HTC unleashes Sensation smartphone

HTC Sensation

HTC's just unwrapped its latest smartphone – the Sensation.

Running Android 2.3.3 (the latest version of Gingerbread) at launch, it has a Qualcomm dual-core 1.2GHz engine, backed up with 768MB of RAM.

Fronted by a 540x960 piece of 4.3in Gorilla glass and backed by an 8MP dual-LED flash camera, it's wrapped in an aluminium unibody shell.

HTC has also updated its Sense UI for the Sensation and added HTC Watch, a movie streaming service and app. The latter offers progressive downloads, so you can begin watching rented or bought content instantly while the rest streams from the internet in the background.

There's 1080p video recording, an HDMI output through the micro-USB port and front-facing VGA camera.

But some might be disappointed by the 1GB of memory with a microSD card, as earlier rumours had suggested there might be 4GB of internal memory.

Vodafone has confirmed it will be the launch network for the phone. If you want one, you'll have to wait until mid-May.

• In a separate development, Samsung has announced its new Galaxy S2 smartphone, unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February, will be available in the UK from May 1st.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.