HTC Sensation hits all your senses with all-new Sense UI, 1.2GHz dual-core CPU
The HTC Sensation is the flagship many
of us have been waiting for and finally it's as official as it gets.
The Sensation was announced at the company's press event in London
and it iterates on the familiar HTC Sense, but with a touch of
refinement and functionality straight from the lock screen. You can choose between a number of lockscreen options such as weather updates, quick access to apps and a handful of clock widgets. A 1.2GHz
Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core chipset will support the gorgeous 3D-like
transitions in the menu, all carrying resemblance to the ones on the HTC Flyer tablet.
The phone is also the first with a contoured glass
4.3-inch display meaning that your Super LCD screen is set back slightly to avoid
scratches and up the game in terms of typing ergonomics. The screen is further enhanced by Gorilla Glass technology. Nicely done! The resolution is qHD (540 x 960) with an aspect ratio of 16:9, perfect for watching movies. Overall, the handset has a premium feel mainly due to its solid aluminum back and substantial weight of 5.22 ounces (148 grams) and thickness of 0.44 inches (11.3mm). It also carries the
typical industrial design notes which identify it as an HTC product from the first look.
On the back you have an 8MP camera with
dual-LED flash with “instant capture,” meaning little to no lag
between pictures. The camera is also capable of recording video at 30fps in full HD (1080p) resolution, which matches the Samsung Galaxy S II, one of the most capable phones we've seen so far. It also has a separate video trimming application for basic editing on the go. One welcome addition is a microUSB port with mobile high-def video link (MHL), which basically means that you can connect an USB or HDMI on the same port and your device will be charging even via HDMI. The "superphone" also comes with DLNA and support for Wi-Fi printing.
HTC Watch feature from the Flyer tablet allowing for on-demand viewing of Hollywood blockbusters (with more than 600 in-store). Streaming won't be a problem as the handset supports up to 14Mbps on the downlink with HSPA+, which classifies loosely as 4G.
Finally, it's great to see that the company demonstrates synergy in HTC-developed products as many features from the tablets are carried to phones. Stateside, it's coming to T-Mobile in the very near future and without a shadow of doubt it will be the most powerful phone in the carrier's lineup. We're off to get some quality time with the device, but full hands-on treatment is coming soon, so stay tuned.
2. shotg (unregistered)
becoz you're S**T
12. CHEFJEFF (Posts: 143; Member since: 22 Sep 2009)
Learn how to spell before you post a comment MORON!
11. hi there! squirrel! (unregistered)
*in response to ios*
same shit to me.
3. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
I smell the same battery issue just like the thunderbolt! :D
16. LionStone (Posts: 461; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
waah...I smell the same gripe with these powerful super phones... I want this and that and I want it to look great with a new design and after that, i want it to last a month on one charge...lol
4. dannyboy (unregistered)
Which network will this drop on?
5. g=fayez (unregistered)
so the competition in this year goes like this Samsung Galaxy S2 > HTC Sensation all the way.
But HTC Sense > Samsung touchwiz 4.0
6. singh1984 (unregistered)
it looks like a upgraded incredible s.........looks good thought; my iphone contract ends soon so will get this
7. remixfa (Posts: 14056; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
the sensation isnt in the same league as the GS2. It looks like it should be, but its not.
the dual core snapdragon is the weakest performing dual core chipset comming out
DCSnapdragon has the worst battery life of all the dual core chipsets
Super Amoled2 > Qhd (though niether are shabby at all)
the HTC records video in a lower quality format (3gpp) while the sgs2 records in Mp4. Thats how it achieves the smooth framerate for 1080p. It comes at a cost to quality.
neither sence or tw is all that great. between the 2 id take TW though.
Samsung isnt locking down their phones. HTC is getting in the habbit of trying to lock down bootloaders like motorola. Hopefully that wont happen on this one, but we will find out shortly.
HTC is taking the apple aproach to phones.. minor upgrades and pretend they are revolutionary. this is basically a dual core evo/thunderbolt/hd7/hd2/ ect. Samsung has done some decent upgrading to an already best in class phone.
