The Hero will cost £430 through the online retailer. The handset is the first Android-based phone not to be tied exclusively to one operator, and will be available in the UK through Orange and T-Mobile, as well as unlocked and SIM-free.
Amazon put the Hero up for pre-order on 24 June. Orange has said it will sell the handset on contract from early July, and T-Mobile intends to begin sales from mid-July. Neither operator has given more specific timings.
The Hero has several significant differences from other Android handsets that are available in the UK. One is its lack of Google branding, while another is its use of a manufacturer-specific user interface -- in this case, HTC's Sense.