Bellevue, Wash. - T-Mobile plans mid-June availability of a superphone-class smartphone with more processing power than its current smartphones.
The HTC Sensation 4G, available exclusively on T-Mobile's network at $199, will be the carrier's first phone with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and first with 4.3-inch screen. It features HSPA+ 4G technology with theoretical peak download speeds of 14.4Mbps.
The touchscreen-only device, which runs on the latest Android OS version (Gingerbread 2.3), is expected to be available as early as June 12 in select Walmart stores and by June 15 in T-Mobile's direct channels and select national retailers and dealers.
The device features 4.3-inch 950x540 qHD display, aluminum unibody construction, and a variety of entertainment features, including access to the HTC Watch service to download movies and TV shows for purchase or rental. Other entertainment services include the brand new HTC Listen service, which enables over-the-air music downloads, and the T-Mobile TV service for streaming of live TV programs an on-demand TV.
"Its dual-core processor and qHD screen place it firmly in the superphone class, but its sleek machined aluminum housing and contoured display give it an in-hand feel unlike any superphone that has come before it," said HTC Americas president Jason Mackenzie.
Other features include DLNA compatibility, Qik video chats over cellular and Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, and 8-megapixel rear-facing camera/camcorder with 1080p video capture, dual LED flash, digital zoom and auto-focus. The front-facing camera is VGA-quality.
The phone also incorporates FM radio, SRS virtual surround for surround-sound listening through headphones, Trace for easy text input, visual voicemail, a pre-installed 8GB microSD card, 1GB of embedded memory, Adobe Flash Player, and a music player.