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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) 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.