HTC Hero Now Virtually Confirmed for Sprint

By: Juan August 21st, 2009

The FCC has approved a CDMA version of the HTC Hero, adding to the large amount of evidence that this smartphone will be one of Sprint’s first with Google’s Android OS.

While there has yet to be an official announcement, there have been many leaks. For example, HTC’s support website recently contained a reference to “HTC Hero (Sprint)”.

The FCC doesn’t specify the wireless carrier, but it has approved a version of this smartphone for CDMA networks, like Sprint. This device also sports EV-DO.

An Overview of the HTC Hero
The Hero has a 3.2-inch HVGA display with an anti-fingerprint screen coating for improved smudge resistance. This is set in a tablet shaped device with a distinct “chin” which HTC says has been contoured to fit comfortably in the user’s hand and against their face while on a call.

This company’s previous models running Android have used the default user interface, but the Hero marked the debut of a UI that’s been dubbed HTC Sense.

That didn’t effect the suite of applications that comes with Android, many of which have strong ties to Google’s services, like Gmail and Google maps.

Other features of this smartphone include a-GPS, digital compass, gravity-sensor, 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera, and a microSD memory card slot.

In addition to EV-DO, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are also considered likely on Sprint’s version.

Coming this Fall
According to an earlier unconfirmed report, Sprint’s launch of the HTC Hero is scheduled for October 11, the same day this carrier is rumored to be planning on releasing a second Android-based device, the Samsung InstinctQ.


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6 Responses to “HTC Hero Now Virtually Confirmed for Sprint”

  1. everette25 on August 21st, 2009 11:03 am

    How can you tell it wont be for Verizon? Dont they carry ev do also? I so hope we get word soon that its coming to us ;)

  2. mbrenner on August 21st, 2009 1:48 pm

    It would be just lovely if I could get this phone on my current F&C plan. Yes I know SEP only…..

    Oh well.

  3. Jeff on August 26th, 2009 10:57 am

    Its great that Sprint is giving us more choices like they did with the Palm Pre’s WebOS platform because before the Pre came out all Sprint subscribers could pick from, in terms of major mobile operating system platforms, were Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and the Palm OS. Now that we have WebOS and will have Android, that suddenly makes the choices a lot better. However, as a Sprint customer on an awesome grandfathered plan, I hope that the HTC Hero does not fall victim to Sprint’s everything plan requirement like the Instinct and Palm Pre have. Hopefully HTC said no to Sprint in regards to the everything plan requirement. If I were HTC I would not want a carrier selling my phone with restrictions like that because it would limit the number of units that get sold.

  4. jhon smith on September 2nd, 2009 12:24 am

    It comprises of a 3.2-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 320×480 HVGA resolution. Operating on HSPA/WCDMA 900/2100 MHz, the handset will provide Up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds. The handset also supports Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz. Including the battery, it weighs 135 grams and is 112 x 56.2 x 14.35 mm in size.

  5. Anad on September 15th, 2009 12:56 am

    i dont lik this designer.. i lov the pro2 but the one for so damn hot.

  6. youlanda08 on October 8th, 2009 8:37 pm

    does anyone no if the screen goes black while u are on a call like the iphone. that is a great feature, with this instinct it is rediculous how u push buttons while you are on a call.

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