HTC Kingdom heading to Sprint as HTC Hero 4G, may become official soon?
A new HTC Android device may be heading to Sprint some time soon. The HTC Kingdom, first leaked with a blurrycam photo back in April, passed through the FCC a few days ago, and received a DLNA certificate, with an interesting name change. According to the DLNA certificate, the phone will launch as the HTC Hero 4G. Specs on the device looks like it will be just one step below the HTC EVO 3D, equipped with a 5MP rear camera with 720p video recording, a 1.3MP front-facing camera, a 1.2GHz single-core processor, 768MB of RAM, Android 2.3, WiMax, and a 4-inch qHD (540×960) display, though the screen size may be 4.3 inches. The FCC filing states a 4.3-inch screen, while all other sources point to it having a 4-inch display. Either way, I’m sure it won’t disappoint. There’s no word on when it will launch, or how much it will cost, but given the specs and Sprint’s current pricing/lineup, it will probably be around $150 on contract, similar to the Evo 3D and Evo Shift.
Another interesting tidbit: some cases and accessories for the HTC Hero 4G have already appeared online, which may point to the device launching soon. We’ve been hearing about the device since April/May, and typically once it passes through the FCC it’s only a matter of months until it becomes official, so with any luck, we might see the HTC Hero 4G show up on Sprint’s WiMax network in Q3.