Following up on the reveal of the Sprint Hero two days ago, Sprint has officially announced the forthcoming launch of the device, even undercutting the post agreement price of the Palm Pre in the process.
The Sprint version of the Hero is functionally identical to the reference GSM version with the same 3.2-inch multitouch capacitive display, 5.0 megapixel camera with video recorder, microSDHC slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, HTML browser and the Sense UI frontend.
The rest of the featureset consists of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with stereo audio support, accelerometer and speakerphone.
Pricing is set at $179.99 after minimum $69.99 Everything Plan or higher selection, $50 instant rebate, $100 mail-in rebate and new 2 year agreement with availability set for October 11th online, through Telesales and retail via Best Buy.
Sprint has also opened an email registration page for more information on the device ahead of its release.