HTC Magic

HTC Magic
NTT docomo HT-03A
T-Mobile myTouch 3G
The NTT docomo HT-03A version of the HTC Magic shown in white displaying the Android 1.6 home screen.
NTT docomo HT-03A
Brand HTC
NTT docomo
Manufacturer HTC Corporation
Series A Series
Carriers Various worldwide
Compatible networks GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850 900 1800 1900 MHz
WCDMA/UMTS 900 1700 2100 MHz
HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s
HSUPA 2 Mbit/s
Availability by country Spain April 27, 2009 (2009-04-27)
Taiwan May 2009 (2009-05)
Canada June 2, 2009 (2009-06-02) (Rogers Wireless)
Hong Kong, Netherlands, Singapore June 2009 (2009-06)
United States July 29, 2009 (2009-07-29) (T-Mobile USA)
Chile January 28, 2010 (2010-01-28)
Successor HTC Hero
HTC Espresso(T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide)
Type Smartphone
Form factor Slate
Dimensions 113 mm (4.4 in) H
55.56 mm (2.187 in) W
13.65 mm (0.537 in) D
Weight 116 g (4.1 oz)
Operating system Android 1.6 Donut
Upgradeable officially to 2.2.1 Froyo, unofficially to 2.3.3 Gingerbread[1]
CPU PVT32A 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7200A ARM11
PVT32B 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7201A ARM11
Memory 512 MB ROM
Storage PVT32A 288 MB RAM
Battery 1340 mAh, 3.7 V
Internal Rechargeable Li-ion
User replaceable
Data inputs Multi-touch capacitive touchscreen
3-axis accelerometer
Push buttons
Display 320 x 480 px, 3.2 in (81 mm), HVGA, 65,536 color LCD at 180 pixels per inch (ppi)
Connectivity Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
SAR Head 1.55 W/kg
Body 1.43 W/kg
Hearing aid compatibility M4
References [2][3]

The HTC Magic (marketed as the T-Mobile myTouch 3G in the United States and the NTT docomo HT-03A in Japan) is a smartphone designed and manufactured by HTC Corporation. It is the second HTC device to run the Android software stack, after the HTC Dream. Vodafone unveiled the Magic on February 17, 2009 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.[4] The Magic went on sale in Spain on April 27, 2009,[5] in the UK and Taiwan in May 2009,[6] and in Singapore, Hong Kong and The Netherlands in June 2009.[7] It will become more widely available to customers Germany (Vodafone), France (SFR), Philippines (SMART Communications), India (Airtel) and non-exclusively in Italy and Sweden, with more countries to follow.[8]

The device was released in Canada by Rogers Wireless on 2 June 2009.[9][10]

Preorders for the smartphone in the United States through T-Mobile USA began on 8 July 2009.[11] T-Mobile officially released on 5 August 2009.[12] In Russia, there was information that it will be available[13] via Russian HTC official online store for about 770 USD,[14] but soon HTC announced that it decided to sell another Android-powered device instead of HTC Magic.[15]

Vodafone has exclusive rights to sell the HTC Magic in some of the markets they service.


Software Stack

The HTC Magic runs the Android operating system and comes pre-installed with a WebKit based browser. Other pre-installed software enable access to various Google services, including Gmail, Google search, Google Maps, Google Talk and YouTube.[8]

Like the HTC Dream, the Android Market application, which allows users to download new software applications from third-party developers, as well as providing publicly viewable ratings and comments, is also included with the device.[16] Indian versions of HTC Magic do not have Google apps and Android Market access.[17][18]

There also are several non-official versions of Android released for the Magic, such as the CyanogenMod firmware, which offers enhanced performance and additional features.[19]

Software Upgrades

Most carriers have upgraded this phone to Android OS 2.2 Froyo, including T-Mobile and Vodafone.

One exception is Rogers in Canada which has not upgraded the phone past Android 2.1. Another is Proximus in Belgium and Htc in Taiwan, which has released no updates to the Android 1.5 firmware.


