HTC Sensation: The Ins And Outs

When HTC sent out invites to a press event being held on 12 April in London, the majority of the tech world was 99% sure that the firm would be announcing its first dual-core smartphone, codenamed the HTC Pyramid. Sure enough, the renamed HTC Sensation appeared from behind the curtain and as expected, flaunted a dual-core processor and an impressive array of specs to match. If you missed the happenings at this sensational event, not to worry, as we’ve got the full scoop on everything you need to know about HTC’s latest flagship handset.

How impressive are these specs then?
As we already said, they’re pretty darn good. Here are the full tech details for the HTC Sensation:

  • 1.2GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense
  • 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3mm
  • 141 grams
  • 4.3 inch Gorilla Glass SLCD display with qHD (540 x 960) resolution
  • 1GB internal storage
  • 768MB RAM
  • microSD card slot that supports cards up to 32GB
  • 3G: Up to 14.4Mbps download speed and 5.76Mbps upload speed
  • Wi-Fi
  • DLNA
  • MicroUSB port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Internal GPS antenna
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and dual-LED flash
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Front-facing VGA camera
  • Up to 495 minutes talk-time

Are there any new features I should know about?
HTC Watch: With a killer 4.3 inch qHD display on offer, HTC has made sure that users get the most out of it with a new service called HTC Watch, which comes bundled with the HTC Sensation. It’s essentially an on-demand film service that allows users to download movies right onto the handset. It also comes with a nifty function that resumes the film you’re watching from where it left off if paused or interrupted, which is pretty neat. The service can also be used on up to five other compatible devices too, so if you have a HTC Flyer for instance, you can watch films on that without needing to transfer the movie across. There’s no word on pricing for HTC Watch yet but at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, we heard that it’d cost 99p to rent a film and £1.99 to buy one. Not too shabby.

New look lock screen: HTC Sense 3.0 has had a few tweaks, one of which is the new, improved lock screen. Now you can unlock the Sensation with a specific app or function. All you need to do is drag your app of choice to the bottom of the screen to instantly open it up, rather than going through the homescreen.

Cosmetic surgery: Sense has also changed its appearance ever so slightly and now, widgets appear on the screen in a 3D-like fashion. The weather widget seems to have been given an impressive makeover with life-like animated forecasts, and HTC have also added an instant camera capture function to Sense as well.

 

Sounds good. When can I get it?
Vodafone has got first dibs on the HTC Sensation and will be stocking it from May, although there’s no word on a specific release date yet. All the other major UK networks (Orange, T-Mobile, Three and O2) have announced that they will be getting the flagship smartphone from June, but price details haven’t been released yet. We’ll keep you posted with the details as we get them.

Check out the official video for the HTC Sensation below:

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