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Sensor on top left of Hero?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Ashman, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. Ashman

    Ashman Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I bought a UK HTC Hero around a month ago and on taking it out the box I noticed something on the top left of the screen that looked a little like a sensor. On official photos of the Hero you cant see this sensor or whatever it is. I took a photo of my Hero with the aforementioned sensor marked out. Sorry about the rubbish picture quality (a photogropher I am not :D)


    My question is, is this a sensor? If not does anyone know what it is exactly? At first I thought it was an air bubble or something since I put a screen protector on the phone the day I got it but on closer inspection I doubt it.


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  2. andy d

    andy d Android Enthusiast

    Ambient light senser.
  3. JoeC

    JoeC Well-Known Member

    On my HTC Hero, the ambient light sensor is on the left part of the ear speaker. It looks like it should be a light like it is on the right part of that strip, but, alas, it's the sensor.

    Perhaps your model is different?
  4. Ashman

    Ashman Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Im pretty sure I have the light sensor on the left hand side of the ear speaker as well, it looks just like an LED. This might be something else then?
  5. andy d

    andy d Android Enthusiast

    Your right I did not look at the photo.
    The only thing I've seen in the left of the screen has been the ocational notification logo.
  6. Ashman

    Ashman Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I was thinking it could even be a front camera? :eek:
  7. PaulC

    PaulC Newbie

    Looks like a fault in the plastic or black film behind it.
  8. Ashman

    Ashman Newbie
    Thread Starter

    You probably cant see it in the picture but its a perfect circle in shape and looks like it was purposefully put there.
  9. quantumrand

    quantumrand Android Expert

    My Hero definitely has nothing in that spot. I examined it very closely with a flashlight and all. 100% definitely nothing there on mine.

    I'm pretty sure you've got an air bubble, either under your screen protector or perhaps even under the glass. Other possibility is that the coloring chipped off underneath. It could even be a crack in the glass. It's tough to tell from the picture.

    Try shining a flashlight on that spot while taking a photo of it to give us a better view?
  10. lekky

    lekky Lover

    dont see anything on mine there either, btw nice case, same as the one I have :)
  11. Ashman

    Ashman Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Unfortunately u can't take a better picture, atleast not at night. I just thought thwarting someone else might have this as well. I'll just assume it to be a air bubble or something. Was hoping it was a sensor or something cool that only my hero had? :)
  12. quantumrand

    quantumrand Android Expert

    Maybe you got some super secret, super rare version with a front facing VGA cam for video calling, lol.
  13. smithey253

    smithey253 Newbie

    That photo looks exactly like my phone sitting next to me, minus the new sensor.

    Good choice of colour and case I think :D
  14. kentamayo

    kentamayo Newbie

    Strange... I just bought mine last week, I have no such sensor on mine.
  15. Ashman

    Ashman Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I guess I'm just special :)
  16. zzr600

    zzr600 Lurker

    Does it have a screen protector on it? if so it looks like a bubble caused by a bit of dust.
  17. Ashman

    Ashman Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Yeah I pu a screen protector on it he day I go the phone so guessing its just an air bubble then :(
  18. spenspuma

    spenspuma Well-Known Member

    What a farce !!
  19. Ashman

    Ashman Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Im just submitting to the fact that most people think its an air bubble, personally I still think its something else (Manufacturing defect?), At first I thought it to be a sensor that might have been added to the latest batch of HTC Hero phones as I had just received my phone recently but after the feedback from this thread I doubt this now.

    I posted thinking that if this was a new sensor addition to the Hero someone else would be able to confirm this for me. The only way for me to check for sure is to take the protective screen off but Id rather not do that since I dont have a spare. The photo shown above doesnt really show up well especially as it was taken in the evening. I just havent had much time during the week to take a photo in the day time due to work/other things.

  20. Bunjiweb

    Bunjiweb Android Enthusiast

    Either a bubble under the screen protector, or a bubble caused by air seepage during the manufacture. Have you tried re-applying the screen protector? If so take it back and get an exchange if it is new.


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The HTC Hero release date was July 2009. Features and Specs include a 3.2" inch screen, 5MP camera, 288GB RAM, MSM7200A processor, and 1350mAh battery.

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