HTC Sensation, the flagship smartphone from HTC, which stole the thunder away from Nokia’s launch of X6 and X7 is sailing to Indian shores. It could be available in India as soon as May. The price of the phone isn’t available yet, but as per the chatter we are picking it should be priced between Rs. 30000 and Rs. 35000.
LG did it, Samsung did it and HTC should do it. In a true smartphone wars the launch of a new ultra fast device will last as long as your competitor thinks it should. Late last year LG launched first dual core phone. Early this year Samsung followed it up. Now it’s HTC’s turn. Like everyone guessed, in a span of four months we have three dual-core phones.
HTC Sensation is a dual-core phone powered by 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, a humungous 4.3 inch Super LCD touch screen, 8 megapixel camera which can shoot HD videos at 30fps and an all new HTC Sense UI- The skin over Android 2.3. All other hygiene factors which are expected to be present are present.
HTC Sensation is loaded with HTC Watch a way to watch Hollywood movies directly. It would be interesting to see if this app will be enabled for HTC’s Indian customers.
The 4G conundrum
HTC Sensation is being branded as HTC Sensation 4G in some parts of the world. There won’t be any hardware modifications for it to sell in India. It will be sold as-is which means we will be having our first 4G phone in India. Though it sounds exciting, it is anything but exciting. The reason : 3G haven’t really taken off as it should and 4G network is yet to be rolled out. Reliance Industries which kind of have a monopoly over 4G network will call the shots. Though we can expect faster execution from Reliance, TRAI had made things a little ambiguous. Reliance doesn’t have a license for voice. On a 4G network, you can send voice as well as data, though it is primarily designed for data. Would Reliance be selling voice too on the network? Would it banned for sending voice on its network? If yes, what kind of devices are we looking for? A data only device sure looks a boring thing.
Leaving the 4G conundrum aside, HTC Sensation is quite a phone to compete with LG Optimus X2 and Samsung Galaxy SII. Who will win the ultimate race? We will find it out in the next 6 months.