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A first look at the HTC Sensation

Perhaps the highlight of the Gadget Show Live event at the NEC this week was the launch of the long-awaited dual-core Sensation from HTC, demonstrated by the chaps at Expansys - and thinq_ was on hand to give the gadget a run-through.

Featuring an impressive 1.2GHz dual-core processor, the HTC Sensation - formerly known as the HTC Pyramid - is one of the fastest smartphones around, matching the Samsung Galaxy S II in terms of raw power. Sadly, the company has cut a few corners on the storage, offering a mere 4GB of internal flash - although we have been informed by those who know that the device will include an 8GB SD card in the box.

The rear camera is an eight-megapixel unit capable of capturing high-resolution stills and 1080p video, while a second 1.2 megapixel camera on the rear is used for video calling. The Sensation runs Android 2.3 'Gingerbread' under the hood - Google's latest smartphone platform variant - and includes HTC Sense UI 3.0, which adds a new unlock screen and 3D animations to the interface.

The 4.3-inch touch-screen display is bright and clear, and features a 16:9 aspect ratio - making it perfect for watching films on the go. With all this power and a gorgeous screen, however, we can't help but be a little concerned about the battery life - and that's something that wasn't up for discussion during the demo.

The HTC Sensation is expected to launch in May in partnership with Vodafone, but pricing was not discussed - however, you can likely expect it to hit the wrong side of £500 for a SIM-free model.

To see the new HTC Sensation put through its paces, check out the exclusive hands-on video on our sister site,