HTC Sensation 4G officially debuts; 1.2GHz CPU, 4.3-inch qHD display

HTC Sensation 4G officially debuts; 1.2GHz CPU, 4.3-inch qHD display

Summary: HTC held that event we've all been waiting for today in London. One of the big announcements was the 4G-enabled HTC Sensation, and it's certainly worth a look or two (or many).

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HTC held that event we've all been waiting for today in London. One of the big announcements was the 4G-enabled HTC Sensation, and it's certainly worth a look or two (or many).

[Image Gallery: HTC Sensation 4G hands-on]

If you don't remember, this model was originally being tossed around as the HTC Pyramid, so that name change rumor turned out to be true.

But let's get to the important stuff. Enabled with both the signature HTC Sense interface on top of Android 2.3, the Sensation runs on a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor. The Sensation 4G is also quite powerful than most other comparable smartphones when it comes to the 8-megapixel camera that also shoots full HD 1080p video at 30fps.

This is also HTC's first device enabled with a new feature called HTC Watch. Basically, it's an on-demand service with a library of movies and TV shows that can be rented or bought. Those purchases can be shared amongst up to five HTC devices. HTC also boasts that the Sensation allows owners to watch movies "in their full cinematic glory." Let's not get ahead of ourselves - this is still just a smartphone.

The Gingerbread phone is also outfitted with a 4.3-inch qHD touch screen, aluminum unibody and rounded edges. It sounds rather sleek and slender, so I'm definitely intrigued to see this in person when it lands with T-Mobile USA this summer. Pricing hasn't been revealed yet.

Topics: HTC, Hardware, Mobility, Processors, Wi-Fi

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  • Poor screen, poor battery life, huge size, weaker platform/applications

    Such phone is not needed unless consumer specifically wants VHS-cassette sized device, has religious preference in OS, and feels necessary to be lab rat with super tiny coverage area which holds pricey 4G test-mode network.<br><br>iPhone 4 has 30%-225% better details/clarity/resolution than any other significant smartphones produced or even announced. And it has IPS technology screen, and all of its screen layers are glued together to fight parasitic refraction. And its antenna, despite being vulnerable in lower left corner, hold times weaker signals than typical designs (-122dB against -114dB, according to AnandTec). The device has longest running active-use battery life among top class smartphones.<br><br>And the platform/environment has way more apps, and it is the only platform to have Retina class apps (designed to run 960x640 contrary to <b>lowest common denominator</b> of Android phones like 400x240), it has the widest media library, and it has AirPlay and AirPrint capabilities.
    DDERSSS
    • RE: HTC Sensation 4G officially debuts; 1.2GHz CPU, 4.3-inch qHD display

      @denisrs Agreed! I went back to the iPhone from Android, Android is great but it is too much... I want something simple... geeks love android (which really copied a lot from iPhone)
      Hasam1991
    • Do you get paid .....

      @denisrs

      for posting Apple endorsements? Give it a break.
      Economister
      • So you can not confront simple facts with anything beyond this ridiculous

        @Economister: ... accusation?

        This explains a lot about you, as well as confirms that the facts are facts and there is no honest way to "argue" with them.
        DDERSSS
      • RE: HTC Sensation 4G officially debuts; 1.2GHz CPU, 4.3-inch qHD display

        @Economister he isn't stating fact, he is just recycling material he read elsewhere regardless of accuracy. It is the Sam old BS you're right about that.

        Either way though, Android is so far ahead in phones I doubt Apple will catch the platform anytime soon.
        slickjim
      • RE: HTC Sensation 4G officially debuts; 1.2GHz CPU, 4.3-inch qHD display

        @Economister he isn't stating fact, he is just recycling material he read elsewhere regardless of accuracy. It is the Sam old BS you're right about that.

