HTC has unveiled its first dual-core Android smartphone as the firm tries to continue enticing business users with high-performance devices.
The HTC Sensation comes with a number of enhancements and will take over from the Desire HD as the firm's flagship smartphone.
Key features include a 4.3in Super LCD screen with an improved resolution of 540 x 960. The display will also have a 16:9 ratio, giving it a more slender look than the Desire HD, which has the same sized screen.
A Qualcomm MSM 8260 1.2GHz dual-core processor together with 768MB of RAM will power the handset. There will be 1GB of internal storage included, but HTC plans on shipping the device with an 8GB micro-SD card.
Rounding off the hardware is an 8-megapixel camera on the rear that features autofocus and a dual LED flash. The device is capable of recording in 1080p and comes with a basic video editing tool and an ‘instant capture' photo feature. There will also be a front-facing VGA camera.
The Sensation will come pre-loaded with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, together with the latest HTC Sense 3.0 user interface.
This version of Sense has the the biggest set of user facing enhancements to date, Graham Wheeler, director of commercialisation product management, told journalists at a pre-briefing in London, yesterday.
The most obvious feature is the addition of a customisable lock screen which is somewhat similar to a regular homescreen.
Users can choose to place photos, messages, weather or stock updates in the lock screen's skin, and launch frequently used apps such as email or the camera without having to swipe the device to unlock the screen.
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