TAIWANESE SMARTPHONE MAKER HTC has announced its latest smartphone, the Sensation.
The handset runs the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. HTC, rather immodestly, refers to this device as a 'superphone'.
The hardware does, at least, live up to that lofty name. Powered by a Snapdragon 1.2Ghz dual-core processor with 768MB of RAM and 1GB of user-accessible storage, it's more than capable of recording HD 1080p video captured from the on-board 8MP camera. There's also a MicroSD slot for boosting the built-in storage, which is likely to be essential for anyone looking to maximise the multimedia possibilities this phone offers.
An updated version of the HTC Sense user interface adds widgets to the lock screen too. There are a variety of different options for what the screen will show when locked, from weather through social media and updates from the stock market. HTC is very pleased with the weather app and we're quite sure it will make Iphone users a little grumpy about their boring 'slide to unlock' yawn-fest.
There's also an improved email client, although the changes to this feature of Sense seem very small and are likely to go unnoticed by most people. Still, we're always happy to see improved email clients on smartphones and there's still a long way to go for most that we've used.
HTC is pitching this very much towards people keen on multimedia. There's a new built-in video store that allows you to buy and rent the latest movies. From the launch presentation we noted that file sizes were huge, 1.2GB or so, which should make them high enough quality to display on your TV. The phone can send an HDMI signal through its USB socket, so it could be that HTC is also trying to make your Blu-ray player redundant.
The company claims that the SLCD panel used for the 960x540 display has 35 per cent more pixels than some of its competitors. The screen also has the proper 16x9 aspect ratio, which gives the Sensation an advantage over the Iphone, at least when it comes to video playback. The display is kept safe behind a piece of contoured Gorilla Glass, which HTC claims will protect it from drops and bumps.
You can view The INQUIRER'S video demo of the HTC Sensation. The handset should be available from mid-May, and Vodafone will be the first operator to sell it all over Europe. µ
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