HTC Hero (Android) coming exclusively to Orange UK?

According to Mobile Choice UK, it seems that Orange UK will finally be getting their very own ‘Android’ phone by the end of the year at the latest; this is backed up by a news article in ElectricPig who quoted Mobile Today as the news source.

The code name for the new phone is HTC Hero and apparently it might be launched by HTC in London on 24th June 2009… or so the rumour goes, one source being TalkAndroid.

Before deciding on the HTC Touch Diamond 2, I was seriously considering the HTC Magic or G1 (each being exclusive to Vodafone and T-Mobile respectively) as both are Android phones. However, apparently the battery life of the HTC Magic is just not very good and the camera on the HTC Touch Diamond 2 is far superior.

So the news that HTC Hero might be launched very soon makes me wonder if I should switch to Orange SIM only first?  Some of the preview videos (like the one below courtesy of PhoneDog) look quite delectable: