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We had high expectations for HTC first dual-core smartphone, and the company delivered with the HTCSensation. A mixture of evolution and revolution, the family resemblance is clear: a 4.3-inch display like the Desire HD, only now running at qHD 960 x 540 resolution; a Snapdragon processor like the Desire S, only now Qualcomm new 1.2GHz dual-core MSM8260 processor; and HTC Sense, only v3.0 with a new intelligent lock-screen and HTC Watch for video rentals and downloads. All in all, the HTC Sensation is shaping up to be one of the smartphones to beat in 2011; check out our full unboxing and first-impressions after the cut.

 

In the box there is the usual sparse selection of accessories: a USB AC adapter, USB to microUSB cable and a wired stereo headset with in-line controls. We would like to have seen the MHL-to-HDMI adapter bundled too, like ATT sensibly did with the Infuse 4G, but thats still an optional accessory; you do get DLNA streaming support over WiFi b/g/n, though. HTC will offer a charging dock you can set the Sensation to automatically boot into Dock Mode, with weather and Facebook updates shown, and even optionally turn on the Mobile Hotspot functionality though right now its not on sale.

 

 

HTC Sensation unboxing hands-on:


Construction is solid, with a sheet of toughened glass up front that rises to a slight lip at the edges of the screen. That serves double purpose: keeping the display raised slightly off the table when placed face-down, and also giving some tactile feedback as to when your thumb is swiping toward the very edge. Responsiveness is good, and the whole thing is creak-free. Unlike the somewhat fiddly slide-off doors of recent HTC devices the Flyer was a particular chore to open up the Sensation pulls out of its rear chassis entirely, revealing the microSD slot and SIM slot.

 

 

Android and Sense moves swiftly on the dual-core chip; the jerkiness we spotted when pulling shortcut buttons down to the launcher ring on the Flyer lock screen is non-existent on the Sensation. The 3D animations on the homescreen are smooth and menus open without delay. Similarly, the browser renders even heavy pages quickly, and thanks to the qHD resolution you can read, say, SlashGear homepage articles without having to zoom in from the full page width view. Just to whet your appetite, we ran benchmarking tool Quadrant Advanced and the Sensation scored 2245 overall, with 5918 in the CPU category.

 

We will be putting the HTC Sensation through its paces over the next few days in time for the full SlashGear review, but for now lets just say this: the Samsung Galaxy S II has got some serious competition.

 

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HTC has just released the Official Android devices list that will be Updated to the Android ICS 4.0.3 with HTC Sense 3.6, as HTC sense 4.0 will be exclusively for HTC One series.


The following HTC devices are confirmed to get Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich:

  • DROID Incredible 2 by HTC
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Sensation XL
  • HTC Sensation 4G
  • HTC Sensation XE
  • HTC Raider
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • HTC Vivid


HTC will begin Rolling-out the Updates for the all the Sensation Family in the Upcoming Weeks During This Month. Other devices will follow Very Soon and we will announce the date of each device very soon!



Official List

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HTC Sensation


We have some good news for owners of the HTC Sensation smartphone. A press release has been published that says the HTC Sensation will get the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update soon. HTC does not give a specific date that the update will come, simply saying it will come out OTA soon. HTC also dropped information on a new version of the Sensation that is coming to the Netherlands.


The new version of the HTC Sensation will be identical hardware wise to the existing version and the difference will be that the new phone comes in an ice white color. That ice white color looks more like silver to me. The HTC press release says that the phone will land on March 1 in the Netherlands and will already be running Android 4.0 when it hits. There is no word on an official launch date in other countries.


White Sensation High-Res Photos



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Sensation XE White [Click to Enlarge]


The HTC Sensation already got a white version, Now its the Sensation XE turn to get a white version too. Good News that is Clove.co.uk is bringing it to the UK.


The HTC Sensation XE white is an Upgraded version of the Sensation and also the first phone to pack Beats audio and the iBeats headset. The iBeats headset alone costs a cool £54, so getting it in-the-box is good deal for sure.


Clove UK will sell the white HTC Sensation XE for £408 and you can pre-order it right now. The first units are expected to be in stock in the week which starts on February,20.



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This Month, HTC plans to update the Sensation family XE/XL/White, HTC will deliver the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 with HTC Sense 3.6 ( Screenshots below ) to all Sensation family devices instead of HTC sense 4.0 as it will remain exclusive to the HTC One Family.


Sense 3.6


This is disappointing news for Sensation owners, though Sense 3.6 at least offers some of the same features as 4.0. HTC has confirmed that not all of its phones will be seeing Sense 4.0, but it remains committed to bring "as many of the enhancements as possible" to its phones. HTC comment on this :


"HTC Sense brings a variety of new software enhancements to HTC One, some of which utilize the latest hardware innovations, meaning not all functionality can be introduced to older HTC Devices. With that said, we are looking to bring a Sense 4 software update that includes as many of the enhancements as possible to a variety of our new devices."



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HTC ICS


Reports from the XDA Forums confirms that HTC is rolling-out the ICS 4.0.3 Update OTA to HTC Sensation XE with HTC Sense 3.6.


ICS OTA


So far, we have received confirmation of the Android ICS 4.0.3 update being seeded to Sensation XE units in Germany and the Nordic countries, but we expect the rest of Europe to follow soon. Global availability is seems to be very soon.


ICS


You can check if the update is available for your region under Software Updates in the Settings menu. Keep in mind that the update requires a download of a file nearly 300MB in size, so you better use a Wi-Fi connection for the update.



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Sensation ICS Sense 3.6 Update



Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 update is already available for the HTC Sensation and Sensation XE smartphones. The new ROM is about 300MB in size and we suggest doing a backup before applying it.

 

 

ICS has been available in Germany and the Nordic region since March, while Malaysian users also got the update two weeks ago.



Since the beginning of April users from the UK, France and the Netherlands have reported getting the ICS update. We assume that more countries will be joining this list in the upcoming days. We can also confirm Sensations in Pakistan are being updated as well, so the update rollout should continue in Asia as well.


 

 

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HTC Sensation ICS


HTC promised with an ICS update to all sensation users. Today, HTC have started the official update rollout for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense UI 3.6 for the Sensation and Sensation XE in Middle-East and Egypt.


The update will bring you to Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and a new smoother UI HTC sense 3.6 which is the lite version of HTC sense 4.0, along with a tons of enhancements and new features. The update isn't a requirement, but is highly recommended by us, and HTC of course.



Sensation XL ICs update


HTC Sensation XL Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 Update is currently Rolling-out to all unlocked Sensation XL devices.


Sensation XL ICS Update


As you can notice from the screenshots above, the smartphone gets updated to ICS version 4.0.3 along with HTC Sense 3.6. That's pretty nice treatment for a device, whose hardware is a bit far from being cutting edge even by last year's standards.


To Update, Connect you XL device to Wifi and you will get a System Update Notification, Click Update and ENJOY!

 


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HTC Turkish branch went just confirmed through its Facebook page that 7 of the company smartphones will receive an Ice Cream Sandwich update this month and then took it down.

 

HTC ICS


The devices in question are the Sensation, Sensation XE, Sensation XL, Amaze 4G, Rezound, EVO Design 4G and Vidid. There is also a word on the HTC Thunderbolt, which should receive the ICS update by the end of Q1 of 2012.

 

 


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