By Stephen Schenck | September 13, 2011 4:43 PM
Thanks to some early pics of the hardware, we’ve known about the HTC Kingdom since this past spring. While at first there was some confusion as to whether the phone might be a new Thunderbolt, or possibly a carrier-branded version of the EVO 3D, time revealed more and more specs until we were able to get a more solid understanding of the handset. More recently, we’ve heard that the Kingdom would be landing on Alltel as the HTC Acquire, and at Sprint as the EVO Design 4G. Now we can add one more name to that list, as it appears the Kingdom will also be coming to US Cellular as the HTC Hero S.
A custom gel case for the phone has already appeared at online retailers, where we can see under its compatibility listing that it’s built for the A(c)quire, EVO Design 4G, and the Hero S; it’s not too big of a jump to conclude those three are all the same hardware. We’ve also heard the phone referred to before as the Hero 4G, so it all makes sense. It’s not mentioned explicitly here, but we have it on good authority that the Hero S is destined for US Cellular.
The Kingdom (no matter what it’s called) should show with a 1.2GHz single-core Snapdragon, 768MB of RAM, a four-inch qHD screen, and a five-megapixel rear camera with VGA front-facer. It may not be the new dual-core-hotness, but those are some totally solid specs, so long as you don’t plan on pushing your phone too, too hard.