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Vodafone heats up smartphone market with three new Android handsets
Posted on 24-Jun-2010 09:29. | Tags Filed under: News.

Vodafone is introducing three new Android-powered devices to New Zealand customers. These handsets join the company's Android line up, which includes the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10i.

The devices come in a range of prices and performance levels, to cover an entire smartphone segment. The top of the new handsets is the HTC Desire, with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 3.7” AMOLED full touch screen.

The HTC Desire is one of the leading lights of the Android world and includes HTC’s native platform “Friendstream” which collates all your social media updates from Twitter, Flickr and Facebook. Its first release will come with Android OS 2.1.

Vodafone will sell the HTC Desire for NZ$999.

Complementing the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10i is the X10i Mini PRO which offers a full touch screen plus slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. This handset will retail from NZ$599 and will come with Android OS 1.6.

Rounding out the Android collection will be the LG Optimus (GT540), with its 3” full touch screen display, 3MP camera with auto face tagging technology and advanced multimedia supporting DivX & Xvid. The LG Optimus will be selling for NZ$399. The LG Optimus will have the Android OS 1.6.

These three new devices will be available from July. Vodafone On Account customers On Account may have subsidy depending on the plan the customer chooses.

Vodafone’s Director of Sales, Grant Hopkins, says Vodafone is leading the smartphone revolution in New Zealand.

“We already offer some of the world’s best-known brands in the smartphone space and now with this full range of Androids at different price points, we have the country’s most complete range of smartphones.

“Smartphones are the fastest growing segment in the handset world, yet the devices themselves have always been at the top end of our price range. With Google’s Android operating system available right across the range we now have a smartphone to suit every pocket.”

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