HTC Sensation made Official with Sense 3.0 UI and Android 2.3.3

HTC’s latest flagship handset has finally been allowed to see the light of day thanks to an official unveiling at today’s HTC Press event in London.

The handset has seen a long series of leaks and rumoured information with the likes of Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse both confirming the handset and even pricing the device, but finally months after its first rumours (it was rumoured before MWC but then missing from the MWC Line-up) the HTC Sensation is now official and is set to be HTC’s number one phone for 2011.

The HTC Sensation is a Dual-Core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8260 chipset with 768MB of RAM sporting device that runs on Android 2.3.3. The handset also has a 4.3inch 960 x 540 pixel Super-LCD display, there’s also an 8-megapixel camera with Full HD 1920 x 1080 video capture and a front facing camera with up 640 x 480 video capture for video calling.

HTC are keen to focus on the camera aspect of the handset as a new “instant capture” offering, which aims to eliminate shutter lag, whilst also offering touch focusing on both stills and video capture.

Hardware-wise the HTC Sense sports a Gorilla Glass screen with a contoured edge around the entire display to stop scratching and damage. The Sensation measures in a at a sleek 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3mm and weighs in at 148g which is partially because of the hefty 1520mAh battery that is incorporated in the handsets.

The HTC Sensation runs Android 2.3.3 which brings all of the features of Android Gingerbread plus a new incorporated HTC Sense 3.0 user interface. Sense 3.0 will bring new features such as a 360 degree homepage carousel, 3D widgets, redesigned widgets and menus and a lock screen that can be unlocked to any app of your choosing (with four user-defined app options) as well a live lock screen wallpapers.

The HTC Sensation will be released in May but will be exclusive to Vodafone for a limited period and will then go on general sale a few months afterwards.

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