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HTC Hero  (Source: Gizmodo)
HTC Hero won't hit the U.S. until later in 2009

HTC held a launch event in Europe today that saw the firm unveil the not-so-closely kept secret handset called the HTC Hero. The Hero is an Android-powered smartphone with a deeply customized user interface. The phone should give Android fans something to be excited about.

HTC is no stranger to Android-powered phones; it is the firm that built the T-Mobile G1 that has sold over a million units so far. The new HTC Hero has a 3.2-inch HVGA display and is optimized for the web. The screen has a special anti-fingerprint coating to prevent smudges and make the display last longer.

A 5-megapixel camera is built into the phone and the phones storage is expandable via microSD cards. A search function searches multiple sources to find people and information including Twitter, contact lists, emails and other areas of the phone.

Other handset features include AGPS, a digital compass, a gravity sensor, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone has 512MB of internal storage, 288MB of RAM, and uses a 528MHz Qualcomm processor. Power is from a 1350mAh battery and the handset already supports Flash.

One of the more interesting features of the phone is that it allows you to organize the phone and choose the content displayed on the home screen from sources like Twitter feeds, weather, and world-times. The phone also allows users to create screens that are optimized for specific uses and times like work or play.

The phone will be available in black or silver colors and has an angled lower section to make it more comfortable against the face and bring the mic closer to the lips. The Hero will debut first in Europe this July and will come to Asia later this summer and then to America later this year. There is no word on pricing at this time.

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3.5mm headphone jack!!!
By KingstonU on 6/24/2009 1:47:00 PM , Rating: 4
FINALLY HTC!!! Finally you get it that people have been asking for this!

I hope that is not a typo. Or I will be very upset.

RE: 3.5mm headphone jack!!!
By Murloc on 6/24/2009 1:53:20 PM , Rating: 3
yeah it's a good thing, no need for expensive propretar-port earbuds.

RE: 3.5mm headphone jack!!!
By Hare on 6/24/09, Rating: 0
RE: 3.5mm headphone jack!!!
By omnicronx on 6/24/2009 3:55:13 PM , Rating: 3
Do a little research next time as anyone with an HTC device, whether it be G1, Magic/mytouch, Diamond, Touch Pro, would know that it does not even come with a 2.5mm jack, you get an adapter that attaches via the miniUSB port which sports both miniUSB and a 2.5mm jack. you can buy one with a 3.5mm jack but it is still an EXTUSB adapter. So while you can buy a 2.5-3.5mm jack, for a stock user that would require the use of 2 addons. It is by far my biggest problem with HTC phones.

They also give you earphones that attach via mini usb without using the EXTUSB adapter, so yes, they do come with proprietary earbuds.

RE: 3.5mm headphone jack!!!
By Hare on 6/24/2009 4:32:23 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, I didn't know that. Thanks for your reply. That's beyound stupid...

RE: 3.5mm headphone jack!!!
By omnicronx on 6/24/2009 4:36:25 PM , Rating: 2
Ya its pretty ridiculous, it is essentially useless as an mp3 player unless you want to use the stock earbuds.

RE: 3.5mm headphone jack!!!
By FastangLX on 6/25/2009 3:40:21 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with you that the mini USB adapter is rediculous, hangs down from the phone and you really can't put it in your pocket or most holders. However, if you have a little extra coin you can pick up a nice bluetooth stereo headset. I use the Motorola HT820 and picked them up cheap on the web. Works great for MP3 listening and phone calls.

By Zaphod Beeblebrox on 6/26/2009 4:19:08 PM , Rating: 2
There goes my Hero.

RE: 3.5mm headphone jack!!!
By KingstonU on 6/24/2009 1:53:46 PM , Rating: 2
: (

Phonedog has info (above) that the hardware that will be released in the US (no mention of Canada) will be crippled and less well built in everyway, older tech, no-fingerprint resistant screen, no multi-touch, no HTC Sense version of Android. It also has a 3MP camera instead of 5MP and no 3.5mm jack. Why????? : (

RE: 3.5mm headphone jack!!!
By omnicronx on 6/24/2009 2:24:01 PM , Rating: 3
Is this really the same thing as the HTC Magic / Tmobile MyPhone though? My guess is that we will just see this phone at a later date as they also made this statement.
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.
Just the fact that the hero is multitouch should tell you it is not the same phone. Crippling the phone is usually when a carrier removes features, lowers speeds etc, having a completely different screen does not fall under that category. also the casing is completely different than the magic/mytouch . (not to mention the rumor of 18 Android phones being released this year alone).;jsessionid=BJH...

