Over the next few months, there's going to be a ridiculous amount of jockeying for the title of "World's Most Powerful Cellphone." This week's contender is the long-rumored HTC "Pyramid," which is now officially the HTC Sensation, coming from T-Mobile sometime this summer on its HSPA Plus 4G network. I got a look at it briefly yesterday.
Inside the Sensation (a name ensured to tempt punningly clever copy writers, a temptation I'll try to resist) are dual 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processors, topping the 1 GHz dual engines inside the suddenly passé Motorola Atrix. Of course, the processor speed is no indication of true power, but we love the competitive numbers game. It'll be running Android v2.3 Gingerbread for those of you keeping score at home.
Sensation also has a sensational (damn it!) 4.3-inch qHD 960 x 540 pixel screen, a deep and crisp display that's a perfect 16:9, which means no letterboxing while watching modern widescreen movies. Speaking of today's modern widescreen movies, the phone will come pre-loaded with "Watch," HTC's new pay-as-you-go video-on-demand service with progressive download - the movie will start playing before it's completely downloaded. (Extra points for naming the movie in the still.)
Also remarkable about Sensation (is that a pun? I can't tell anymore) is its girth, or lack thereof. It's just .44-inch thin and 5.2 ounces vs. HTC's 4G LTE Thunderbolt at .51 inches thick and 5.8 ounces. HTC slimmed down Sensation's depth by spreading the antenna components around the back cover, which actually is more like a cradle, as you can see in one of the photos.
Sensation's other advanced attributes are an 8 GB rear camera with dual LED flash, the now per usual VGA front camera, and plays back 1080p video, although on such a small screen you'd hardly notice - no, check that - you WOULDN'T notice if the video was only 720p. But there is an MHL HDMI jack - when connected to compatible MHL HDTVs (of which there are none at the moment) your Sensation's battery will recharge while playing back HDMI footage. A more critical negative - you get only 4 GB of internal memory, although Sensation will come with a pre-loaded 8 GB microSD card.
But the Sensation is thin, powerful and gives good display. Everyone else, your move.