At Last – A Debut for Dual-Core
Sensational Stuff: The HTC Sensation’s dual-core processor makes for an all-new mobile phone experience
After what seems like an eternity of waiting, HTC’s attempt at a dual-core phone has finally arrived in the form of the fantastic Sensation. On the outside, it looks like any other smartphone with its shiny aluminium casing and curvaceous build. On the inside, however, it’s a completely different story; the Sensation boasts a 1.2GHz dual processor – making it insanely fast. Mix in an 8MP camera, vibrant 4.3 inch display and a broad range of connectivity options and you’ve got yourself an excellent high-spec phone. First impressions suggest this could be one of the year’s most exciting releases.
What We Like
As you’d expect, the highlight of the HTC Sensation is that it’s incredibly fast, and this insane speed can be attributed to the astonishing power of the dual-core processor found within. 3G and Wi-Fi are of course both supported by the Sensation, and the power of two makes for a rapid browsing experience here both at home and in public when connected to internet hotspots.
Aside from the phone’s speed, the general build of the handset is also impressive. The curvy edges look the part whilst the aluminium exterior gives the Sensation a strong, rigid feel. The screen is another design highlight, measuring colossal 4.3-inches diagonally and displaying bright, crisp colours at a pixel resolution of 540x960.
The Sensation also boasts an intuitive Android interface that’s bursting with excellent widgets and uniquely customisable features. The user can enjoy up to seven different homescreens at any one time, and it’s possible to organise these under a range of categories such as ‘work’, ‘play’ and ‘travel’ – a neat feature from the brains back at HTC HQ.
The high-spec camera and video faculties on-board the Sensation are further positives of the device. 8-megapixels and 1080p video recording look impressive on paper and the dual LED flash and autofocus that feature here are equally welcome additions to the already fit-to-burst spec list. The Android Market is another of the handset’s many highlights, and app-lovers should find themselves right at home with the selection of handy and often entertaining apps on offer.
What We Don't Like
The biggest concern we have over the Sensation is its battery life. With so many innovative features on-board, it’s only to be expected that the phone will struggle to keep up, and early signs show that a day of moderate use will be enough to drain the battery entirely.
Elsewhere, there are concerns over the heaviness and bulkiness of the Sensation handset. At 142g, it’s no lightweight and can be a burden to carry round all day in comparison to some of the more compact smartphones out there. Still, this is only a minor problem and shouldn’t be enough to put off prospective buyers altogether.
All-in-all, the Sensation is a great smartphone that meets and exceeds basic expectations: it has a powerful dual-core processor, vibrant 4.3-inch display, innovative UI, high-spec camera, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity and much, much more. HTC have made a serious statement of intent with this release, and rival companies such as Samsung and BlackBerry will need to up their game in order to compete with a company who are undoubtedly punching well above their weight.