After leaked images and information under the codename “Pyramid,” HTC cleared the air Tuesday by officially announcing the HTC Sensation 4G for T-Mobile’s network. Customers will have to wait until summer to purchase, but the handset may be worth the wait due to leading-edge hardware specifications, an updated version of the Sense user interface and access to HTC Watch, a new service for video rentals and purchases. And as the “4G” in its name suggests, the smartphone will take advantage of T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, although not at the full speeds of the network’s capabilities.
What defines “leading-edge” hardware for a phone coming soon? Here are just a few of the highlights:
- Qualcomm’s 1.2GHz, dual-core Snapdragon processor
- A large, 4.3-inch display with qHD resolution (960 x 540)
- Google Android 2.3 (aka Gingerbread)
- 8-megapixel rear camera with two LED flashes and capability to record 1080p video at 30 fps
- Mobile broadband downloads up to 14.4 Mbps / uploads up to 5.76 Mbps
- 1520 mAh battery
Aside from the hardware used in the HTC Sensation 4G, there are two notable software features in Sense and Watch. Among several improvements to Sense, HTC turned the Android lock screen into a way to get at the most-used phone features: phone calls, email, taking pictures. And instead of showing a simple lock screen, users can customize the new Sense 3.0 lock screen to show weather, stocks, pictures and more. Watch is HTC’s effort at building a media ecosystem for television and movie content. Both should look stunning on the 16:9 aspect ratio of the Sensation 4G’s qHD display when the phone arrives this summer.