HTC Sensation

The cat was let out of the bag a tad early, but that doesn't mean we're any less excited about the new HTC Sensation (formerly the Pyramid), just announced at a special event in London and destined for the Vodafone network (at first) in the UK.

It's kind of a mix of things we've already seen, wrapped up in a sexy 4.3-inch touchscreen and aluminum unibody. There's the latest version of HTC Sense, which we've also seen on the HTC Flyer Android tablet.

Specs? Well, this thing's got 'em. There's the aforementioned 4.3-inch SLCD touchcreen at 540x960 resolution (that's qHD). There's a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, running Android 2.3 and Sense 3.0. There's Wifi 802.11 b/g/n. There an 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front facer.

It a word, it's sensational. Check out the full presser after the break.

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HTC continues to introduce advanced entertainment capabilities with the introduction of HTC Watch on the HTC Sensation

LONDON – April 12, 2011 – HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today introduced the HTC Sensation, a smartphone that shines a spotlight on entertainment with HTC’s new HTC Watch™ video service. Crafted with premium design elements, the HTC Sensation features the company’s latest HTC Sense™ experience that puts people at the center by making their smartphones work in a more simple and natural way.

“Smartphones have evolved into pocket-sized entertainment centers that enable people to take their favorite content with them wherever they go,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “The HTC Sensation takes this even further by combining the great new HTC Watch entertainment experience with the latest HTC Sense experience to deliver a powerful, evolved multimedia smartphone to our customers.”

"The HTC Sensation integrates multimedia content with relevant, thoughtful features, bringing an exciting new dimension to Vodafone’s smartphone range. The HTC Sensation will be available first in key Vodafone markets from Q2,” said Patrick Chomet, Vodafone’s Group Terminals Director. “The strength of Vodafone and HTC’s partnership is a marker of our commitment to offer our customers truly compelling and market-leading mobile experiences.”

Premium Design and Materials

Tapping into HTC’s trademark design language, the HTC Sensation’s premium look and feel is enhanced by its rounded edges, aluminum unibody construction and the touch screen surface is protected by a contoured screen that feels more natural as a finger is glided across it. The 4.3-inch qHD display delivers high-resolution widescreen viewing and gives the HTC Sensation slender proportions that feel natural in a person’s hand. At the heart of the HTC Sensation beats a powerful, 1.2-gigahertz dual-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor, which enables gorgeous graphics and all-around fast performance.

HTC Sense

Complementing the HTC Sensation’s premium design is the latest HTC Sense experience that boasts a host of new features and enhancements, helping people to have more fun and get more done. For instance, HTC Sense introduces a customizable active lockscreen experience that transforms the lockscreen into a real-time window to the most important information and content, such as social updates, photos, weather or stock updates that are viewed by simply turning on the display. In addition, the new active lockscreen becomes a customizable gateway that lets people quickly jump to the most used features, like making a phone call, sending an email, taking a picture or anything else with the same quick gesture usually used to unlock the phone. For instance, the camera can be launched right from the lock screen with a single motion, saving precious seconds when you’re trying to capture the action. Sharper graphics, vibrant animations and new widgets make HTC Sense look better than ever and, by continuing to focus on all of the aspects, both large and small, that make HTC Sense special, HTC introduces a more cinematic and immersive weather experience with stunning imagery and audible weather effects.

HTC Sense also makes it easy to have fun by enabling people to capture and share special moments. The HTC Sensation’s 8-megapixel camera doesn’t just shoot gorgeous photos but, with the new instant capture feature, lets people capture the moments they want without worrying about missing or keeping up with the action. The HTC Sensation also shoots full HD video in 1080p resolution, with full stereo sound, at up to 30 frames a second, giving you smooth video that is better than many other phones. With the new Video Trimmer tool, people can crop their clips to the perfect size for easy sharing with friends and family.

HTC Watch

The HTC Sensation is a smartphone that is built from the ground up for a sophisticated, evolved multimedia experience. The 4.3” widescreen display means that users can watch movies like they were meant to be seen – in their full cinematic glory, with no cropping or letterboxing. The HTC Sensation is also the first smartphone to feature HTC Watch – an application and service that puts an entire library of the latest, premium movies and TV shows right at your fingertips, letting people discover the latest video content in an easy and visually engaging way. HTC Watch uses progressive download technology that makes it possible to watch videos without waiting for a huge file to finish downloading. HTC Watch offers the choice of renting or buying videos, and if purchased, lets you watch them on up to five different HTC devices.


The HTC Sensation will be broadly available through Vodafone across major European markets. It will also be available in Asian markets in Q2 2011.


Reader comments

HTC Sensation officially announced on Vodafone, hits Asia in Q2


Did they confirm their 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 too. Processor version is supporting frequency standards for Europe only (MSM8260), this is not a high-end world phone that would require MSM 8660, as for EVO 3D. Battery here is too small : Dream is 2KVA = 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. 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.

i may be wrong but i thought vodafone was kind of like vzw but in the uk....and now im seeing this phone launched on t mobile? im kind of lost here but if this were coming to vzw consider it my next phone for sure. makes up for everything the tbolt lacks

Vodafone Group is a global telecommunications company headquartered in Newbury, Berkshire, United Kingdom. It is the world's largest mobile telecommunications company measured by revenues and the world's second-largest measured by subscribers (behind China Mobile), with around 341 million proportionate subscribers as of November 2010. It operates networks in over 30 countries and has partner networks in over 40 additional countries. It owns 45% of Verizon Wireless, the largest mobile telecommunications company in the United States measured by subscribers.

You are sort of correct. Vodafone owns 45% of verizon shares but they are still separate company's with their own choices of phones that they want on their network.

i see, that kinda sucks, i mean i like the tbolt and all but its nothing compared to this phone....vzw has to get their act together

Is this the same version of Sense that the EVO 3D has? This lock screen (the same as is on the Flyer/EVO View) is very nice and I don't ever remember it being talked about on the 3D