HTC Sensation Details, Review & Hands-On Video Roundup

The HTC Sensation is an upcoming smartphone that was originally known as the HTC Pyramid before HTC made the device official at a press event on April 12th in London. Because of its features, the HTC Sensation is one of the most anticipated Android handsets to date.

HTC Sensation

HTC Sensation Release Date

While the HTC Sensation is official, there are still some unknowns and those unknowns include its specific release date and exactly which carriers it’s going to be headed to. HTC confirmed it would be headed to Vodafone first at the April 12th event (it officially arrived on Vodafone UK on May 19th) but there are still a few European carriers that haven’t made announcements yet.

HTC Sensation Release Date

As for the U.S. it’s certain that T-Mobile will be getting a version of the HTC Sensation called the HTC Sensation 4G, possibly on June 8th or 11th, which means that the UK will likely see the device at some point in late May.  We had seen that June 8th date pop up all the way back on April 20th so it appears that the beginning of June is going to be when this thing drops.

What is the HTC Sensation?

The HTC Sensation is a powerful smartphone built by HTC and it will likely be, barring something drastic, T-Mobile’s second dual-core powered handset after April’s release of the LG G2x.

HTC Sensation

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It features a 4.3-inch SLCD touchcreen with 540×960 resolution which offers 35% more pixels than a typical display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor for fast better overall speed and faster multitasking and it’s going to be powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the new HTC Sense 3.0 on top of it.

HTC Sense 3.0, as you might recall, was originally announced back with the HTC EVO 3D which means that the Sensation will very likely be the first phone to feature HTC’s new UI as the EVO 3D still doesn’t have a release date.

HTC Sensation Hands-On Video

HTC Sensation Features

HTC Sense 3.0: Brings a better lockscreen , new animations and improved interaction. It also comes with HTC Watch which brings better movie streaming to the handset.

Full 1080p Recording: The HTC Sensation is able to record full 1080p video with up to 30 frames per second using its rear 8MP camera. The camera also features instant capture.

Contour display: Glass is contoured along the edges of the screen which helps to protect it when it’s laying face down on a surface like a table.

HTC Sensation Pricing

The HTC Sensation still does not have an official price tag, however, a recent leak indicates that it will cost $199.99 at Target. Other retailers will likely offer it for a similar price on a new two-year contract. It’s as of yet, unknown as to how much the device will cost off contract.

HTC Sensation Price

HTC Sensation vs. LG G2x

The HTC Sensation is going to be the chief rival of the LG G2x on T-Mobile USA because both share something in common. A dual-core processor. However, the HTC Sensation has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm chip while the LG G2x has a 1GHz Tegra 2 NVIDIA processor.

Next difference, the display. The HTC Sensation employs a 4.3-inch display with qHD resolution. That’s 540×960 resolution. The LG G2x has a 4-inch screen but it only has 480×800 resolution. So, if you like stuff on your display to be crisp, the Sensation takes the cake here.

Second, the HTC Sensation is coming with Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0 over the top of it, right out of the box. The G2x is currently on Android 2.2 and awaiting its update to Gingerbread. If you hate waiting or you’ve had a bad experience with Android fragmentation, you might want to think about the Sensation.

Both have 8MP cameras with dual-LED flash however, the LG2x has the better front facing camera with a 1.3MP shooter while the HTC Sensation only rocks a 0.3MP VGA. If you do a lot of video chatting on your phone, the G2x might be the way to go.

HTC Sensation Hands-On, Review Videos

HTC’s official recap of the April launch event in London which will go over all of the highlights of the company’s announcements including that of the HTC Sensation.

A close look at the T-Mobile version of the HTC Sensation, the HTC Sensation 4G, courtesy of MobileBurn.

Phone Arena’s look at the HTC Sense 3.0 UI that will be over the top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the HTC Sensation.

HTC Sensation Specs

Networks: GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900, UMTS 900, 1700/2100, 2100
Operating system: Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0
Display: 4.3-inch S-LCD Display (540 x 960)
Camera: 8MP rear camera with dual LED flash
Memory: 768MB of RAM, 1GB of internal storage
WLAN: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n Wi-Fi
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 3.0
GPS: A-GPS
Battery: 1520 mAh
Special features: 1080p video capture, HTC Sense 3.0, high-res display and blazing processor
Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM 8260 dual-core processor

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Comments

  1. Player911 says

    Also forgot to mention the G2x support 1080P Video Out via HDMI. It is awesome for emulators. Also the Sensation bootloader is encrypted so community development will be slim pickin. Plus the Tegra 2 at 1.0ghz is more powerful then the Snapdragon at 1.2ghz. Plus since the G2x is unlocked and LG already released the source, we already have custom roms and kernels, which means we have Overclocked/Undervolted kernels. At this time overclocking to 1.5ghz is normal capacity.

    So we’ll see. I also hate how they put the microUSB charger on the side. My blackberry has that and it sucks for trying to talk on it while charging. The side HTC chose is the worst possible area because as you hold the phone in your right hand, the connection will put lots of strain on the port. At least the blackberry had it on the opposite side where the port faced down and not up.

    • Clay says

      Player911 is 100% right.  The Nvidia Tegra 2 is a far superior dual core processor than the 1.2 dual core in the Sensation.  Tegra 2 runs ARM A9 vs. the outdated ARM A8 in the Sensation.  HTC had to overclock it to 1.2 just to match the Tegra 2 in performance.  Also the Tegra 2 has a 8 core GPU, vs. the weak by comparison Adreno GPU in the Sensation. 

      G2X is also an IPS display.  Think iPhone 4.  Not quite as high resolution, but same technology.  IPS is the best LCD display technology on the market.  The G2X is simply a better phone.

      • Liam says

         Not according to anand’s benchmarks. This is rocking an adreno 220 (FULL video accel with more modern graphics cores) with latest scorpion cores (includes NEON simd engine). Also the screen is ips. Pretty much every lcd phone has an ips if it’s lcd otherwise the viewing angles would be non-existant. The differences are in the quality of the ips.

  2. David Reynolds says

    I get annoyed at the assumption that since both phones are 8 megapixels they must be similar in quality! After 3 megapixels the pixel count plays almost no role in the quality of the pictures. More important is the quality of the camera parts itself. To me the camera quality is important. The MyTouch 4g took much better pictures than the G2X I recently purchased. Which is why I returned it today. Now waiting for the Sensation on the hope that the camera quality will be at least as good as the MyTouch. At any rate it is a huge fallacy to assume that two cameras with equal megapixel count are of similar quality!!!

    • Clay says

      If you think the MyTouch 4G took better pictures than the G2X, you sir must have huffed a bottle of glue.  I currently own BOTH phones, and there is absolutely NO comparison.  G2X completely destroys the MyTouch 4G camera in every category.

  3. justinv says

    I’m currently at the top of a “preorder” list my local tmo started for me ;) when I went in today they said its moreso looking like the 12th istead of the 8th.
    Great article has all the info!

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