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HTC SENSE™ DEBUTS ON NEW HTC HERO™

HTC Hero is the world’s first Android-based phone with a customized user interface

HTC Sense to be integrated across a portfolio of phones beginning with HTC Hero

LONDON – June 24, 2009 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of mobile phones, today debuted HTC Sense™, an intuitive and seamless experience that will be introduced across a portfolio of phones beginning with the new HTC Hero™. With its distinct design and powerful capabilities fully integrated with HTC Sense, Hero introduces a unique blend of form and function that takes Android to new heights.

HTC Sense is focused on putting people at the centre, by making your phone work in a more simple and natural way. This experience revolves around three fundamental principles that were designed by quietly observing and listening to how people live and communicate. ‘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,’ said Peter Chou, Chief Executive Officer, HTC Corporation. ”HTC Sense is a distinct experience created to make HTC phones more simple for people to use, leaving them saying, “it just makes sense.”’

HTC Hero

HTC Hero continues HTC’s leadership in cutting-edge design that focuses on introducing a variety of distinct devices to represent your own individuality. Boasting bevelled edges and an angled bottom, the HTC Hero is contoured to fit comfortably in your hand and against your face while you’re on a call. The HTC Hero is built to last, beginning with an anti-fingerprint screen coating for improved smudge-resistance and a longer-lasting, clearer display. The white HTC Hero includes an industry-first, Teflon coating, resulting in an improved, durable white surface that is soft to the touch.

With its 3.2-inch HVGA display, the HTC Hero is optimized for Web, multimedia and other content, while maintaining a small size and weight that fits comfortably in your hand. It also boasts a broad variety of hardware features including AGPS, digital compass, gravity-sensor, 3.5mm stereo headset jack, a five mega-pixel autofocus camera and expandable MicroSD memory. HTC Hero also includes a dedicated Search button that goes beyond basic search, providing you with a more natural, contextual search experience that enables you to search through Twitter, locate people in your contact list, find emails in your inbox or search in any other area in Hero.

HTC Sense

Built on a culture of innovation and a passion to enhance people’s lives, HTC shapes the mobile experience around the individual. Debuting on the HTC Hero and available on all new HTC devices moving forward, Sense delivers on three basic principles: Make it Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected.

Make It Mine

Make It Mine is about feeling your HTC phone was created for and by you. To do this, HTC encourages you to dictate and organize how you want to access the people and content in your life in a way that fits best for you. For some, this means adding glance-view widgets that push content like twitter feeds, weather and other content to the surface while others may want quick access to business-focused information like email, calendar and world-times. HTC is also introducing a new profile feature called ‘Scenes’ that enables you to create different customized content profiles around specific functions or times in your life.

Stay Close

Today, staying in touch with the people in your life means managing a variety of communication channels and applications ranging from phone calls, emails, texts, photos, status updates and more. HTC Sense takes a different approach by integrating these communication channels and applications into one single view, enabling you to stay closer to your important people. With HTC Sense, friends’ Facebook status updates and photos, along with their Flickr photos are included alongside their text messages, emails and call history in a single view.

Discover the Unexpected

Many of the most memorable moments in your life are experienced, not explained. HTC Sense is focused on providing a variety of these simple yet innovative experiences on your HTC phone that will sometimes bring you moments of joy and delight. It can be something as basic as turning the phone over to silence a ring or as simple as improving the smart dialler for making calls quicker. HTC Sense also includes ‘Perspectives’, a new way for viewing your content such as email, photos, Twitter, music and more in different ways.

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Guest awarner (MVP)

Why have that stupid looking curve at the bottom of the device or is it an attempt at making the device more ergonmical?

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Guest greenturtle
Why have that stupid looking curve at the bottom of the device or is it an attempt at making the device more ergonmical?

Boasting bevelled edges and an angled bottom, the HTC Hero is contoured to fit comfortably in your hand and against your face while you’re on a call.
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Why have that stupid looking curve at the bottom of the device or is it an attempt at making the device more ergonmical?

I like it!

How many people's faces or pockets are slab shaped? :D

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Guest atrius

Gah, looks really good, but why the low resolution? One of the things I love about the diamond/touch pro/(2) is the 640x480 resolution. HTC site states this is 320x480.

Just because the iphone gets away with it shouldn't mean HTC starts lowering the norm.

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Guest Shuflie
Gah, looks really good, but why the low resolution? One of the things I love about the diamond/touch pro/(2) is the 640x480 resolution. HTC site states this is 320x480.

Just because the iphone gets away with it shouldn't mean HTC starts lowering the norm.

Diamond II/Touch Pro II are 800x480 not 640x480, which means its even more of a drop.

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Diamond II/Touch Pro II are 800x480 not 640x480, which means its even more of a drop.

That is the only thing that puts me off with this handset. I think I will stil grab one offline to test though.

Just placed my order need something new to play with. Never tried Android I think now is the time, Windows is really looking dated

now even with HTC custom screens.

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Guest rav1patel

i have a diamond and just got a magic. to be honest i barely notice the loss is resolution. everything still looks nice and sharp. really isn't a big deal to me.

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Guest TimLayton

HTC is releasing some incredible new windows mobile phones right now and over this summer and fall. This is really an exciting time for smartphones right now and I can't wait to see what HTC and others have in store for us.

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Guest ratcom
i have a diamond and just got a magic. to be honest i barely notice the loss is resolution. everything still looks nice and sharp. really isn't a big deal to me.

I'll second that, after using the xperia, touch pro and diamond the screen on my G1 is really nice and not that much difference to the eye.

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