Vodafone unveils new Android in HTC Desire Z

Pricing of the HTC Desire Z comes right after Samsung Nexus S release

HTC Desire Z runs Android 2.2 Froyo

HTC Desire Z runs Android 2.2 Froyo

Another day, another Android arrives at Vodafone. The mobile carrier has announced pricing details of the HTC Desire Z, hot on the heels of the Samsung Nexus S release this week.

In a blog post Wednesday Vodafone announced the HTC Desire Z “the cousin to the hugely successful Desire HD” is now available exclusively.

Unlike most of HTC’s Android handsets, the Desire Z features a slide out QWERTY keyboard.

Other features include a 3.7-inch touch screen and 5.0 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording.

The Desire Z ships with Android 2.2 “Froyo” with HTC’s Sense user interface.

Earlier this month Vodafone announced it would bring the Desire Z to Australia as part of an exclusive agreement with HTC.

The Desire Z is available on 12 or 24 month contracts with plans starting from $29 per month and handset repayments from $15 per month.

A handset payment of $5 per month is available with the $49 cap plan or the Desire Z is free on all $69 plans and above.

With the Nexus S announcement this week, Vodafone now has 10 Android-based handsets in its range.

HTC will release an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update before mid-year for the Desire, Desire HD and Desire Z handsets.

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