Rumor Mill: HTC will unveil Hero sequel at Mobile World Congress

Amid a flurry of leaks about HTC's supposed 2010 product roadmap, a company executive let slip that the smartphone maker will debut a successor to its flagship Hero smartphone early next year at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain.

Patrik Andersson, the head of HTC in Sweden, said in an interview with the website IDC.se that the new Android phone will be available in Sweden shortly after it is unveiled.

In the United States, Sprint Nextel offers the HTC Hero and Verzion Wireless offers a varient dubbed the Droid Eris. Last year, HTC released the Magic, its second Android phone, at the trade show.

HTC's purported 2010 roadmap leaked over the weekend on an online forum shows several mock-ups of both Windows Mobile devices and Android phones. Both sets of devices are broken into four different demographic segments: design/lifestyle, performance, productivity and social.

One of the most notable devices is codenamed "Bravo." The Android phone has a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording, WiFi, DivX video support and Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Microsoft Exchange and Google mobile services.

An HTC spokeswoman declined to comment.

For more:
- see this Engadget post
- see this PC World article
- see this Engadget post
- see this translated IDC.se article

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