Vodafone wins Desire Z exclusivity


Taiwanese consumer electronics giant HTC today revealed it would grant Vodafone Hutchinson Australia the exclusive right to sell its HTC Desire Z smartphone from launch.

Unveiled last year, the HTC smartphone features a 800MHz Qualcomm 7230 processor, 1.5GB of on-board storage and 512MB of RAM. With regard with connection speeds, it features up to 14.4Mbps download speed and 5.76Mbps upload speed on 3G networks.

The phone is operated by Android 2.2 with HTC’s customised Sense user interface. It weighs 180 grams with a battery and has a wide 3.7 inch touchscreen, with pinch-to-zoom capability and a resolution of 480×800 WVGA. It also sports a “pop hinge” that slides out a QWERTY keyboard to make typing easier.

HTC said in a statement the new smartphone was perfect for browsing the web, using social media and checking the email. In fact, one of the Desire Z’s features is an application which enables users to check all their mail accounts from a single unified inbox. “The HTC Desire Z is made for multitasking. Access your work email, contacts and calendars with Microsoft Exchange compatibility and view Microsoft Office docs on the go,” HTC said in a statement.

From a multimedia perspective the Desire Z has a 5 megapixel color camera with auto focus and flash. It can record videos at 720p HD and is equipped with face detection capability. It also comes with a series of HTC widgets to enhance multitasking. It features bookmarks, calculator, calendar, clock, FM radio, music, news, weather and more. Videos and pictures can be transferred from the smartphone to the TV via the DLNA standard.

From a security point of view, HTC would track the Desire Z in case it got lost through access on HTCSense.com, which could also divert all calls to another number if the device is not available. Finally if personal data has been lost or stolen, HTCsense.com can lock it and wipe it remotely. Precise dates and prices for the release are yet to be unveiled; however HTC said the Desire Z was scheduled for mid-March and that pricing would be announced soon.

The deal – which VHA stroke with HTC – echoes Telstra’s exclusive rights on the HTC Desire S, which the telco acquired at the last Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona last month. At that time, Telstra had announced it would have made the HTC S Desire available from mid-year.

Image credit: HTC


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