Product Launch by Dan Seifert on Wednesday September 28, 2011.
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U.S. Cellular has just revealed that it will be carrying a new HTC smartphone that we have not yet seen on other carriers. The new Hero S sports a 4-inch, qHD (540 x 960 pixel) Super LCD display and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The Hero S carries on the name of the HTC Hero that was released in 2009, but beyond being manufactured by HTC and running Android, the similarities end there. The Hero S sports a single-core, 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, and a 5 megapixel CMOS camera with autofocus and f/2.2 lens. There is a front-facing, 1.3 megapixel camera for video chats as well. The Hero S measures 115mm x 60mm x 11.7mm (4.53in x 2.35in x 0.46in) and weighs 130g (4.59oz). A 1,520mAh battery provides up to 7.25 hours of talk time or 19 days of standby.
As one might expect, the Hero S runs HTC's now-familiar Sense interface on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. U.S. Cellular will be selling the Hero S for $199.99 after rebate with a new two-year agreement. A release date has yet to be announced.
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.