HTC Hero due out with Orange in July?

Still nothing in Orange UK‘s mobile shop window about the HTC Hero, but if the BBC are mentioning it – specifically Rory Cellan-Jones on the blog – then I’m guessing it is true that HTC Hero will be with Orange UK soon.

And to back this up, Unwired View has not only provided us with the first live pictures of HTC Hero courtesy of  Mobile Review (Russian) and GSM Helpdesk (Dutch), it has also said that Orange UK will be the first provider of the phone, which will potentially be due out in early July!

Here’s one of the photos of the Hero from GSM Helpdesk to whet your appetite:

p/s: In case you’re interested, Cellan-Jones, the BBC’s technology correspondent, compared the Nokia N97 with the iPhone 3gs in what he called “Battle of the smartphones” earlier this month, where it turns out neither are really that perfect. Hopefully he’ll compare more smartphones (such as the Palm Pre and HTC Hero) in future articles, as I am really starting to wonder if I should opt for a smartphone instead of the HTC Touch Diamond 2?

p/s: The HTC Touch Pro 2 has finally made it’s way to Orange UK via the Business Shop!