Unconfirmed rumours obtained from Pocketnow and a DLNA certificate for the device indicate that the upcoming HTC Kingdom is likely to be sold by Sprint as the HTC Hero 4G. Apparently, there are also indications of the device appearing in the EXIF data on photo-sharing sites.

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We came across the HTC Kingdom in early May when a ROM of the device was leaked by the Chinese blog 911sniper. At the time not much was known about the device save for its qHD (540x960px) screen. Later Pocketnow released some updated specs indicating that the HTC Kingdom had a 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM7630 processor, 768MB RAM, a 5MP camera with 720p video recording, and the device would launch with Android 2.3.3.

The rumours suggest that the HTC Kingdom will be launched by Sprint as the HTC Hero 4G, the carrier to originally launch the 528MHz, 3.2-inch HTC Hero, running one of the earliest Android builds (1.5 Cupcake). The Hero 4G has already passed FCC certification so it is likely we will be seeing the device sooner rather than later.

Source: Pocketnow

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  • element4life3

    Do we know what size screen yet?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/abhiroop-basu Abhiroop Basu

      Unclear unfortunately!

  • richardyarrell

    Rather they want to call it the brother of the EVO 3D or just a little Sensation or Hero 4g the bottomline here is this will make the 4th DUALCORE MONSTER ON SPRINT. The EVO 3D, PHOTON 4G, SAMSUNG WITHIN, AND THIS BRINGS THAT TOTAL TO (4). Sprint has been KICKING INDUSTRY BUTT ALL YEAR LONG...It will be joining the list of UNLIMITED USING DEVICES THE NETWORK WHERE CONTENT IS KING.....

    • DonnyDon

      Unless I missed something, the article said nothing about Dual Core. Sprint Does Have Some Stellar Phones Coming But So Does Everyone Else. Sprint Needs To Focus a Little More On The Network

      • Marvin

        It has the same specs as the sensation, which means it is dual core.

        • Joe

          The MSM7630 is actually an 800 mhz processor with a SINGLE core. It is the same one used in the Evo Shift. It's only a 2nd gen processor so unless they bump it up to a 3rd gen, it's going to stay a SINGLE core (regardless of a possible factory overclock).

      • Tonio

        Totally agree DonnyDon. Having a nice shiny new phone is cool but it only takes you so far when their network 4G/3G is laughably slower then most other networks and at times inconsistent. But hopefully with all other carries now doing tiered data, Sprint can gain revenue to implement LTE like rumored.

    • Wasp

      As was already said, it is a single-core. Several sources have cited this among other tech sites.

  • http://none.com Kai

    Anybody else remember when we all B*tched when Sprint announced the Kyocera Echo with David Blane and we all said we were leaving Sprint? LoL...

  • http://www.dominikstriplin.com Dominik

    I'm going to assume that this is going to run the HTC Sense vs. the stock version of Android.

  • LONG

    Worth the wait. My love!

  • Simon Belmont

    From what I am hearing, it is a 4 inch screen. I read a forum post about that and no, that is not gospel, it is a rumor.

    Joe is right about the CPU. It is only single core, but it is has been easily overclocked to pretty high frequencies. The Sprint HTC Hero 4G looks like a nice mid-range smartphone. I would have thought about getting this for my wife's new phone instead of the Sprint HTC EVO 4G had I known about it sooner. I own the original Sprint HTC Hero and it has never let me down. Though I am waiting for my Sprint HTC EVO 3D to arrive tomorrow.

    • js

      The original hero let me down from almost day one, and I think most hero users would agree. That name does not bring up good memories.

      • Simon Belmont

        That is funny. I knew SEVERAL Sprint HTC Hero users who were very happy with them, myself included. After the Android 2.1 update, it did have some minor keyboard lag problems, but they were mostly stamped out with future OTA updates. You also always had the option to root and flash it to bring it up to Android 2.2 or Android 2.3. :D

        The Sprint HTC Hero rooted, flashed with a custom ROM, and overclocked brought it to a whole new level of goodness. If you had bothered to research ways to make it more suitable for your uses, you probably would not have had as much against it in practice, though I never had issues with it even in stock form. If you got one that was a lemon, then you should have traded it in for a working one. I am the type of person that is out to fix problems instead of actively whining about them. ;)

  • Miggles

    True Sprint is coming out with great phones along wit everyone else and they need to focus on their network more...but I think they are supposidly Dan Hesse (Sprint's CEO) said its got some awesome plan for the fall. Maybe they are finally ditching Wimax & going LTE we'll see. But altleast you get all you can eat data buffet for only $70 added to your plan to VS $130 in other carriers that's a $60 difference and the service doesn't amount to be that great of a difference. Can you say VALUE infinate times?