HTC’s Desire Z smartphone will be available exclusively on the Vodafone network following the Australian launch of the device, which is currently scheduled for mid March.
The device was unveiled globally last year and has been touted as a social networking-focused smartphone, with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that features a 'pop' hinge for fast access. It also has a 3.7-inch screen, a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and 720p video capture, Android OS 2.2, and 800MHz processor.
Pricing has not yet been announced for the device.
In related news, the Motorola DEFY with MOTOBLUR will be carried by the Optus network from 1 March, 2011 with pricing set at $0 upfront on a $49 24-month plan, following the launch of the device late last year.
The Android handset was launched exclusively on rival telco Telstra late last year for a three-month period, for $0 upfront on a $49 per month plan, including 1GB of data.
The device claims to be dust, scratch and splash resistant, with plastic covers over the phones input connectors (audio, micro USB, etc). The handset can withstand the elements better than other phones, but users still need to wary of damaging the phone if water gets into an uncovered hole, said one Motorola rep.
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