The iPhone will soon get fresh competition when Vodafone and 3 bring the Google Android-powered HTC Magic smartphone to Australia.
The two carriers, which are in the midst of a significant merger, today began taking pre-registrations for the smartphone at Vodafone’s Web site.
HTC Magic, a follow-up to the HTC Dream model already available from Optus, will come in white and includes a 3.2″ touch screen, trackball and navigational buttons. The Android-based device incorporates a browser using the same Webkit rendering engine as the iPhone, as well as a number of Google applications, YouTube downloading, and integrated access to the Android Market application store.
Like the iPhone but unlike the Dream, the Magic does not feature a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This puts it directly in competition with the iPhone, Blackberry Storm, and similarly designed touch-screen smartphones. The unit also incorporates GPS, a 3.2MP camera, and digital compass – the last two of which are rumoured to be set for inclusion in the next-generation iPhone Apple is expected to launch at WWDC next month.