Dopod to launch HTC Hero in China

by Hero on August 3, 2009

in News

DopodDopod, which distributes HTC handsets in China, is planning to launch the HTC Hero in China. A launch date could be as early as later this month, although releasing a phone in China requires extensive testing of the phone’s network access license which may push the date back. Luckily, the Hero keeps its Wi-Fi capabilities, by supporting the wireless LAN security protocol that China developed.

A few changes to the device include the removal of Google Maps as an embedded app. China sees Google Maps as a “sensitive” app so it won’t come with the phone, although users are able to download it themselves after. Dopod may also launch a “Chinese Red” version along with the white and brown models on offer. It is expected to cost 5,600 Yuan ($819, £484, €568) on launch, which is certainly not cheap.

Via Computerworld [via Engadget].

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