HTC Sensation Hands-on

HTC Sensation Hands-on
HTC fans have been feeling left out of the dual-corathon that's been taking over the likes of Samsung, LG and Motorola in the past months. While MWC saw them up the ante to 1.5GHz in their Flyer tablet, their phones topped out at 1GHz. Queue the HTC Sensation - a 1.2GHz dual core goliath with a 4.3" screen with a resolution of 540x960. Throw an 8MP camera with 1080p video recording into the mix and our appetite is well and truly whet.

With its 16:9 aspect ratio, there really is no doubt where this handset excels. Bright and vibrant, the SLCD technology tantalizes, while the beautiful curved glass beveling adds a subtle sense of quality.

The styling of the handset is somewhere between an HTC Mozart and an EVO 4G. With the unibody chassis, the battery cover is the entire back and encroaching on the front - nesting the device snugly. Despite being an aluminum unibody, it doesn't feel as dense as the Desire S or Nokia E7 for example, and is indeed lighter than we anticipated it would be.

Multimedia is an area the Sensation also titillates - the 8MP camera with instant capture (reducing shutter lag), Full HD video capture (with on-board trimming software) and a qHD screen are just the start. HTC also offers its Watch service so you can rent or buy top quality movies encoded to the phone's screen specs for the ultimate viewing experience.

Everything flew when we thumbed through the HTC Sensation, menus were quick, video playback didn't stutter and it certainly delivered a great first impression. The new lock screen is intuitive, allowing shortcuts straight to applications of your choosing. In addition, you can find a preloaded Swype/Slide It style on-screen keyboard, if you're into that kind of stuff.

We can't wait to get our hands on a working device, and with a May release (at least in Europe; the T-Mobile US version comes out in the summer), shouldn't have to wait too long. Our beady eye will be on battery life. If HTC has made this better than the Desire HD on that front, this handset may well be the Sensation HTC is hoping for.

HTC Sensation Hands-On Video:

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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. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

Very nice lock screen functionality! I wonder if it has some sort of power control widget in the notification bar like in CM7? Can't wait for the Evo 3D!!!

9. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

and then they give is the thunderbolt when they have this in store? come on htc...

19. icho1212 unregistered

its not htc. its VERIZON who always gets the best hardware last

28. DronePro unregistered

This is actually a T-Mobile phone. Verizon has many great phones, however, i would not say they get the "best".

2. phbelov

Posts: 124; Member since: Mar 25, 2011

Love the Sense UI 3.0. It's really cool.

3. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

No wonder why AT&T wants T-Mobile- they have all the good phones!! Basically, an EVO3D without the 3D? Seems like it. Just a very nice phone, and for about the thousandth time, I really, really wish T-Mobile had service in my area. LOVE to get Grandfathered in on a T-Mobile plan on this bad boy, as future proof of a phone as is likely to come out this summer season.

5. 3MTA3 unregistered

yeah but they don't have an iPhone so what good are they really? >:P

21. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

lol /like on the account of sarcasm :D!

27. illiad unregistered

seriously, why is the iphone better?? Is it the bluetooth file transfer? Is it the 1920 x 1080 video capture? Is it the 768 M RAM? (not storage!) Is it the removable 32Gb SD Card?? Is it easy to replace the battery with one twice the capacity??

15. uma fan unregistered

There's always Wifi Calling. T-Mobile extended it's network to anywhere there's a wifi connection. So if your phone supports it (all new t-mobile androids do) your phone will use Wifi connections for calls/texts and it works seamlessly. This is great if you travel internationally as well since your phone thinks you are in the US when connected to wifi because it registers on the T-Mobile USA network. No international roaming charges when calling/texting the US back from another country using Wifi calling

6. dar unregistered

now if battery life is in the range of decent, this is the first phone that blews icrap completely and sistematically out of the water. (galaxy s II has a crappy looking touch wiz 4 and unsufficient resolution - i hate how pixels are easily visible on galaxy s phones) and furthermore.. by the time iphone5 gets out(holiday season at best), this will probably run an icecream and have just as many apps available as an ios. conclusion - iphone era is coming to an end :):):):)


Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I wish that I could agree with you. In reference to the galaxy S II, it greatly improved the pixel problems from the original galaxy s. You should Youtube " Galaxy S II" and see if it satisfies your needs. You are right about Sammy's garbage interface. Although thats simply personal. Even when Android catches up to iOS, the quality of the apps is so much higher on iOS than it is on Android. FACT. The "icrap" that you are referring to will soon meet its year anniversary. If something tries to compete with it and can't keep up, that is more than sad.

7. green2u unregistered

Note to camera person: Never shoot a black phone against a black background! Get a clue from the woman who shows up in the background and selects a white background to take photos of the Sensation.

8. jaydenrobins08

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 12, 2011

Why couldn't this have been the first 4G phone on Verizon? It is so much better. I'm suprised that HTC would bring this out to such a small carrier when it would get more sales with either AT&T or Verizon.

12. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Totally undebatable. The Inspire on AT&T and the Thunderbolt on Big Red are both fine phones, (connection problems aside on T-Bolt, new tech roll outs are hard), but this thing is a beast from a different world.


Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Hey, that probably means that HTC has something even more beautiful for both of the top carriers.

20. icho1212 unregistered

why are you blaming HTC? its not htc fault that us carriers what to limited phones to their needs!! manufactures produce phones and then they show it to the carrier to see who wants to buy a large shipment or the exclusivity from one phone.. US was the only part of the world were the iphone had only one carrier becuz att wanted the exclusivity of the phone.. there are another times where carrier partner up with the manufacture to creat custome phones.. for example T-Mobile myTouch line or the new sidekick witch samsung is producing... and excuse me on my bad english

10. Ace0011 unregistered

I wonder how come news articles or the hands ons for android phones don't talk about the quality of photos for the camera especially coming from HTC since its their lead phone and their track history. I mean they were in a low light room and they could see if HTC finally stepped their game up on top of how quick they were able to take a photo.

11. required unregistered

Bootloader locked = No CyanogenMod, No MIUI :(

22. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

when did HTC start locking bootloaders?? there's already roms out for the Thunderbolt... the only company that locks bootloaders is Motorola isn't it? And even then haven't they begun negotiations to open them up or something?

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

HTC has some of the most locked down phones. They dont lock down all of them like Moto does, but they seem to randomly lock down a few of them. The G2 and Mytouch4g were both very locked down.

13. aliali

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 14, 2011

htc u r great,,u r the best

14. giper54

Posts: 13; Member since: May 06, 2010

Anyone know what kind of screen technology HTC is using for their display? Is it Pentile like the Motorola Atrix. I hope not since it has the screen door effect.

18. baldilocks

Posts: 1537; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

...and still it has the most hideous MMS interface of any phone on the market.

24. vishnu unregistered

htc phones are very smart i like htc products

25. chadful33

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

1g internal memory= EPIC FAIL HTC..

26. captain2536

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 23, 2011

When it will come to Singapore?

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