HTC's top of the range handset, the Sensation, has been freed from its Vodafone exclusivity and will be available from the mobile phone retailer from the 20th of June with customers invited to queue up for the preorder.
The phone is available for free from Orange for £40 monthly on a two year contract with 1200 minutes and 500MB data allowance or with 900 minutes and 750MB data allowance (with unlimited texts in both cases).
Vodafone also has a £25 package from MobilePhonesDirect that provides 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB data allowance.
Originally known as the Pyramid, the smartphone comes with a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, 768MB RAM, 1GB onboard storage and a 4.3-inch qHD screen, only the second phone to have this display resolution.
There's also a useful eight-megapixel rear camera with HD recording, AF and flash, a front facing camera for video conferencing, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense User Interface, a microSD card reader, Wi-Fi and more.
HTC however is trying to differentiate itself by bundling some of its own services like HTC Watch which allows the users to purchase content from a library of films and shows; it is however a poor substitute for Apple iTunes.