Jun 04 AT 1:34 PM Nick Gray 67 Comments

HTC Sensation 4G hands-on impressions and benchmark testing

We still have a few weeks to go before T-Mobile launches the HTC Sensation 4G here in the U.S. Market, but our friends at HTC were kind enough to send over a demo unit for us to play with. You probably have all the specs of the HTC Sensation memorized by now, but we’ll run through them one more time for those who many not be as obsessed with Android phones as we are.

The HTC Sensation 4G is the first phone in HTC’s lineup to feature Qualcomm’s new 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. It also comes with a 4.3-inch qHD display (960 x 540 pixels), an 8 megapixel camera with dual-led flash capable of recording 1080p HD video, front-facing VGA camera for video chat, 768 MB of RAM, and a 1520 mAh batter all running on Android 2.3.3 with HTC Sense 3.0.

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Now that we have that out of the way, you’re probably wondering what the HTC Sensation 4G is really capable of. We’ve only had is for less than a day, but we immediately loaded up all our favorite 3D games from the Android Market. As expected, games like Gun Bros, Cordy, Angry Birds, Nova all played with buttery smoothness. We ran though a few benchmarks as well, but the numbers were not as impressive as we expected. We’re assuming the Sensation’s qHD display with 30% more pixels is the main culprit behind the low benchmark scores.

HTC Sense 3.0 is certainly a treat since Sense hasn’t really gotten any graphical updates in a while. In addition to new 3D graphics in the widgets and the phone’s fancy new unlock screen, the notifications bar has been modded to give you access to frequently used settings options. HTC has also includes HTC Watch for renting or buying TV shows and movies and HTC Listen which is very similar to the Amazon MP3 store.

The build quality of the HTC Sensation 4G is impeccable. Though HTC claims the Sensation features a uni-body aluminum casing, the implementation on this handset is different than what we have seen in the past. The shell of the phone is completely removable, exposing the battery, SIM and microSD card slots when it is detached from the handset. The 4.3-inch display is covered in contoured Gorilla Glass which keeps the screen touching flat surfaces when placed face-down.

We’ll be testing out the camera, battery life, and daily performance over the next weeks. If you have any questions about the HTC Sensation 4G, be sure to let us know in the comments.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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