RE: 3.5mm headphone jack!!!
By jjunos on 6/24/2009 5:28:43 PM , Rating: 2
Just to clarify for multi-touch:

Multitouch is NOT a phone specific feature. It's something that google specifically TURNED OFF on the current platform. There are a ton of hacks to basically enable multitouch to the android platform, but unfortunately, all of them require you to root your phone right now.

It looks like Google finally listened to us and enabled it....hopefully there will be an update for all of us old gphone users

RE: 3.5mm headphone jack!!!
By StraightPipe on 6/24/2009 2:25:19 PM , Rating: 2

Everything you just said...


RE: 3.5mm headphone jack!!!
By jjunos on 6/24/2009 5:42:59 PM , Rating: 2
This is total FUD

The version that is getting released in the US is the HTC Magic phone, NOT the same phone. It's already been released in Canada (I actually have one) and if you compare it to the original G1, it's pretty comparable other than the slide out keyboard.

The US will simply get the Hero phone at a later day.

But will it be fast
By PAPutzback on 6/24/2009 2:10:56 PM , Rating: 2
I tried the Touch diamond for a few days before going to a palm pro. Neither are speedy but the Touch was ridiculously slow. Hopefully I can get 4-5 years out of my Palm and by then I think the phones will be up to an enjoyable pace.

RE: But will it be fast
By aebiv on 6/24/2009 2:23:49 PM , Rating: 2
Interesting, even without going to a custom ROM on my Diamond, or now my Touch Pro, I never felt that they were slow. Especially in comparison to anything else on the market.

RE: But will it be fast
By omnicronx on 6/24/2009 2:29:44 PM , Rating: 2
Ya I find that interesting too, as the Pre is not exactly fast at opening Apps. Newer HTC builds of WinMO actually earmark many commonly used programs into memory so that they open instantly (i.e faster than the Pre), those that are not open just as fast as on the Pre, which also happens to sport a beefier Cortex A8 processor.

By therealnickdanger on 6/24/2009 2:24:51 PM , Rating: 2
Funny, the OS might be Android, but the TouchFlo 3-D interface is identical to my Touch (I loaded the Touch Diamond ROM on my older Touch). What's really funny is that I have that SAME image of Samantha James's album "Rise" on my phone. She's so sexy...

Anyway, it will take an amazing piece of hardware to seperate my hand from my Touch., yeah, that doesn't sound good...

By omnicronx on 6/24/2009 2:50:31 PM , Rating: 2
No its not, if you look at the videos its fully customizable, you can have anything on the home screen and are no limited to a clock,calendar and appointments.

My diamond even has the newest version of TF3d (TF3d2 found on the TP2/DIAMOND2) and its nowhere close either.

The only thing that looks even close is the flip clock and a few of the contect menus within the ui, (bottom sliders)

By jconan on 6/24/2009 10:18:13 PM , Rating: 2
The ui looks good and they've also included some of manila2d features to it. But if a 3.5mm jack, 5mp cam, wifi, hsdpa, gps, and a2dp bluetooth is on it as she says, this looks like a good version compared to mytouch. I might end up getting it that is if T-Mo doesn't nick some features off of it like they did with diamonds and touch pros...

By AlvinCool on 6/24/2009 2:12:59 PM , Rating: 2
Anybody know if this phone supports Wi-Fi??

RE: Wi-Fi
By jjunos on 6/24/2009 5:38:48 PM , Rating: 2
Should, all the other gphone's have wifi

By omnicronx on 6/24/2009 2:33:56 PM , Rating: 2
If this turns out to be half as good as it looks, I know what my next phone is going to be. My only gripe is the HVGA screen, cmon HTC, if you can make an WVGA (800x480) for WinMo Phones, there is no reason why you can't do it with Android.

Hero Android Phone?
By marvdmartian on 6/24/2009 4:52:25 PM , Rating: 2
Is that anything like a Transformer?? And will we be able to attract foxy babes with it???

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