8. remixfa (Posts: 14056; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
hey PA, quit picking on HSPA+ as 4g. when there is an ACTUAL 4g tech running on the market, then poke fun at it. As of right now, NONE of them qualify for 4g which originally started at 100mb/s. Under the new rules, they are all 4g. And tmobile 42/mbs is the fastest.
9. FREEPAT75014 (unregistered)
This is certainly not the Flagship we've been waiting for in Europe.
Did they confirm their real Flagship HTC EVO 3D would be taken to Europe this time, on top of this (another) mid-range HTC Sensation ?
I'll skip that one Sensation. Processor version is supporting frequency standards for Europe only (MSM8260), this is not a high-end world phone that would require MSM8660, as for EVO 3D. Battery here is too small : Dream is 2000VA = same as Moto Atrix, with mini 1750VA = same as in HTC EVO 3D, nothing lower. Want 3D glass-free qHD screen like on EVO 3D (Gorilla is good but need 3D on top). Want a kick stand like in the old EVO 4G, missed again here (Like with unfortunatly only optional EVO 3D back).
In short Europe want a HIGH END phone, not extra endless mid-range phones with cosmetic differences, and nothing at the top that has EVERYTHING and could be called a Flagship, still missing in Europe HTC range after this detail announcement.
10. ball daddy g (unregistered)
Iphone sucks so bad today! long live android, the world's # 1 OS!!!!
13. pyckvi (Posts: 48; Member since: 19 Dec 2010)
wow really!? this is a downgrade from the EVO 3D! its still a great phone but i got my eyes set on the EVO 3D because it has more Ram + 3D + More Built in Memory + Adreno Graphics hardware for improver 3D and Gaming performance. and too me the Ram makes a Huge difference. this Phone has 768Mb while EVO 3D has 1024. ide stick with 1024Mb Ram because i know HTC Sense eats up ram like it was never there and with its HTC Sense 3.0 who knows how much Ram it is going to consume! Also i know the Tegra 2 processor is a hellava allot better in performance, but i really doubt that any of these duel-core processors will be maxing out anytime soon. its not going to be easy to take the full potential of the dual-core phones to use!
15. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6675; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
IT'S SENSATIONAL PHONE!! Wish I was on T-Mobile they have all the goodies n unlimited my phone sucks cause it's on AT&T without unlimited only thing i hate bout AT&T
18. Dion (unregistered)
To be honest, I'm fairly annoyed at the amount of arrogance produced in the comments. Firstly, what REEPAT75014 wants from the HTC Sensation is nothing more than cosmetic, physical upgrades that aren't necessary to provide a high-end phone. The MSM8260 is just as powerful as the MSM8660, whether it supports all frequencies or not just increases it's potential market - not it's technological status. And besides, this is a high-end phone for Europe by the sounds of it. The battery lasts for a good 8 hours and 20 minutes as well, as quoted by HTC. Whilst the Motorola Atrix lasts for 9 hours, I don't see the need for a 2000+ mAh battery, especially seeing as the 1520 mAh in the HTC Sensation provides a longer lasting battery time than a lot of phones out there, and 8 hours and 20 minutes is definitely high-end and more than enough compared to previous smartphones and current smartphones. 3D isn't that big a deal, either, and doesn't add anything to becoming high-end. Neither does a kick stand. Learn the meaning of high-end before you try and attack the HTC Sensation as much as possible for the most silliest reasons.
pcykvi, whilst I know you're entitled to your own personal preference, the HTC Sensation is definitely not a downgrade. I would take an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p recording at 30 FPS and 768 MB RAM rather than a 5 megapixel camera with 1080p recording at 24 FPS and 1 GB RAM. No 3D doesn't necessarily point towards a downgrade either. The main difference here is the better rear camera vs. more RAM and a better front camera, from the specs anyway. And I find even 512 MB RAM adequate enough. The difference between 768 MB RAM and 1 GB RAM will hardly improve any performance as long as you don't run a lot of applications simultaneously.
