HTC Sensation 4G Specs Review

HTC Sensation 4G Specs Review
The HTC Sensation 4G will undoubtedly be one of the top Android phones to get this year in the US, at least until the holiday season, so let's examine if HTC has managed to create a compelling argument of a phone on paper.


No matter how you slice and dice it, we've now allowed only powerful phones with large displays to occupy the top slots of the Android food chain. There is no argument that the HTC Sensation 4G is exactly such a device, that is why it is very important how the designers stroke a balance between making a phone comfortable to hold, and still cramming a big, shiny screen together with all those high-end bells and whistles that are now staples for Android's best.

Luckily, with HTC we are mostly aware how the Sensation 4G will feel. The company is known to produce somewhat hunky handset with large displays, but it usually manages to translate the word “heavy” into “solid”, when you actually hold the device.

You can compare the HTC Sensation 4G with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.
As is clearly seen from the size comparison above, the HTC Sensation is larger and heavier than some of its main dual-core competitors. We'll leave the design to personal preference – when we handled the Samsung Galaxy S II it was almost uncomfortably thin and wide, but very light, and still we prefer our phones with large screens this way, rather than “solid”, bordering on bulky. Still, single-sheet aluminum body beats plastic and soft-touch plastic as choice of materials any day, so some might find the HTC Sensation 4G's exterior preferable.

The display on the HTC Sensation 4G is a first for the company, with the newfangled qHD resolution (540x960 pixels), which is just a step below the iPhone 4's Retina Display pixels, and is 4.3”, which makes it one of the largest phone screen with qHD resolution, together with the HTC EVO 3D. Moreover, HTC boasts that it has a true widescreen 16:9 format.

We loved the display when we handled the HTC Sensation at the CTIA 2011 show last month, moreover, it has another unique feature under its belt – its Gorilla Glass is contoured for added protection:

One connectivity feature that only the HTC Sensation 4G, and the Samsung Galaxy S II phones have so far, is the MHL port (Mobile High-Definition Link), which combines the microUSB and HDMI-out ports in one. HDTVs and other gear with support for MHL will start shipping this year, so you won't benefit much from it right now. Here’s a nice presentation of MHL that will answer all your questions about this upcoming cable connectivity standard: 

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Sensation 4G
  • Display 4.3" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Battery 1520 mAh(6.66h 3G talk time)



1. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Looks exactly the same compared to other HTC phones. Shocker.

4. snowgator

Posts: 3617; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I agree that all HTC phones look the same, but would that keep you away from a device with 4G, dual core, improved UI, smooth running, vibrant screen, and great multimedia features from a manufacturer at the top of the quality food chain? I hope this thing is a runaway hit for T-Mobile. It is as close to future proof as you can get, considering how fast the tech changes in the mobile industry.

5. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

To be honest, yes. 4G is important, yes, but nothing else really is. It is possible for phones to come out and have all these features AND to have a different feel to them. There is seriosuly no difference betwee, the EVO, this, and all the other HTC high end phones that are about to come out. If HTC wants to capture the attention to anyone other than "geeks" looking for specs and only specs, then they are gonna have to make a powerful phone that actually looks good as well...

6. snowgator

Posts: 3617; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

HTC is showing record profits every quarter, increasing their sales each new set of devices they put out. These handsets appeal to a wide range of consumers, from "geeks" to the average Joe. The Sense UI makes wonderful use of the powerful Android OS, without overpowering it and adding useless steps. I agree a lot of these stats don't mean a lot to some people, but they put enough on them to appeal to most everyone. I do agree dual core is not important now, but the next Generation of Droid OS is coming, and it will be important then. I can respect totally your opinion that HTC is taking the easy way out by not adding some flare to different devices (kinda agree, actually), I just don't think the average consumer cares once the phone is in their hands. HTC makes a good product and, hopefully, the Sensation continues that.

3. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

But they aren't exactly the same soo...

7. BlynkOfAnEye

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Arg, come to Verizonnnnnnnnn.... :(

8. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Yes, T-Mobile, yes!!!

9. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Looking very nice, wish it was as slim as the galaxy s2 with the sensation build...ordered the s2 the lightweight and slim designs makes Me think it will feel smaller than it really is...alwayz thort 4.3inch was 2 big until i held the s2...thats just me...cant wait till thursday js wang to replace my ip4

10. Zorodroid unregistered

The best Android phone with 1080p video

11. anaheim unregistered

I hope its not THAT heavy.. but I like heavy better than Toy-Light, like SGS 2. SGS 2 would be perfect, were it not for the steep price (higher than iphone 4's actually), and the WVGA resolution (so last year's). At $900 a pop, I would buy SGS 2 ONLY if it has qHD resolution, coupled with dual-core. As it is, the Samoled+ is the only attraction it offers, and it is not THAT good at all. LCD would do just fine, actually. And the BRICK DESIGN is too blocky for my taste (it looks too much like my Galaxy Ace, actually). Atleast my Ace has a silver bezel so it looks stylish; ironically, the $900-SGS 2 is all plastic, front and back, and comes only in pure black.. talk about "looking cheap" but costing a fortune ;( As for the much-celebrated re-sizing of widgets, well, moto-blur has that too, and I dont find it very fascinating. If SGS 2 added DUAL LEDs, now that would be more interesting (and practical) than toying with widget sizes.. My conclusion: SGS 2 is NOT WORTH my $900.. not even by a long shot. So, I recommend the HTC Sensation -- best dual-core there is for 2011. Makes more "sense" to own than say, SGS 2, or LG 2X.

12. chrisnetwork unregistered

Wow, HTC has once again produced another outstanding devise! I have been researching a new phone to get as I’m eligible for an upgrade soon. The HTC Sense might just be a perfect fit for my wants and needs. I would have to say I’m pretty impressed. The technology seems to on point; the size and quality incredible. This of course is no surprise coming from HTC. One great thing about Android phones in general is their apps. One of the first apps I will download upon purchase will DISH Remote Access application. Using this app and my 722k receiver with a Sling Adapter; I will not only be able to stream live TV but my DVR recordings to my phone as well! I recently participated in the Free Sling Adapter offer and was eligible to receive a $99 prepaid MasterCard with the purchase. All I had to do was go to and fill out the rebate form in order to receive my prepaid MasterCard. As a DISH Network customer and employee, I have been using the app on my current phone for some time now and it is one that I think will be perfect for the Sense!

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