  • Two different hardware platforms exist for this phone; they need different boot images and wireless LAN kernel modules:
    • The PVT32A, with a Qualcomm MSM7200A ARM11 processor, and 288MB RAM.
    • The PVT32B, with a Qualcomm MSM7201A ARM11 processor, and 192MB RAM.

The only models that use the 32B platform are the original T-Mobile myTouch 3G (v1.2 of this phone, released in Feb 2010, switched to the 32A), the Vodafone Magic in some countries, the Google Ion developer phone, and the NTT DoCoMo HT-03A.

  • Three different 3G radio configurations exist for this phone (listed in the order in which they were released):
    • The T-Mobile and Google models support AWS (band IV) and IMT (band I), so they are compatible with the 3G networks of T-Mobile and WIND Canada, and some carriers in Europe and Asia.
    • The 'world' version of this phone supports IMT (band I) and GSM (band VIII), so it is compatible with 3G networks in Europe, Asia, and Brazil.
    • The Rogers Canada version of this phone support PCS (band II) and CLR (band V) so it is compatible with the 3G networks of AT&T in the U.S., and with Rogers, Fido(Rogers), Bell, and Telus in Canada.

(All of these support the same four standard 2G GSM frequencies, so they can be used without 3G on most GSM networks anywhere in the world.)

  • The PVT32B HTC Magic lacks a headphone jack. Headphones need a special adapter, bundled with T-Mobile myTouch 3G.
  • Some PVT32A models (such as the Fender T-Mobile myTouch 3G and the T-Mobile myTouch 3G 1.2 in the US) added a built-in headphone jack on top of the phone.
  • This phone has a hearing aid compatibility rating of M4.[2]
  • At 1.55 W/kg, the HTC Magic emits one of the highest levels of cell phone radiation specific absorption rate among commercially available mobile phones.[20]
  • Display: 3.2 inch (8.1 cm) thin-film transistor (TFT) LCD flat glass touch-sensitive HVGA screen with 480 X 320 pixel resolution. The capacitive touchscreen makes it impossible to use a standard stylus. Users can interact to display or move content with a finger touch, tapping or touch-drag motion. The touchscreen hardware is capable of multitouch gestures,[21] but official releases of Android (v1.0 to v1.6) available for the Magic have this functionality disabled at the kernel level. Users can patch the supplied version of Android, download a hacked version or update to Android 2.0 or later to make use of the multi-touch screen.
  • CPU: The MSM7200A (PVT32A) or MSM7201A (PVT32B) is an ARM-based, dual-core CPU/GPU from Qualcomm and contains many built-in features, including 3G and a GPU capable of up to 4 million triangles/sec. It has hardware acceleration for Java,[22] but this does not accelerate execution of Android applications, as they are targeted to the Dalvik virtual machine, not the Java Virtual Machine.
  • Keyboard The HTC Magic does not have a physical keyboard. Text input is done through an on-screen keyboard. The keyboard can be set to provide haptic and sound feedback when keys are pressed. The HTC Magic has a built in accelerometer which rotates the keyboard between portrait and landscape view automatically based on the orientation of the phone. The HTC Magic also has a number of physical back-lit buttons:
    • Send (green): Launches the dialer to call a number, or accepts an incoming call, or hold to launch the voice dialer.
    • Home: Returns to the android home screen, or hold to open up a list of recently used applications.
    • Menu: Opens up the menu of the active application, or hold to open up the keyboard.
    • Back: Exits out of the keyboard, or returns to the prior application, or prior page in the web browser.
    • Search: Launches a search function in the active application, or hold to launch voice search.
    • End (red): Ends a call if there is a call currently active, or puts the phone into sleep mode, or hold to power off the phone.
    • Trackball: Backlit Trackball navigates between menus or scroll through a line of text, press down to select the highlighted item.
    • The HTC Magic also has an LED indicator which flashes for missed calls, text messages, or lights up orange when charging, or green when charging is 90% or higher. There is also a Volume Rocker on the left side of the phone. There is no physical dedicated camera button.
  • Camera: The HTC Magic has a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus functionality.
  • Video: The HTC Magic can play H.264, streaming, 3GPP, MPEG4, and 3GP files.[23] There is no light ("flash") for the camera in low light conditions. Video recording and uploading to YouTube is available as of Android 1.5, recording resolution 352x288 H.263 3GP, mono sound @ 8 kHz.
  • Storage: The HTC Magic has a microSD card slot. It has been confirmed to work with capacities up to 16GB, and may work with larger cards. When the USB cable is connected to a computer, this computer can access the card without removing it from the HTC Magic. The phone can access media files arranged in folders, but the folders must be created from a third-party file management application or from a computer.
  • Battery: The HTC Magic has a user-replaceable, 3.7V, 1340mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery, which is advertised to offer up to 600 hours of standby power.
  • Location: The HTC Magic has a built in GPS receiver for location functionality including free turn-by-turn GPS (Google Maps Navigation, originally only in the United States, now also available in the United Kingdom). It can also use cell towers and wifi hotspots to help determine its location. The HTC Magic has a built in digital Compass to help determine its orientation.
  • Case: Three different colors are available for the myTouch 3G: Black (Gray Trim), Merlot (Black Trim), and White (Silver Trim). The Google Ion version of the HTC Magic is black with a dark blue trim and silver buttons. The Vodafone HTC Magic is white with a silver trim.
  • Connectivity: The HTC Magic supports WiFi, 3G UMTS and HSPA, EDGE, and GPRS networks. The myTouch 3G supports AT&T's network but only on 2G/EDGE.

