HTC Sensation comes with Watch video rental service

12 Apr 2011

HTC has unveiled its latest smartphone, the Sensation, which until now was called the Pyramid. It will come with the new HTC Watch video service. Vodafone will be the first operator to launch the new smartphone in Europe.

“Smartphones have evolved into pocket-sized entertainment centres that enable people to take their favourite 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 new Sensation features rounded edges, an aluminum unibody construction and a contoured screen.

The 4.3-inch qHD display delivers high-resolution widescreen viewing and the device is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

“The HTC Sensation will be available first in key Vodafone markets in the coming months,” 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.”

New Sense experiences

The device comes with the latest HTC Sense Experience, with new features, such as a customisable 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 customisable 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.

As well as sharper graphics, the latest version of Sense comes with a more cinematic and immersive weather experience with stunning imagery and audible weather effects.

The Sensation also comes with an 8-megapixel camera that shoots full HD video in 1,080p resolution with full stereo sound at up to 30 frames a second.

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 1,080p resolution, with full stereo sound, at up to 30 frames a second, giving users smooth video.

A new Video Trimmer tool allows users to crop their clips to the perfect size for easy sharing with friends and family.

HTC Watch

The HTC Sensation is also the first HTC 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.

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

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years