Sure Vodafone offers plenty of third-party Android handsets, such as the HTC Legend, but the company is bracing itself for the launch of its first ever mobile phone to be sold under its own brand moniker while being controlled with the Android operating system - and not any old Android OS, either, but the very latest version, 2.1.
According to the Ubergizmo website, the new phone will be known as the Vodafone 845 and will be priced at a reasonable €150. Included features for the new design will include a 2.8in touchscreen with a QVGA resolution, HSDPA for fast data transfers, Wi-Fi for the wireless connection of the phone to the Internet, GPS for location finding plus a built in camera of a reasonable specification of 3.2-megapixels. Accompanying the 512MB of internal memory will be a 1200 mAh battery. Software will, of course, be supplied via Vodafone – the phone will arrive with the 360 services.
Expect a final May release.
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