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HTC iPhone 5 Rival Available Under £400

Apple is likely to face an uphill struggle with the launch of the iPhone 5 as most of the potential competitors of the handset are continuing to fall in price.

The latest handset with a dramatic price drop is the HTC Sensation, the top of the range handset from the Taiwanese manufacturer which is available SIM free from Amazon for as little as £398.99 excluding delivery.

The handset which was first listed on Amazon back in May 2011 had a suggested retail price of £500. The device comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, a 4.3-inch LCD screen with a 960x540 pixel capacitive touchscreen, an eight-megapixel camera with full HD recording capabilities, 768MB RAM, 1GB internal storage and a microSD card slot.

In addition, it features SRS virtual surround sound, DLNA compatibility, an FM radio, a 1520mAh lithium-ion battery, Bluetooth 3.0, a front facing VGA camera, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense UI and measures only 11.3mm thick.

Compared to the Galaxy S2, the Sensation lacks the storage capacity (the S2 has 16GB + a free microSD slot), falls short on the amount of memory (1GB vs 768MB) and the pixel count of the front facing camera but has a higher screen resolution compared to its Samsung rival.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.