Orange nabs Android HTC ‘Hero’


HTC has unveiled its third Android handset which will be available on Orange in an exclusive colour variant in July.

The HTC Hero (pictured) has a 3.2 inch touch screen with an ‘anti-fingerprint’ coating, a five mega-pixel and auto-focus camera, a gravity sensor, AGPS and 512 MB internal memory which can be expanded to 16GB.

It will also be the first handset to incorporate HTC Senses enabling the user to personalise the interface and preset times to change automatically.

For example, a user can set the handset to be business-centric during the day with business emails on the home screen which can automatically change to show social network feeds after work.

HTC chief executive Peter Chou said: “HTC Hero introduces a more natural way for reaching out to people and accessing your important information, not by following the status quo of today’s phones, but by following how you communicate and live your life.

“HTC Sense is a distinct experience created to make HTC phones more simple for people to use, leaving them saying, “it just makes sense.”’

Orange said the handset will be the “first of several” Android handsets it will launch this year and will be available from free on a £39.15 24-month contract with 1,200 minutes, unlimited texts and internet browsing.

Orange UK director of devices Francois Mahieu said: “We’re really pleased to be launching our first Android handset in conjunction with HTC – the first of several Android devices you can expect from us this year.

“We believe the Hero is a great all round device which will allow consumers to get to grips with all the things they love about the internet, whilst on the move. We expect it to be extremely popular when it hits shelves this summer.”