New preliminary information has surfaced regarding the launch of the HTC Hero 2, destined for Sprint and HTC Desire for AT&T.
According to the information available, AT&T will retain the Desire branding for the Android device, keeping inline with the international branding laid out by HTC, though the color and bodyshell finish will likely change to suit AT&T’s specifications while keeping the previously confirmed specifications of the international model.
Specifications for the HTC Desire consist of the Snapdragon platform with the processor clocked at 1 GHz, a 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display and Android 2.1 with HTC Sense along with 512 MB ROM and 576 MB of RAM, quadband GSM/EDGE and triband HSPA, Android 2.1 with the newest version of HTC’s Sense user interface, GPS transceiver, proximity and ambient light sensors, accelerometer and digital compass.
Going further, the device will include Bluetooth 2.1 with stereo audio support, Wi-Fi radio, 3.5mm stereo jack, microUSB connector and 5.0 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash.The HTC Desire on AT&T is scheduled for release within the May-June timeframe.
In related news, Google will be directly selling the AT&T 3G compatible version of the Nexus One via its online storefront, but AT&T will be selling the Desire alongside it within its sales channels.
Following up, Sprint will be releasing the HTC Legend as the HTC Hero 2. As with the previous version in the Hero, the Hero 2 will be modified by Sprint to keep it inline with its own specifications, meaning a change in bodystyle inline with Sprint’s past HTC models compared to the more radically styled international versions.
Hardware specifications are expected to remain largely unchanged from the aforementioned version, save for the switch from the GSM/W-CDMA radio to the CDMA radio and consist of a 3.2 inch HVGA resolution capacitive touch screen display and a 600 MHz CPU with the same version of Android and HTC Sense as the Desire.
The device will also ship with 512 MB of ROM and 384 MB of RAM, GPS transceiver, proximity and ambient light sensors, accelerometer and digital compass along with Bluetooth 2.1 with stereo audio support, Wi-Fi radio, 3.5mm stereo jack, microUSB connector and a 5.0 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash.
There is no release timeframe for the Sprint HTC Hero 2 at this time.