HTC Sensation review: first look

First look: Hands-on with HTC's latest Android smartphone

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HTC Sensation
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HTC Sensation main menu
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HTC Sensation lock screen
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HTC Sensation controls
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HTC Sensation video choices
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HTC Sensation depth

First impressions are this is the HTC phone we've been waiting for

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In terms of specifications, it’s similar to the LG Optimus 2X and Motorola Atrix, by including a dual-core processor, although instead of a dual core Nvidia Tegra processor, it runs a Qualcomm MSM 1.2Ghz processor. During our time if felt quick, certainly equal to the Samsung Galaxy S2.

Check out our hands-on HTC Sensation pictures here

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From the front the Sensation looks similar to the other dual-core Android handsets. But turn it over and it’s classic HTC, this time with a three-tone back. Connections include micro USB for charging, there’s also DLNA for wireless streaming. It feels well built and solid, certainly what you’d expect from HTC.

HTC Sensation: Screen

The qHD screen is 4.3-inches with a 960x540 resolution - again the same as the Atrix and the highest we’ve seen on an HTC handset in the UK. First impressions are fantastic, colours are vibrant - the 3D widgets literally pop out from the screen.

Unlike the Incredible S and HTC Desire S, HTC’s added a contoured edge, where the glass isn’t flush to the edges, instead it’s slightly set back, which means when you put the phone face down on the table, the glass doesn’t get damaged. It looks amazing and feels great.

HTC Sensation: Android 2.3

The Sensation runs Android 2.3, with a new version of HTC Sense, which we’ve always found to be one of the most intuitive skins, but HTC’s made some subtle changes to the OS.

Choose from a selection of lockscreens, which are ‘live,‘ displaying useful information without having to open it. You can choose between elements like weather, social networking or news, or widgets which you can instantly launch when you open the phone. The visual weather screen, which changes to suit the weather, include raindrops

We weren’t able to try out quite a few features, There’s an 8-megapixel camera, including 1080p video capture at 30fps, including stereo sound and Video Trimmer lets you can edit in the handset, there’s also HiFi audio technology

The most interesting feature is HTC Watch, HTC video download service, which lets you download movies and TV programs, either buying or renting them and you can start watching a video before the downloads finishes.

HTC Sensation: Early verdict

Having recently seen the Incredible S and Desire S and although there were very good handsets, we were a little underwhelmed and seemed like baby steps rather than a giant leap. The HTC Sensation is the phone we’ve be itching to see. The hardware is terrific, with high-quality construction and an amazing screen, there have been some fantastic tweaks to HTC Sense, which makes it more intuitive and finally HTC’s finally included a dual-core processor. We’ll bring you a more in-depth look and full review as soon as we get a sample.

HTC Sensation specifications

  • OS: Android 2.3
  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM 8260 dual-score
  • RAM: 768Mb RAM
  • Storage: 1GB, Micro SD
  • Screen: 4.3-inch 960x540
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 2.1, A2DP, microUSB, A-GPS
  • Camera: 8MP main, dual LED
  • Video: 1080p
  • 495 minutes
  • Dimensions: 126x65.4x11.3mm
  • Weight: 175g

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