HTC SENSATION revealed tonight at London at HTC’s event

Posted on April 12, 2011

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The special event held in London today has just ended about 30  minutes ago. As expected, the major announcement was about the launch of HTC newest flagship smartphone named HTC Sensation. What a name – its performance had better stick up to it. Rumors of the new samrtphone was already leaked on the web about 2 weeks back. Initially named as HTC Pyramid , it is now officially renamed as HTC Sensation. The guys at forum XDA had even released leaked images

Leaked images:

ACTUAL images released today :

At the ending stage of the presentation, Patrick Chomet,  Director of Vodaphone :has this word on the HTC Sensation – “it’s fast, it’s a beast.”

Phil Blair ( VP of Product & Services ) presented  the key features of HTC Sensation . His initial opening words :

– ” The challenge is no longer just the hardware, or the network speed, or having enough content available…. The challenge is in tying all these good things in a “fun, rich and easy way…What would such a phone have to look like?….First, it’d have to look beautiful. Second of all, it’d have to have “top notch specs…And third of all, “it would have to give you an easy new way to experience and enjoy all your favorite content on your device “

– Appearance : Finished in a subtle three-tone on the back – three shades of either gray or subdued purple – and with a Gorilla Glass toughened fascia with slightly concave edges (to lift the screen off the table and avoid scratches, as well as to give the finger some physical feedback during scrolling)

– Size at 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm and weighs 148g with the standard 1,520 mAh battery.

– 768MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, a microSD card

–  a 4.3 inch qHD display ( 540 x 960 ) , dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM 8260 processor,

– 8MP rear cam with 2 LED flash speeding up the video frame rate to 30fps at max 1080p resolution with stereo sound.  There is too  A Video Trimmer app which  will allow for minor edits before sharing.

– VGA front cam, and HSPA+ speeds with promises of  download rates as fast as 14.4 Mbps

– Connectivity : HSPA/WCDMA, quadband GSM, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, a 3.5mm headphone socket and a microUSB port with MHL support for HDMI output (using a special dongle). There’ll also be GPS/AGPS, a gyro, G-sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor

– have the new HTC Sense 3 on Gingerbread ( 2.3 ) which is the same software found on the HTC EVO 3D. There are various tweaks to the company’s UI, including customizable lock screens, 3D transitions, an improved weather app, and HTC Watch, the service that lets you download DVD-quality movies.

HTC Watch is  the company’s movie/TV show rental and purchase store. Supporting carrier billing (with certain carriers) or credit card payments, HTC Watch offers 600+ titles at launch from major studios. Trailers can be previewed over WiFi or 3G, while full purchases must be downloaded over WiFi.  Up to five HTC devices – though not PCs, Macs or anything else – can be registered to a single HTC Watch account (you can add/remove one device per 30 day period) with access to the Digital Locker cloud store of bought or rented content.

Video teaser :

Specifications :


http://www.htc.com/www/product/sensation/specification.html

Hands On by PhoneArena.com:

Official Press Release:

HTC UNVEILS MULTIMEDIA SUPERPHONE, THE HTC SENSATION™

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.

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


Live blog reporting :

http://www.tracyandmatt.co.uk/blogs/index.php/htc-press-event-live-blog

http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/12/live-from-htcs-april-12th-event/

http://www.coolsmartphone.com/2011/04/12/live-from-htc-event-today/