Quite a few carriers have claimed exclusivity for HTC’s second Android device – and it looks like all of them were right. Let’s quote Berthold Thoma:

The exclusivities for the HTC Magic go by color. For example, a major Austrian carrier who has claimed exclusivity indeed has it…but only for the white version.

He then went on to announce the device formally, considering it one of the “device highlights of 2009″:
0a HTC Magic to hit Hutchison (Austria)

The machine will become available for preordering in about 2 weeks, and will start to ship in the second half of June for 3 Euros on contract.
1a HTC Magic to hit Hutchison (Austria)

A working example of the device was passed around:
2a HTC Magic to hit Hutchison (Austria) 2b HTC Magic to hit Hutchison (Austria)

The branding on the back is very small and is said to be below the sticker (the BlackBerry Bold which was announced alongside was free of branding):
3a HTC Magic to hit Hutchison (Austria)

Here are two shots of it next to the XPERIA X1:
4a HTC Magic to hit Hutchison (Austria) 4b HTC Magic to hit Hutchison (Austria)

These two shots pitch it next to an N96:
5a HTC Magic to hit Hutchison (Austria) 5b HTC Magic to hit Hutchison (Austria)

Finally, two shots next to the Touch HD:
6a HTC Magic to hit Hutchison (Austria) 6b HTC Magic to hit Hutchison (Austria)

Being the non-Android head that I am, I went on the lookout for the keyboard…and found this:
7a HTC Magic to hit Hutchison (Austria)

According to a product manager, many Android heads were extremely unhappy about the keyboard and demanded a touch-only device with better build quality. As far as I could see, this was true…the device really felt extremely solid and well-built.

Related posts:

  1. Interview: Berthold Thoma, CEO, Hutchison Austria
  2. The magic BlackBerry – the review
  3. BrightHand mindshare stats – January 2010
  4. Hutchison Austria rolls out new unlimited data plan
  5. Hutchison Austria on Roaming

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