HTC held a big event in London today to announce the new HTC Hero Google Android device running with their new HTC Sense user interface. The Hero is a sleek looking Google Android device that appears similar to the HTC Magic with a slimmer form factor that still incorporates that distinctive "chin". The HTC Sense UI integrates methods of communication to improve the end user experience and is a UI that will be incorporated across HTC devices in the future. HTC and Adobe also announced that Flash Player 10 will be integrated in the Hero.
The HTC Hero has specifications like a 3.2 inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display, anti-fingerprint coating (similar to the new iPhone 3GS), 5 megapixel autofocus camera, 3.5mm headset jack (thank you HTC), digital compass, accelerometer, and microSD card slot. Search is also well integrated into the Hero device.
HTC Sense was created with three main principles: Make it Mine, Stay Close, and Discover. As detailed in the press release HTC uses widgets, scenes, integrated communication applications, and hardware design features to create HTC Sense. It looks to me like this is definitely something that has to be seen in person to fully understand. There are reports on site in London and I'll try to find some hands-on articles to link to as the news develops.
The HTC Hero will be available to people across all major European carriers in July and in Asia later this summer. A distinct North American version will be available later in 2009.