcement.  It certainly bears a strong resemblance to the non-QWERTY G2 that we saw leaked images of back in January. [gallery]
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