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HTC Sensation

HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XE
HTC Sensation
Brand HTC
Manufacturer HTC Corporation
Compatible networks GSM/GPRS/EDGE
850 900 1800 1900 MHz
850 1900 2100 or 900 1700 2100 MHz
HSDPA 14.4 Mbps
HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
First released May 19, 2011; 9 years ago (2011-05-19) (Vodafone)
Predecessor HTC Desire HD
Successor HTC One X
Related HTC Amaze 4G, HTC Rezound
HTC Raider 4G
Type Smartphone
Form factor Slate
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Operating system Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0
Upgradable to 4.0.3 with HTC Sense 3.6
5.0.2 with custom ROM
System on chip Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8260
CPU Sensation 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Scorpion
Sensation XE 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Scorpion
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 220
Memory 768 MB RAM
Storage 4 GB (1 GB user accessible)
Removable storage 8 GB microSD 2.0, (up to 64 GB SDXC)
Battery Sensation 1520 mAh internal rechargeable li-ion, removable
Sensation XE 1730 mAh
Data inputs A-GPS, ambient light sensor, digital compass, G-sensor, gyroscope, multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, proximity sensor
Display Script error: No such module "convert". capacitive S-LCD Gorilla glass touch screen with qHD (540×960) resolution at 256.15 PPI
Rear camera 8-megapixel (3264×2448) with autofocus and dual LED flash, 1080p HD (only 720p HD on XL) video recording @ 30 frame/s with tap-to-focus and digital zoom (sensor: 1/3.2" Samsung S5K3H1GX)[1]
Front camera VGA fixed-focus color camera (0.3-megapixel)
Connectivity 3.5 mm TRRS jack, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, FM stereo receiver (87.5-108 MHz) with RDS, Micro USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Other USB and Wi-Fi tethering, HTC Sense v3.0 user interface (v3.5 on the XL edition)
References [2][3][4][5]

The HTC Sensation is a smartphone designed and manufactured by HTC Corporation that runs the Android 2.3 Gingerbread software stock.[2] Officially announced by HTC on April 12, 2011, the HTC Sensation was launched by Vodafone in key European markets including the United Kingdom on May 19, 2011[6] and by T-Mobile in the United States on June 12, 2011 (marketed as the HTC Sensation 4G).[7] It was HTC's fifth flagship Android phone[8] and the first HTC phone to support the HTC Sense 3.0 user interface. At the time of its release, the Sensation XE was the world's fastest Android phone.[9]


Two HTC Sensations displaying front and back

The device shipped with Android 2.3.3 and includes HTC Sense 3.0 UI.[10]

The device is a part of a new generation of HTC phones that have a signed bootloader. As a consequence, the phones were originally not rootable, thus denying users administrative rights to their phones.[11] The HTC Sensation was initially released with a locked bootloader.[11] Since announcing on July 10, 2011, all HTC Sensation and Sensation 4G have had its bootloader unlocked due to the overwhelming customer feedback since the device's initial release.[12][13]

On July 29, 2011, a tool named Revolutionary was released by AlphaRevX and unrevoked which can enable S-off, and subsequently, allow permanent root.[14]

Since August 2011, HTC officially allows unlocking HTC Sensation bootloaders at the website.[15]


In the beginning of March 2012, HTC started updating their devices to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.[16] A combination of special procedure and new tool makes it possible to obtain S-off after the new ICS bootloader installed.[17]

HTC decided to fork their Sense user interface, leaving Sensation owners with Sense 3.6 (when they update to ICS), as opposed to getting Sense 4.0 (the version shipping with units that come with stock ICS).[citation needed]

The phone is upgradeable to Android 5.0 with custom ROMs.[18]


HTC Sensation XE

On September 14, 2011, HTC released the Extended Edition (XE) of the HTC Sensation in Europe under the name HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio.[19] The Sensation XE provides the following performance improvements: Dual core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz (up from 1.2 GHz on the stock Sensation), a 1500mAh and 1730mAh battery, and Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) OS with HTC Sense 3.0. The Sensation XE features Beats Audio support, and can be easily recognized from its red speaker, buttons, and rear camera, and the Beats logo. Included inside the box is also urbeats earphones, a renamed and redesigned iBeats headphone.[19]

HTC Sensation XL

Main article: HTC Sensation XL

On October 6, 2011, HTC released Sensation XL running with HTC Sense 3.5 UI with Beats Audio (XL stands for extra large with reference to its larger 4.7-inch screen).

See also


  1. ^ Klug, Brian (2011-07-01). "HTC Sensation 4G Review - A Sensational Smartphone". Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  2. ^ a b HTC Corporation 2011.
  3. ^ 2011.
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  5. ^ Wollman 2011.
  6. ^ Krause, Kevin (May 4, 2011). "HTC Sensation Vodafone Pre-Order Gives May 19 UK Ship Date". Phandroid. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ Hanlon, Tim (June 1, 2011). "T-Mobile announces a price and release date for the HTC Sensation 4G". Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ Nield, David. "Path of the One". TechRadar. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  9. ^ July 10, 2013 8:30 pm (2011-11-16). "World's fastest Android Phone | HTC Sensation XE 4g review | TTC | Tech-check | SEO | Reviews| Gadgets| Technology". Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  10. ^ Healey, Nic (August 19, 2011). "Review: HTC Sensation dual-core smartphone". ITnews. Haymarket Media. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "HTC Sensation Comes with Locked Bootload". Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  12. ^ Gunther, Cory (26 May 2011). "Breaking: HTC to unlock all bootloaders [Update: Only on Future Devices]". Android Community. R3 Media Network. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "HTC lays out timeline for unlocked bootloaders on Sensation, Sensation 4G, and EVO 3D". Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Revolutionary". Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Unlock Bootloader". HTCdev. HTC Corp. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  16. ^ "HTC Sensation 4.0 Update live". Intomobile. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  17. ^ How To S-OFF, Root, Flash CWM Recovery On HTC Sensation With HBoot 1.27.0000
  18. ^ "[ROM][Android 4.4.4/5.0] CyanogenMod11/12 by ivanich [3.4Kernel][Up-To-Date][Stable] [December 29, 2014]". XDA Forums. XDA. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  19. ^ a b "HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio". Retrieved October 4, 2011. 

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