Our good friends over at XDA-Developers seem to always deliver on the good stuff. In days past, if you wanted to see the inside of your HTC phone, you would need to wait for a forum member to post his/her first hand experience. These days, they just find a way to get their hands on the official service manuals from HTC that show every nook and cranny in perfect detail. If you’re a little curious and want to know how to take apart a phone that might not even own yet, head on over to XDA-Developers for the download link.
When we firs heard about the HTC Dream a few weeks back, we got the typical "coming sometime this quarter" nonsense. Now, the word is that the second Android powered handset will be launching in less than 24 hours. Orange will be offering the HTC dream to its French customers for 99 EUR (US$125) for those willing to sign up for their unlimited data package. The HTC Dream features all the same hardware as the T-Mobile G1, minus the QWERTY keyboard. It will ship with Android 1.5 that includes Cupcake that enables video recording, stereo Bluetooth, and slaps on a full touchscreen enabled QWERTY keyboard. HTC has a timed exclusivity deal with Orange who will be releasing the Dream to the majority of their European markets within the next few months.
T-Mobile has not been very forthcoming with the sales figures of the HTC make T-Mobile G1. We know that the G1 sales are not as strong as those of the iPhone, but T-mobile has just released some revenue figures for Q4 of last year which show the G1 in positive lights. T-mobile is reporting that data revenue increased to $905 million, up 31% for the quarter over the previous year. Data services now account for 18.5% of revenue per user. Our friends at T-Mobile are giving most of the credit to the G1 and the Samsung Behold for the steep spike in data revenue.
Our good friends over at Engadget have spotted the new Android powered HTC Magic on the FCC’s website. There was a little excitement the other day when Google flashed a T-Mobile branded Magic during a tech demo, but this doesn’t seem to fit the mold. T-Mobile’s 1700MHz AWS radio frequency is missing for now, but that does no mean we will not see the HTC Magic in the U.S. any time soon. The current G1 sports a few different variations for the European and U.S. markets, so why shound’t the Magic? HTC’s confidentiality request to the FCC is keeping any images of the HTC Magic under wraps until March 16, but I’m sure everyone here has already seen images of the Magic already.
We’ve all seen the Vodafone HTC Magic, but what we weren’t expecting to see this week was the HTC T-Mobile G2. During a presentation this week at the GSMA Mobile World Congress, Google did a little demo to show off their new offline Gmail app on the iPhone and Android. The presented showed the HTC Magic for no one than a few seconds. Ok, nothing new here. We all know Vodafone will be launching it soon in Europe. But as you can see from the shot, the HTC Magic is sporting the T-mobile logo. Since we’re all T-Mobile experts over here, you will notice that the T-Mobile logo only has one dot in front of the "T". So what does that mean to you? Simple, T-Mobile over in Europe sports three small dots in front of the "T" which would make this the T-mobile G2 for the U.S. market. You can check out the video for yourself on YouTube and if you don’t believe us about the logo thing, check out the image of the UK T-Mobile G1 after the jump.
Ok, so day one of the GMSA Mobile World Congress went to windows Mobile. HTC launched the Diamond2 and the Pro2, but now it’s Android’s turn to take the stage. We present the HTC Magic. Vodafone just nabbed up a timed exclusivity deal with HTC and will be introducing the HTC Magic on their networks in the UK, Spain, Germany, France and Italy over the next few months (starting in April). Pricing is expected to range from 99 to 199 Euro with a new contract. Just like the T-mobile G1, the HTC Magic will feature a large 3.2 inch HVGA display HDSPA, GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera, and a trackball. Engadget seemed to be a bit surprised, but we’ve come to expect that HTC phones will be shipping with their proprietary headphone connection (that does not mean we have to like it). The biggest difference between the HTC Magic and the G1 is the lack of a dedicated QWERTY keyboard. The HTC Magic will be the first Android phone to ship with Android’s Cupcake touchscreen keyboard. It will also be sporting Bluetooth wireless stereo headset support (A2DP) and video capture.
We’ve got a lot more pictures after the break with a full breakdown of the HTC Magic’s specs.
Thanks to a Tweet from Androidguys, we present to you the Telefonica HTC Dream. Telefonica is keeping with HTC tradition by offering the HTC Dream in Spain under its original code name, while also giving the handset a bit of a facelift (or from what we can tell, mostly a chin lift). We’ve seen this done time and time again with the HTC Diamond, Touch, and Touch Pro. But this is the first facelift for the HTC Dream. From the pictures, it appears the only changes will be to the front buttons of the phone which appear to bevel out just slightly in a uniform row as opposed to the separated round buttons on the T-mobile G1. The menu button has also been rounded out a little and moved down a millimeter or two from the screen. These minor design changes are a welcome change over the more industrial look of the original G1 launch. We’re kinda perplexed though. Why didn’t HTC release the T-mobile G1 with this look?
EngadgetMobile is reporting that the Telefonica HTC Dream will be the first Android phone released in Spain at a price ranging from €0 and €199 depending on your calling plan. The launch date has not been released. Hit the "read more" link for another shot of the new HTC Dream.