        Either way though, Android is so far ahead in phones I doubt Apple will catch the platform anytime soon.
        slickjim
    • RE: HTC Sensation 4G officially debuts; 1.2GHz CPU, 4.3-inch qHD display

      @denisrs
      you are still harping on the parasitic refraction theme? HTC has already addressed this,
      http://www.zdnet.com/blog/gadgetreviews/htc-hd7s-smartphone-revealed-43-display-1ghz-wp7-at-t/23031
      and if you don't think that they will translate it to other devices, you're more delusional than even I thought.

      AirPlay and AirPrint are not that special as there are a ton of print apps for Android and Amazon MP3, which I prefer to AirPlay.

      This phone will work on T-Mobile's 3.5G network and, assuming the AT&T purchase goes through, will work, albeit at crappy speeds with crappy service in some parts of the country.
      hoaxoner
      • HTC Sensation 4G has nothing against parasitic refraction, or else they ...

        @hoaxoner: ... would call display something like S-LCD or SC-LCD (Super- or Super Clear-), similar to how Samsung calls the same technology of no-space glueing that Apple uses.

        So yes, this device's screen, comparing to iPhone 4's, is <b>worse in three dimensions</b>: weaker details/resolution (iPhone 4 is 30% better), no IPS technology, and no layers glued together.
        DDERSSS
    • RE: HTC Sensation 4G officially debuts; 1.2GHz CPU, 4.3-inch qHD display

      @denisrs go study the display technology and IEEE documents on resolution before spouting regurgitated materials... IPS resolution at 960x640 will not be visibly different from 960x540 in these display sizes so the better technology is Actually Super Amoled!

      Also, companies like Samsung, Sony and LG do glue their layers together.

      TMobile HSpa+ is running at 4G speeds and encompasses their whole network... this network by the way actually has higher recorded coverage than AT&T according to Consumer data.

      Also, the lowest common denominator for Android Phones post 1.5 was 800x480 but the Android Platform scales dynamically.
      slickjim
      • No, they do not glue unless there is &quot;S&quot; or &quot;SC&quot; in the name of display

        @Peter Perry: and this has nothing to do with HTC Sensation 4G.

        iPhone 4 resolution is at least 30% better than any other phone, including Atrix or this sensation. There is no way to dance around that.

        And AMOLED has horrible resolution; iPhone 4 is 225% more detailer/refined/clearer than that display. Let alone the fact that Samsung uses cheating pile matrix system.
        DDERSSS
    • RE: HTC Sensation 4G officially debuts; 1.2GHz CPU, 4.3-inch qHD display

      @denisrs

      Well my HTC Mozart is lighter and slimmer than the iPhone with a back made of plastic so you can actually drop it. Side by side I prefer the HTC display to the iPhone and the small fonts and crowded desktop UI make the iPhone look old. While you may object to the clean dynamic tile design of WP7 with its hubs, it's functionally a lot better than Apple'd endless static icons. The animations even look smoother and more sophisticated and WP7 is more responsive.

      I too have a platform environment that has lots of spps and once again a side by side comparison shows the WP7 apps just look better than the iPhone's - the better development environment obviously helps.

      Oh and it has Office, OneNote and links to my Exchange server. I could go on for some time, but you get the idea. It also has a camera button that functions all the time - I don't need an app for that ;-)

      So if you want a bulkier, fragile phone and you have a religious preference for Apple and you don't mind looking like an escapee fronm the 20C then obviously the iPhone is the phone for you.

      However, unlike you I don't really care what phone people select. Apple devotees get the gadgets they deserve and then spend the rest of the time until their next cult purchase justifying their choice.
      tonymcs@...
  • Don't argue with him or them...

    You can't argue with these rabid Apple fanboi's, if a phone is more complex than just using whatever app Jobs wants them to this week they say it's too complicated for daily use. If something comes out that is better literally quarters after the release of their device they will still sing the hype from the devices launch, no matter how out of date it is. Finally they will not believe any research that isn't posted to Apple's forum or pages as obviously anyone that disagrees with the mighty Jobs is obviously just trying to slander Apple
    KenfuciousSays