The new HTC Sensation 4G will land at T-Mobile this summer, but CNET's got a hands-on sneak peak now. See our photo gallery for more.
HTC Sensation 4G
Launching this summer with T-Mobile, the HTC Sensation 4G (aka HTC Pyramid) is a next-gen Android device that not only brings the latest hardware improvements but also features the company's new HTC Watch video service and additional enhancements to the Sense user experience. Pricing was not revealed at this time.
As we just mentioned, the Sensation 4G comes with some of the latest hardware advancements. This includes a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch HD (540x960-pixel resolution)
Super LCD, an 8-megapixel camera (shown here), and 1080p HD video
recording and playback.
What we found impressive is that even with a 4.3-inch touch screen, the smartphone felt incredibly compact and slim, especially compared with other handsets with 4.3-inch displays. The aluminum unibody design and contour display might have something to do with it. Whatever it is, we'll take it.
A lot of the new features of HTC Sense are featured on the lock screen, including shortcuts to your favorite apps. To open a specific app, you can simply drag the ring from the bottom of the screen to the app you want to open, instead of having to unlock the phone first. For now, the shortcuts are limited to a set of apps predetermined by HTC but include major functions, such as phone, e-mail, camera, and messages.
If you've ever owned an HTC device, then you might be familiar with the weather widget on the home screen, which displays the weather conditions for your current location. The new HTC Sense takes it even further with a full-screen view with animated, richer graphics, which are oddly mesmerizing--or maybe that's just me.
The Leap screen has always been one of our favorite features of Sense. By pinching the main home screen, it will bring up a thumbnail view of all of your home screen panels so you can easily jump to one without having to swipe through the others.
And here is your photo gallery with the new HTC Sense. The phone keeps it fresh by flipping through your various images. Once you tap on a single photo, it will use the same flipboard transition to open up the full view.