HTC Sensation 4G takes HTC flagship mantle
By Darren Quick
April 12, 2011
HTC has unveiled its new flagship smartphone – the HTC Sensation. Powered by a 1.2 GHz MSM8660 dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) the HTC Sensation is designed with multimedia in mind. Packing a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) touchscreen display, Sense 3.0, front-facing VGA camera, and 4G capabilities, the Sensation shares many of the features of the EVO 3D, minus the 3D.
The Sensation also ups the ante with a curved unibody aluminum body and a higher resolution 8-megapixel rear-facing autofocus camera that can shoot 1080p video at 30fps. Captured video can also be trimmed on the phone before uploading. For downloading videos, the Sensation's HSPA+ capabilities promise speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps, and a new HTC Watch video download service, that will also be found on the company's upcoming Flyer tablet, makes its first appearance in a phone.
Features include a customizable active lock screen that constantly updates social media, photos, weather or stock updates, which can then be viewed by waking the display. The lock screen also serves as the launchpad for jumping to the phone's most-used features. For example, the camera can be launched right from the lock screen in a single motion to give users the best possible chance of capturing the action.
The Sensation comes with 768 MB of RAM and 1GB of internal memory, but HTC has thrown in an 8GB microSD card to help with all that video your service provider hopes you'll be downloading on the device. The phone weighs 148 g (5.2 oz.) and at 11.3 mm (0.44 inches) thick, comes in slightly thicker than the iPhone 4. However, the Sensation's 4.3-inch widescreen display is almost an inch bigger than the 3.5-inch display of Apple's device.
HTC will release the Sensation 4G around May/June, with T-Mobile getting the exclusive rights for the device in the U.S. Pricing and worldwide availability details are yet to be announced.