Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has unveiled the HTC Hero, its third
device based on Google’s Android operating system. The HSDPA-enabled
HTC Hero features a 3.2-inch HVGA display, GPS, WiFi, a 5-megapixel
auto-focus camera and expandable MicroSD memory. It will be available
across Europe in July and in Asia later in the summer, while a North
American version will be available later in 2009.
Building on the
software innovations that it is pushing in the Touch Pro 2 and the
Touch Diamond 2, HTC has added a new software element to the Hero,
called Sense. The software does several things, including putting a
contact's photo alongside their text messages, emails and call history
in a single view. Similar to the Push Internet feature that HTC
unveiled at Mobile World Congress, Sense will allow users to have
customizable Push widgets like weather, Twitter and email.
The Hero will be available in Europe next month, and T-Mobile UK and
Orange UK have said they will launch it. It will be available in Asia
later this summer and a distinct North American version will be
available before the end of the year. The company did not provide any
HTC Corporation, a global designer of mobile
phones, today debuted HTC Sense™, an intuitive and seamless experience
that will be introduced across a portfolio of phones beginning with the
new HTC Hero™. With its distinct design and powerful capabilities fully
integrated with HTC Sense, Hero introduces a unique blend of form and
function that takes Android to new heights.
HTC Sense is focused
on putting people at the centre by making your phone work in a more
simple and natural way. This experience revolves around three
fundamental principles that were designed by quietly listening and
observing how people live and communicate.
"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."
HTC Hero continues HTC’s leadership in cutting-edge design that focuses
on introducing a variety of distinct devices to represent your own
individuality. Boasting bevelled edges and an angled bottom, the HTC
Hero is contoured to fit comfortably in your hand and against your face
while you are on a call. 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.
3.2-inch HVGA display, the HTC Hero is optimized for Web, multimedia
and other content while maintaining a small size and weight that fits
comfortably in your hand. 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, providing you with a more natural, contextual
search experience that enables you to search through Twitter, locate
people in your contact list, find emails in your inbox or search in any
other area in Hero.
Built on a culture of innovation and a passion to enhance peoples
lives, HTC shapes the mobile experience around the individual. 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
Make It Mine, is about feeling your HTC phone was created for and by
you. To do this, HTC encourages you to dictate and organize how
you want to access the people and content in your life in a way that
fits best for you. 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 you to
create different customized content profiles around specific functions
or times in your life.
Today, staying in touch with the people in your life means managing a
variety of communication channels and applications ranging from phone
calls, emails, texts, photos, status updates and more. HTC Sense
takes a different approach by integrating these communication channels
and applications into one single view enabling you to stay closer to
your important people. With HTC Sense, friends Facebook status
updates and photos along with their Flickr photos are included along
side their text messages, emails and call history in a single view.
Discover the Unexpected
Many of the most memorable moments in your life are experienced, not
explained. HTC Sense is focused on providing a variety of these simple
yet innovative experiences on your HTC phone that will sometimes bring
you moments of joy and delight. It can be 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 your 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.