HTC Corp. will make the Android-based Hero smart phone available for sale by service providers Orange and T-Mobile of Europe in July.
The phone is HTC`s third-generation smart phone running on Google Android OS and the firm`s first phone bundled with HTC Sense interface.
"HTC Hero introduces a more natural way for reaching out to the people and accessing your important information, not by following the status quo of todays phones, but by following how you communicate and live your life," said Peter Chou, Chief Executive Officer, HTC Corporation. "HTC Sense is a distinct experience created to make HTC phones more simple for people to use, leaving them saying, it just makes sense."
The HTC Hero is built to last beginning with an anti-fingerprint screen coating for improved smudge resistance and a longer lasting, clearer display. The white HTC Hero includes an industry-first, Teflon coating, resulting in an improved, durable white surface that is soft to the touch.
With its 3.2-inch HVGA display, the HTC Hero is optimized for Web, multimedia and other content while maintaining a small size and weight. It also boasts a broad variety of hardware features including a GPS, digital compass, gravity-sensor, 3.5mm stereo headset jack, a 5 mega-pixel autofocus camera and expandable MicroSD memory. HTC Hero also includes a dedicated Search button that goes beyond basic search, enabling searches through Twitter, locate people in user's contact list, find emails in the inbox or search in any other area in Hero. The new phone also supports the Adobe Flash Platform technology.
Debuting on the HTC Hero and available on all new HTC devices moving forward, Sense delivers on three basic principles: Make it Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected.
"Make It Mine, is about feeling your HTC phone was created for and by you," HTC said. To do this, HTC encourages users to dictate and organize how they want to access the people and content in their life in a way that fits best for them. For some, this means adding glance view widgets that push content like twitter feeds, weather and other content to the surface while others may want quick access to business-focused information like email, calendar and world-times. HTC is also introducing a new profile feature called scenes that enables users to create different customized content profiles around specific functions or times in your life.
with their Flickr photos are included along side their text messages, emails and call history in a single view.
HTC Sense is focused on providing a variety something as basic as turning the phone over to silence a ring or as simple as improving the smart dialler for making calls quicker. HTC Sense also includes perspectives, a new way for viewing content such as email, photos, Twitter, music and more in different ways.
The HTC Hero will be available to people across Europe in July and in Asia later in the summer. A distinct North American version will be available later in 2009.