HTC, as expected, announced today in London its latest Android phone, the Hero. The Hero has a 3.2″ HVGA capacitive touchscreen. The specs are complete (512MB/288MB RAM/ROM, WiFi/Bluetooth/GPS, 5MP camera, MicroSD expansion slot, 3.5mm headset jack) but not advanced (e.g., Qualcomm 528 MHz processor instead of Snapdragon or Tegra).
What’s new is an interface called HTC Sense. This GUI overlay of the OS seems to serve the same function as HTC’s TouchFLO 3D for Windows Mobile. Unclear if HTC Sense will supplant TouchFLO 3D for Windows Mobile, the OS for most HTC devices.
The Hero has no physical keyboard. Engadget Mobile reports that the on-screen keyboard has “a simulated haptic forced-feedback bounce when you strike each key in either landscape or portrait mode.” The article also expresses a concern that the relatively low-powered (these days) Qualcomm processor may be a bit sluggish with graphic transitions.
The Hero will be available in Europe in July and in Asia later in the summer, with a North American version some time later this year. Well, better late than never.