HTC has officially announced its newest flagship Android device in the Hero during a press event in London this morning.
The Hero features a Qualcomm MSM7200A chipset running Android 1.5 at 528MHz with 512MB ROM/288MB RAM, 3.2-inch capacitive LCD touch display at 320 x 480 resolution, 900/2100MHz HSPA, quadband GSM, trackball, GPS, WiFi radio, 3.5mm headphone jack, accelerometer, compass, Bluetooth with stereo audio support, 5.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with video recorder, microSDHC expansion slot, and speakerphone.
In a first for HTC devices, the Hero features a dedicated search button that searches the phone as well as social media sites for relevant contact information with near-real time sync similar to the Palm Pre. The White version of the Hero will also feature a first of its kind Teflon coating to address a longstanding issue with glossy devices being more prone to attracting fingerprints and grime.
The Hero is also notable for featuring a browser capable of rendering desktop-class Flash pages, and a new profile system it calls Scenes which manages information based on context in a similar manner to Nokia’s E-Series Work/Life toggle where profiles are maintained based on information type and activity until needed without information blending.
The HTC Hero will launch first in Europe next month, Asia later this Summer and North America in the fourth quarter of this year with no pricing details immediately available at this time.
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