Originally Posted by onion
Does not matter. The Hero is a completely different phone. Has nothing in common with the Passion...
It has a touch screen? Lack of keyboard? Track ball? Android? Designed and Manufactured by the same company? What more does it need in common? I wasn't saying they are related I was just stating that the Hero name has nothing to do with sprint, you essentially changed the subject. That's fine though we can address that too.
If you read my post above and knew anything about HTC you would know that code names such as Passion/Dragon don't always make it to market (in fact this is true most of the time) You would also know that HTC releases all their phones in the Euro market before the US market. The Hero was released in Europe in July, but did not hit the US until October.
Frankly it's pretty amazing that Sprint even kept the name Hero considering they completely redid the phone. Probably kept the name only to ride off the publicity of the Euro Hero.
Anyways HTC just announced that they would be releasing a successor to the Hero in February.
HTC exec promises Hero successor in 2010, debut at Mobile World Congress -- Engadget
We know that the HTC Desire (Droid Eris) is basically the same thing as the HTC Hero 200 (Sprint Hero). So it's entirely possible that the HTC Dragon/Passion are the same device with the HTC Passion being the model designed for Verizion while the Dragon continues on the Hero line (I doubt this though).
Yet we also know that the Android 2.01 rom has reference to the Hero, HeroC, HeroCT, DesireC, PassionC, Passion and Dragon.
So who knows.