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 HTC Sensation Available now
12th April 2011

The HTC Sensation is HTC's new top-of-the-line Android smartphone, featuring a dual core 1.2 GHz processor, a large 4.3" 540 x 960 pixel display plus an 8 megapixel camera capable of HD video recording.

This promises to be a very fast device - the Sensation combines a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 768 MB of RAM, plus 3.5G connectivity (with HSPA+ available on T-Mobile USA) with maximum download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps and uploads of up to 5.76Mbps. WiFi support includes 802.11b, g and n bands and the HTC Sensation also comes with an HDMI port and supports DLNA integration.

The camera on the back has dual LED flash and 1080p @ 30fps video recording capabilities on top of the 8 megapixel stills capture. In our view, video recording is getting more important than stills photos, and the Sensation's capabilities do look to be very good. There's a front camera for video calling too.

 HTC Sensation GPS in built in, and the large display will make this an excellent satellite navigation device. There's also an FM radio and a microSD slot. The large 1520mAh battery is quoted as giving up to 6 hours talktime on 3G with up to 16 days standby time.. although using it for gaming and videos will drain the battery more quickly.

We've covered one or two Android devices in recent years, so you probably don't need an introduction to what it can do. However, HTC have also upgraded their HTC Sense interface add-on to include custom lockscreens, instant picture taking and a set of much improved widgets that should definitely appeal to HTC fans. There's also a service called HTC Watch, which allows HTC owners to stream movies and TV shows directly to the device, although presumably you will want to do that using WiFi.

Impressive though it is, the Sensation is really just a 2D version of the HTC EVO 3D which (as the name suggests) has a 3D display in addition to all the other features. We expect that HTC will want to produce a 3D device for Europe sometime during 2011, if that's the sort of thing you want.

There's no guidance on pricing, but we would expect the HTC Sensation to retail for about €500 at launch. That's quite expensive, but on the other hand this is a very (ahem) desirable device. The Sensation should be available sometime during Q2.

Apart from the potentially high price, the only drawback that we can see is the name. With products like the Sensation, Desire, Wildfire and Incredible, HTC's product range is beginning to sound disturbingly like a range of condoms rather than smartphones..

HTC Sensation at a glance


Q2 2011


GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 +
UMTS 900 / AWS / 2100


HSPA+ (T-Mobile USA only)


4.3" 540 x 960 pixels


8 megapixels (main)

0.3 megapixels (front)


Large tablet smartphone
126 x 65 x 11mm / 148 grams



Memory card:











Android 2.3

Battery life:

6 hours talk / 16 days standby (3G)

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