HTC’s Hero: Android Based Phone Now Official
By on June 24th, 2009

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HTC today announced its latest Phone, HTC Hero. Its an Android based phone with almost similar specifications as that of HTC magic. What it differs with HTC Magic is, it comes with 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus, 3.5mm headphone jack, improved battery life and Adobe Flash support. What excites me is the HTC Hero’s new GUI overlay.

Much like Nokia N97 it allows users to keep content for daily use at fingertips on desktop- such as weather, contacts, photos, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and bookmarks. HTC here seems to copy much from Nokia it seems, cause another feature a pure lift from Nokia’s Eseries- Switch is packed with a new name Work to weekend. So remove all email clients from your desktop on weekend.

HTC Hero also has a dedicated search. Like in MAC, cmd+spacebar and find anything from your contacts to file to whom you are chatting at the moment. This features looks cool & is much needed.

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Specifications:

Processor: Qualcomm MSM7200A – 528 MHz
Operating System: Android
Memory ROM: 512 MB
RAM: 288 MB
Dimensions (LxWxT): 112 x 56.2 x 14.35 mm ( 4.41 x 2.21 x 0.57 inches)
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
(Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)
Device Control: Trackball with Enter button
GPS: Internal GPS antenna
Connectivity: Bluetooth 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
Camera: 5.0 megapixel color camera with auto focus
Expansion Slot microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
Special Features: G-sensor, Digital Compass
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

HTC Hero will be available next month in European market and later summer in Asian market.

Check out this video to see how cool the GUI is.

Author: Apurva Chaudhary Google Profile for Apurva Chaudhary
Apurva is a tech enthusiast, works at ClassMatrix , cycles on her Firefox Cyclone, and runs a newsletter at Techknots . Follow her on Twitter

Apurva Chaudhary has written and can be contacted at apurva@techie-buzz.com.

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