UPDATE: This article has been fully confirmed. For more information, read this article: HTC Hero Will Be Released by Sprint on October 11
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.
A GSM version of the Hero has already debuted in Europe.