19. Dion (unregistered)
remixfa, your first point is already wrong. Sure, the CPU of the Galaxy S II is much better than that of the HTC Sensation, but Adreno 220 has proved to be better than the Mali-400. So, in the GPU sector, the HTC Sensation wins (judging from benchmarks). And, seeing as HTC Sense provides a much smoother UI performance than TouchWiz 4.0 (seen in videos), the HTC Sensation will arguably prove to be the smoother phone overall. Dual-core Snapdragons also don't have the worst battery life either, and if they do, it's only a small difference when comparing the Motorola Atrix to the HTC Sensation (also noting that the Atrix has a much higher battery, in terms of mAh, than the Sensation). The LG Optimus 2X has been quoted to have a shorter battery time than the HTC Sensation also. And I'd also rather a qHD resolution with an S-LCD screen over a Super AMOLED Plus screen with a WVGA resolution. But that is personal preference. HTC Sense is much more preferred (judging from general internet searches) over TouchWiz as well. Locking down or allowing for boot loaders don't justify what league a phone is in either. You say that HTC is taking the Apple way, but by the looks of it, Samsung's phone design, in both the UI and physical structure. You also say that the Sensation is basically a dual-core Evo. What's the main difference between the Galaxy S and the Galaxy S II then? The upgrade from the HTC Desire HD (predecessor) to the HTC Sensation (successor) is much greater than that of the upgrade between the Galaxy S (predecessor) to the Galaxy S II (successor) in my opinion.
20. remixfa (Posts: 14056; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i beg to difffer. the difference between the desireHD and the sensation is the addition of a core, a small change on the screen dispay, updated sense, and a higher resoluton camera.
The sgs increases its screen size as well as improves the display, makes it thinner and lighter, increases the camera, adds a core, doubles the memory, updated touchwiz, adds a flash (which should have been on the vibrant damnit!!), changes from RFS to EXT4 file systems, and a whole slew of other tweaks.
I said the apple way as in small upgrades and pretending its revolutionary, not trying to look like an iphone.
I havent seen a single benchmark where a dual core snapdragon has beaten the exynos at anything. The fun part about that is, all the benches were done on pre production SGS2's while the DCsnapdragon tests were done on finalized hardware. So the reality is, more than likely once the exynos archetecture is more optimized we will see even more improvements the same way we did on the original galaxyS once users converted the file system to Ext4 themselves. Benchmarks doubled across the board.
Also, Touchwiz is quite smooth. All the videos of it running on the sgs2 had the disclaimer of "preproduction software not ready for primetime". My vibrant runs extremely smoothly.. and i have it underclocked. :)
21. Dion (unregistered)
remixfa, quantity does not equal quality. And I must admit there is much personal preference here.
First of all, as I said before, I'd take a qHD resolution on an S-LCD screen over a WVGA resolution on a Super AMOLED Plus screen.
I'd also prefer the HTC Sensation's premium design over the plastic and thin Galaxy S II. I also like a decent feel to my phone as well. So the HTC Sensation wins here as well.
You also miss the fact that the HTC Sensation now has a front camera as well. As well as this, it adds hi-fi reproduction of sound.
Also, the Adreno 220, in a GLBenchmark 2.0.3 Egypt test, beat the Mali-400MP. On top of the test was the LG Optimus 3D using PowerVR SGX540 with a bump on the clock speed. I'm not sure if optimising the Mali-400MP can produce the huge increase seen on the PowerVR SGX540. We'll have to wait and see.
Funny thing is, the Desire HD came out several months after the Galaxy S and the Desire. Really, the Desire HD should not be mentioned here, but rather, the Desire (as it came out around the same time as the Galaxy S). But there's still a huge improvement from the Desire HD to the Sensation anyway, which is, in my opinion, a bigger improvement than that of the Galaxy S to the Galaxy S II. However, this becomes more obvious when the improvement from the Desire to the Sensation is seen.
I never said TouchWiz wasn't smooth, I said HTC Sense was smoother. And if you search on Google, overall, HTC Sense is considered a much better UI.
Hardware can only go so far. You need good software to go with it. If both software and hardware is considered, the HTC Sensation is arguably the better device. Of course, once again, the majority of this decision comes from personal preference.
22. Dion (unregistered)
Also forgot to mention that the Adreno 220 from the the Adreno 205 is a bigger jump than the Mali-400MP from the PowerVR SGX540.
23. Dion (unregistered)
Due to the recent benchmarks of what seems to be the Galaxy S II's final form, I retract part of my statement of which now I agree that the Galaxy S II is ultimately, the more powerful device in terms of hardware. :)