HTC Hero

HTC Hero unboxing video and Sense UI overview

HTC Hero unboxing video and Sense UI overview

It feels like we've been waiting ages for the HTC Hero to arrive, but the company's third - and perhaps most exciting - Android smartphone is finally on the SlashGear test-bench.  Packed with a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, 5-megapixel autofocus camera and of course HTC's Sense, you can see the full video unboxing and a UI overview after the cut.

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HTC Sense UI will be released for “other existing devices”

HTC Sense UI will be released for “other existing devices”

Speculation a-plenty today, after HTC's Peter Chou apparently confirms that the company's Sense UI "will be available on some other existing devices".  That, understandably, has prompted many Magic and G1 owners - previously to be found looking at their devices and sneering at the basic UI -  to believe that at least one of the two phones will get HTC Sense.  However, it might also be a little more complex than that.

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HTC Hero live video demo

HTC Hero live video demo

After HTC announced the Hero, we took the opportunity to coerce one of their team to spend a while running through the Android smartphone's new functionality.  The result is the usual excessively-comprehensive SlashGear video, a full fifteen minutes of HTC Hero demo that you can see after the cut.

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HTC Hero hands-on

HTC Hero hands-on

You've seen the press release, now for the hands-on shots.  We've just grabbed some time with the HTC Hero, and even a sneaky opportunity to compare it with the HTC Magic.  Check out the full gallery after the cut.

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HTC add Flash support to Android Hero

HTC add Flash support to Android Hero

As well as the Hero, HTC have announced a deal with Adobe to bring support for Flash to the new smartphone.  Describing it as "an important step toward full web browsing with Flash Player 10 on mobile phones in future".  What it does mean, though, is full access to Flash video like YouTube within the browser. 

 

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HTC Hero gets official

HTC Hero gets official

SlashGear is waiting for the HTC London press event to begin, but we already know the headline product: the HTC Hero.  The company's third Android phone, the Hero features HTC's new "Sense" UI, together with a 3.2-inch HVGA screen with fingerprint-resistive coating, Teflon back panel for improved durability, and full 3G connectivity.

Official video demo after the cut

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SlashGear joins HTC London today: new HTC Hero to debut?

SlashGear joins HTC London today: new HTC Hero to debut?

The clock is counting down to HTC's London press event, with a little over three hours to go until we get to see exactly what the smartphone manufacturer has in store.  We're fully expecting to see a new Android handset, most likely the HTC Hero, which we're hearing that the company has been quietly showing off to select groups of journalists and analysts.  SlashGear will be at the event this morning, bringing you all the details.

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