HTC Sensation Android phone (preview)

HTC Sensation preview: The HTC Sensation combines a powerful 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3in qHD display, and an 8-megapixel camera wrapped in a unibody aluminium design

HTC has unveiled its latest Android smartphone, the HTC Sensation, and it combines an impressive list of specifications with the latest Android software. Formerly codenamed the HTC Pyramid, the HTC Sensation sports a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3in qHD display, and an 8-megapixel camera — all wrapped in a unibody aluminium design.

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Aside from its dual-core processor that promises blazing speeds, the HTC Sensation Android phone is equipped with a 4.3in quarter high definition (qHD) display. Its 960 x 540 resolution is one quarter of a full 1080p HD screen, hence the qHD name, while the screen is slightly concave for a more comfortable experience when held against your face.

The HTC Sensation weighs just 148g and is only 11.3mm thick — while this is thicker than competitors like the Apple iPhone 4 and the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc, the HTC Sensation has two benefits over both of these rivals: Its 4.3in display is almost a full inch larger than the iPhone, while its body is constructed from aluminium rather than the flimsy-feeling plastic used on the XPERIA Arc.

The HTC Sensation has dual cameras — an 8-megapixel rear camera with a dual LED flash and a front facing VGA camera for video calls. The rear camera can record full HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second (fps).

The phone runs the latest 2.3 Gingerbread version of Google's Android platform. Gingerbread offers a revamped keyboard, better copy and paste, improved power management, and a slicker user interface as improvements over previous versions of Android. The HTC Sensation also comes with HTC's latest Sense UI customisation, 3.0. New features include customisable lock screens, 3D transitions between screens, an improved weather app with more vibrant animations and a video-on-demand service called 'HTC Watch'.

The HTC Sensation also has 768MB of RAM and 1GB of internal memory, along with a microSD card slot for extra storage. It is expected to be available in Australia in the coming months, though pricing and availability are yet to be announced.

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