HTC Sensation: first look and picture gallery

Nothing turns heads at Thinq_ Towers like a shiny new bit of technology - and they don't come much shinier, or newer, than HTC's Sensation smartphone.

This big-screen beauty of a handset landed at our office this week and, being a bunch of inveterate geeks, we couldn't resist the opportunity to have a play.

ARM-based chip maker Qualcomm rather spilled the beans on the Sensation (previously code-named 'Pyramid') earlier in the year, when it let slip that the phone would be powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor. Backed by 768MB of RAM, the sprightly chip helps menus and apps zip along in the Sensation's Android 2.3 'Gingerbread' operating system.

What users will notice first, though, is the positively huge (well, for a handheld device) 4.3in multi-touch display, which boasts a resolution of 960x540 - almost a match for the 960x640 pixels of Apple's iPhone 4.

At the top right you'll see the Sensation's front-facing VGA resolution cameras for video calls - but lurking around the back is an 8-megapixel camera for snapshots and Full HD 1080p video.

The handset also sees a first outing for the updated version 3.0 of HTC's Sense interface - and very pretty it is too. This adds a few clever features including a lock screen that you can drag up to four widgets onto, so that they launch as soon as the phone is unlocked, providing you with instant access. There's also a rather nifty 3D 'carousel' transition between home screens, and access to HTC's new movie rental service, Watch.

Feast your eyes on the HTC's sleek curves in the images below, and don't forget to check out a full review of the handset, appearing on our sister site IT Reviews on Monday.