HTC unveils Android Hero. Features, Design, Specifications, Video

HTC is back with yet another Android phone, continuing its Google Android domination with the new HTC Hero.

The HTC Hero, the third Android device from HTC, is the first device built on HTC Sense, the device-maker’s new customizable user interface.

“HTC Sense is focused on putting people at the center, by making your phone work in a more simple and natural way. This experience revolves around three fundamental principles that were designed by quietly observing and listening to how people live and communicate,” the company said in a statement. Essentially, HTC Sense makes phones simpler to use, HTC said.

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The Build & Design

The smartphone features beveled edges and an angled bottom and is contoured to fit comfortably in user’s hands and against their faces while they’re on a call. This would comfort of a flip phone without having the flip in actual.

The Hero uses an anti-fingerprint screen coating for smudge resistance and a longer-lasting, clearer display. The white HTC Hero includes a Teflon coating for a durable surface that’s soft to the touch.

The HTC Hero also integrates a dedicated search button that goes beyond basic search, offering users a contextual search experience that searches Twitter, locates contacts, finds e-mails and searches any other area on the smartphone.

Features Outline:

It features a 3.2-inch HVGA touch-screen display. The smartphone is optimized for Web, multimedia and other content and also includes aGPS, a digital compass, a gravity-sensor, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a 5-megapixel autofocus camera and expandable microSD memory.

“HTC Hero introduces a more natural way for reaching out to people and accessing your important information, not by following the status quo of today’s phones, but by following how you communicate and live your life,” Peter Chou, HTC’s CEO, said in the statement. “HTC Sense is a distinct experience created to make HTC phones more simple for people to use, leaving them saying ‘it just makes sense.'” HTC Sense, which will be available on all new HTC devices moving forward, is based on three key principals: “Make It Mine,” “Stay Close” and “Discover the Unexpected,” the company said.

HTC said Make It Mine encourages users to dictate and organize how they access people and content. Make it mine is nothing but a customizations that users can go for. That means users can add glance-view widgets that push content like Twitter feeds, weather and other information to the surface, or users can have quick access to business information like e-mail, calendar and world times. HTC is also releasing a new profile feature called “Scenes” that lets users create different customized content profiles around specific functions or times.

HTC Sense’s Stay Close feature integrates calls, e-mails, texts, photos, status updates and more into a single view to let users keep up to speed with certain contacts. HTC Sense also includes friends’ Facebook status updates and photos and Flickr photos alongside text messages, e-mails and call history in a single view.

And the Discover the Unexpected principle enables HTC Hero and HTC Sense users to customize the phone further, by adding features like the ability to turn the phone over to silence a ring or improve the smart dial to make faster calls. HTC Sense also adds “Perspectives,” a new way to view content like e-mail, photos, Twitter, music and other types in new ways.

According to HTC, the HTC Hero with HTC Sense will be available across Europe in July and in Asia later in the summer. HTC will also release a distinct North American version of the Hero later in 2009. Pricing information was not available.

Specifications:

ProcessorQualcomm® MSM7200A™, 528 MHz
Operating SystemAndroid™
MemoryROM: 512 MB
RAM: 288 MB
Dimensions (LxWxT)112 x 56.2 x 14.35 mm ( 4.41 x 2.21 x 0.57 inches)
Weight135 grams ( 4.76 ounces) with battery
Display3.2-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 320×480 HVGA resolution
NetworkHSPA/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

(Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)

Device ControlTrackball with Enter button
GPSInternal GPS antenna
ConnectivityBluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one)
3.5 mm audio jack
Camera5.0 megapixel color camera with auto focus
Audio supported formatsMP3, AAC(AAC, AAC+, AAC-LC), AMR-NB, WAV, MIDI and Windows Media® Audio 9
Video supported formatsMPEG-4, H.263, H.264 and Windows Media® Video 9
BatteryRechargeable 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
Expansion SlotmicroSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
AC AdapterVoltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5V and 1A
Special FeaturesG-sensor
Digital Compass


The Hero comes as HTC continues to lead the Google Android charge, planning to release as many as 18 Android-based smartphones this year. On the market so far are the HTC-built T-Mobile G1 and the HTC Magic. T-Mobile this week also unveiled plans to release another HTC-built Android smartphone, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, later this summer.

Source : HTC.com, CRN

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