Location information

The HTC Magic offers two different sources of location information for applications such as Google Maps: a GPS receiver built-in to the chipset, and radio-tower location based on a database of mobile phone tower locations. In addition, the Magic includes a digital compass; it allows one to turn the phone showing the local map to orient it correctly (the map is not turned on the screen, North is always up).

Retail packaging

T-Mobile USA

The T-Mobile myTouch 3G comes bundled with a pair of headphones, a extUSB headphone adapter (which also serves as an in-line microphone), wall charger, USB Cable, Cloth Pouch, Screen Protector, and documentation, all inside a unique carrying case that also serves as the retail box. The Phone itself also has a 4GB SanDisk Class 2 microSD Card (SDHC) inside. The T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender LE comes with all that except that the microSD card that is included is a 16GB SanDisk Class 2 SDHC.


The Vodafone HTC Magic comes bundled with a pair of headphones, wall charger, USB cable and documentation. The phone comes with a 2GB microSD card. The Vodafone Germany/New Zealand/Australia HTC Magic comes bundled with a pair of headphones, wall charger, USB cable, leatherette pouch and documentation. The phone comes with a 8GB microSD card.


The Rogers HTC Magic comes bundled with a pair of headphones, wall charger, USB cable, leather pouch, and documentation. The phone also includes a 2GB microSD card. Unlike the T-Mobile model, it does not come with an extUSB headphone adapter.

Successors marketed by T-Mobile USA

T-Mobile USA released the myTouch 3G Slide June 2, 2010 in the United States. The myTouch 3G Slide runs Android 2.2 Froyo and has a 3.4 inch touch screen and a 5 megapixel auto focus camera with LED flash.

T-Mobile USA released the myTouch 4G November 3, 2010 in the United States. The myTouch 4G runs Android 2.2 Froyo. The myTouch4G features a 3.8 inch touch screen, a 5 megapixel auto-focus rear camera with LED flash, a front-facing VGA camera for video chat and can be used as a Wi-Fi Hotspot for up to 4 devices. The myTouch 4G supports T-Mobile's 4G HSPA+ network.

See also


HTC Android Series Mobiles released in 2009[24]

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  13. ^ HTC Magic будет продаваться в России, уже доступны предварительные заказы (in Russian)
  14. ^ HTC official Russian online store (in Russian)
  15. ^ HTC Magic не приедет (in Russian)
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  18. ^ HTC Magic (Indian version) - expectations and facts
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