HTC and US Cellular confirmed rumors and revived one of Android’s earliest, best-known names with the Hero S. The iconic HTC Hero, which was the first properly amazing Android handset as far as most are concerned, is getting an upgrade, with the new HTC Hero S just announced by HTC and US network US Cellular. The design recalls the squared-off look of the original Hero but with a much more modern design centered on a four-inch, 540×960 LCD. As one of HTC’s fastest phones under 4.3 inches, it carries a single-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon and should be visibly faster than a device like the Droid Incredible 2.
Its camera is an unusually strong point. Although the back camera stops at five megapixels, it has a wide f2.2 aperture that allows for better low-light shots among other effects. A front 1.3-megapixel camera is also in place. HTC gives the Android 2.3 phone both the Sense 3.0 layer and access to its Watch movie service.
US Cellular plans to charge $200 on contract for the Hero S, albeit after a high $100 mail-in rebate. Shipments start sometime in October.
Inside the Hero S is a 1.2GHz processor, Android 2.3, dual cameras (5mp & 1.3mp) and it’s able to record video in 720p resolution. Given that it resembles HTC’s bulkier, angular US phones, we doubt this’ll hit Europe. But there you go. The Hero lives on in some small, inconsequential way.