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HTC Hero Announced – Lives Up To Hype

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HTC announced their latest Android powered handset the “Hero”, now don’t expect it to perform miracles or save lives on demand, but do expect to be wowed and intrigued and maybe a little lustful. Like the HTC Magic it’s a fully touch screen handset without a physical keyboard running on Android, but this is where most of the comparisons stop. The design is more reminiscent of it’s older brother the T-Mobile G1, and in keeping with the branding T-Mobile is aptly calling this the G1 Touch, whilst Orange will be calling it the Hero (probably).

HTC Hero

The handset is very slim, has an angled bottom and bevelled edges and includes a Teflon coated screen to stop fingerprints sticking to it, as the main input method will be touch this is a very good addition. The screen itself is a 3.2 inch HVGA (320×480) display which also supports multi-touch. Also included is a 3.5mm proper stereo headset audio jack and a bumped up auto focus 5 Mega Pixel camera (but still no flash) and MicroSDHC support of 16GB expandable memory. HSPA is also included which will support 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds.

The main feature is the actual OS tweaks made by HTC, which includes their
TouchFlo UI
TouchSENSE which is an updated version of their TouchFlo UI which they have included in various Windows Mobile handsets which looks stunning and intuitive (see the video below) and also a trackball for those familiar with the G1 and Blackberry handsets. Other features such as G-sensor, Digital Compass, GPS and 1350mAh battery is included and oh, it comes with 512MB ROM and 288MB of RAM and a 528 MHz processor. Happy? No? It also supports Flash now for a fully rich internet browsing experience.

Full Specifications:

  • Processor: Qualcomm® MSM7200A™, 528 MHz
  • Platform: Android™
  • ROM: 512 MB
  • RAM: 288 MB
  • Dimensions (LxWxT) 112 x 56.2 x 14.35 mm
  • Weight 135 grams ( 4.76 ounces) with battery
  • Display 3.2-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 320×480 HVGA resolution
  • Network HSPA/WCDMA: – 900/2100 MHz – Up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: – 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Trackball with Enter button
  • Internal GPS antenna
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for wireless
  • Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Camera 5.0 megapixel color camera with auto focus
  • Audio Supported Formats MP3, AAC(AAC, AAC+, AAC-LC), AMR-NB, WAV, MIDI and Windows Media® Audio 9
  • Video Supported Formats MPEG-4, H.263, H.264 and Windows Media® Video 9
  • Battery Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
  • Capacity: 1350 mAh
  • Talk time:- Up to 420 minutes for WCDMA – Up to 470 minutes for GSM
  • Standby time:- Up to 750 hours for WCDMA – Up to 440 hours for GSM
  • MicroSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
  • Special Features G-sensor
  • Digital Compass.


The HTC Hero will be available to people across Europe in July and in Asia later in the summer. A distinct North American version will be available later in 2009.

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