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iPhone 4S Rival Alert: HTC Sensation Now Down To £360

It looks as if the launch of the iPhone 4S has caused competing handset manufacturers to drop their prices significantly ahead of the general availability of the handset.

The HTC Sensation has seen its price fall from £440 (a price that included a "free contract") to a more sensible £360 (at Ebuyer (opens in new tab)) within one month. Apart from the iPhone 4S, the release of the XE and the XL means that the original Sensation is now a mainstream rather than a top of the range handset.

It comes just a few days after we revealed that the prices of the Samsung Galaxy S2 fell to less than £400 and that the Motorola Atrix can be had for a mere £282.

The Sensation was the first smartphone from HTC to come with a 960x540 pixel screen with a 4.3-inch diagonal. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, 768MB RAM (less than its rivals' 1GB), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, up to seven hours battery life, 1GB onboard storage, a microSD card, DLNA compatibility, an eight megapixel camera with dual LED flash, 1080p recording capabilities and a VGA colour camera. As expected, the system runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense user interface pasted on top.

Désiré Athow

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 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.