The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC (also known with own brands of the network operators Vodafone VDA, T-Mobile MDA, o2 XDA) and Nokia the second largest mobile phone manufacturer worldwide yesterday in London to a press conference. The focus was on the new version of the third Android smartphone from HTC within a year-after the Google G1, the HTC Magic is now the HTC Hero the Android smartphone that has gotten pushed by HTC its specific stamp. HTC is known for not letting Windows Mobile devices look like Windows Mobile devices, but is easier and easier to use, even with a finger. This concept-called Touchflo-has now also HTC over the meanwhile quite a good surface of the Android operating system overstretched and HTC calls this further development Sense.
Sense uses the capacitive touch screen on gestures, multitouch and fingering. Even the familiar two fingers can be used to enlarge and reduce images and web pages, it seems to be a very intuitive control. Also HTC has gone the way of Palms Pre and connects the data of the contacts with services like Twitter, Facebook and Co, but also e-mails, SMS, IMs and pictures are assigned to the contact and are directly accessible. Sense itself is not Android specific, Sense itself should be pre-installed on future HTC Windows Mobile Devices. Whether you can synonymous to switch to the familiar Android interface is not known, but it seems that HTC is not alone on Google as an e-mail provider for the hero sets, obviously can also be MS Exchange mailboxes. And you can get more information from livingstontrending.
The hardware specs I list below exactly, but here’s the first time the fast run. The Android smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm processor with 528 MHz, which also drives the HTC Diamond 2, as memory 512 MB available. The capacitive 3.2 inch touch-screen can be operated with the fingers as well as a mini-trackball as with the predecessors G1 and Magic.Like the iPhone, the Hero also has a grease-repellent display coating, and even the case is Teflon coated, supposedly the balance between grip and light wiping has been accomplished – I’m curious. Photos and videos are shot with a 5 megapixel autofocus camera. GPS is of course also on board, as well as a digital compass-so there is nothing really new compared to the iPhone 3G S, the G1 or Magic.
The Hero is also fully functional in terms of time, thanks to HSPA, up to 7.2 Mbit in the download and 2 Mbit in the upload are possible (the iPhone can only 384 Kbit/s in the upload), W-LAN and Bluetooth with AD2P for The Bluetooth stereo headphones are also on board-just as it is for a modern smartphone. Even a 3.5 mm headphone jack is included-here HTC has finally listened to the customers who are not really satisfied with the mini USB port. Expandable memory is available via microSD cards, but here is nothing really new.Interesting is the appearance-already in July it should be the hero-Provider bound to T-Mobile (black model) here in Germany. According to Golem , E-Plus is also to receive a version in white, the provider-independent model in the dark brown tone is to be offered at a price of 499 euros.
Android with HTC Sense
112mm x 56.2mm x 14.35mm, 135g
Qualcomm MSM7200A 528MHz processor
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Dual-band 7.2Mbps HSPA/WCDMA
512 ROM/288 RAM
HVGA capacitive touch screen
5.0 megapixel camera with autofocus
Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR + A2DP
3.5 mm headphone jack
1350 mAh battery
420 minutes voice/750 hours standby
Conclusion: The word iPhone killer I will not really really in the mouth take and I can not synonymous hear more – but HTC has once again shown where the hammer hangs.Technically, the iPhone is cool, the Android operating system is progressing well and the design has really improved-from the G1 to the Hero it really is a quantum leap within the year that has washed itself. What is now all Android phones on the market will definitely have to be measured with the Hero, until HTC again. And as we know the update frequency of HTC it will not take long.