We went for the show, secretly hoping that we will finally get a chance to see the much-anticipated successor of the legendary G1, which has been the first phone to incorporate Google’s open-source operating system, Android. And indeed, a little surprise had been waiting for us at the Mobile World Congress, but, sadly, it wasn’t the G2. However, passing by HTC’s booth, we spotted a device, incorporating a pretty familiar design – thoroughly white. We can even describe it as… snow white? That’s it! HTC has indeed come to introduce the successor of the G1. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet the HTC Magic…
What you see on the pictures is a prototype device that was available at the MWC event. The Magic is HTC’s second phone to run Google’s Android OS, but it also comes with a number of improvements over the original handset. We can’t help but notice the great changes that have been made to the design. It is now a lot thinner, which is due to the lack of a hardware QWERTY keyboard. One very significant improvement has been made to the body and it refers to its build quality, which is now much higher. When in one’s hand, the device doesn’t feel cheap at all, which used to be a feature of the G1. As you may have noticed, we have avoided shooting the hardware buttons on the front side, since HTC representatives told us that changes in the design of these elements are still to be made. The screen size, however, will stay the same – 3.2 inches with resolution of 320×480 pixels.
Some of you may remember that one of the main drawbacks of G1’s camera was the total lack of video capturing, which is somewhat strange for such a device. This issue has been fixed, and now the Magic is proud to utilize a 3.2-megapixel camera plus video capturing capabilities. Well, the hardware side-sliding keyboard may have not made it outside the drawing board (if it has been a subject of discussion at all), but this will surely be well compensated by the newly added on-screen QWERTY keyboard (such has not yet been developed for the G1). In addition, users will now get features like MMS attachments and A2DP profile for Bluetooth.
When it comes to availability, the HTC Magic will be a quad-band GSM and a dual-band 3G device, which will be offered by Vodafone in Europe. Both companies, however, would still not reveal any information about when and for how much it will be distributed.