HTC Sensation

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HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XE
ManufacturerHTC Corporation
Compatible networksGSM/GPRS/EDGE
850 900 1800 1900 MHz
850 1900 2100 or 900 1700 2100 MHz
HSDPA 14.4 Mbps
HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
First releasedMay 19, 2011; 10 years ago (2011-05-19) (Vodafone)
PredecessorHTC Desire HD
SuccessorHTC One X (by range)
HTC One S (by size)
RelatedHTC Amaze 4G, HTC Rezound
HTC Raider 4G
Form factorSlate
Dimensions126.1 mm (4.96 in) H
65.4 mm (2.57 in) W
11.3 mm (0.44 in) D
Mass148 g (5.2 oz)
Operating systemAndroid 2.3.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0
Upgradable to 4.0.3 with HTC Sense 3.6
7.1.2 with custom ROM
System on chipQualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8260
CPUSensation 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Scorpion
Sensation XE 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Scorpion
GPUQualcomm Adreno 220
Memory768 MB RAM
Storage4 GB (1 GB user accessible)
Removable storage8 GB microSD 2.0, (up to 64 GB SDXC)
BatterySensation 1520 mAh internal rechargeable li-ion, removable
Sensation XE 1730 mAh
Data inputsA-GPS, ambient light sensor, digital compass, G-sensor, gyroscope, multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, proximity sensor
Display4.3 in (110 mm) capacitive S-LCD Gorilla glass touch screen with qHD (540×960) resolution at 256.15 PPI
Rear camera8-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 cameraVGA fixed-focus color camera (0.3-megapixel)
Connectivity3.5 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
OtherUSB and Wi-Fi tethering, HTC Sense v3.0 user interface (v3.5 on the XL edition)

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 was 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] Despite originally being shipped with the locked bootloader,[11] it was announced on July 10, 2011, that HTC Sensation devices would have their bootloaders unlocked due to 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 enabled S-off, and subsequently, allowed permanent root.[14]

In August 2011, HTC officially allowed unlocking HTC Sensation bootloaders at the website.[15]


In the beginning of March 2012, HTC updated their devices to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.[16] The update re-locked the bootloader, but developers found a procedure that made it possible to obtain S-off after the new ICS bootloader installed.[17]

HTC decided to fork their Sense user interface, leaving Sensation owners who updated to ICS with the Sense 3.6 interface, as opposed to getting Sense 4.0, which came with newer phones.[18]

The phone can be upgraded to Android 7.1.2 with a custom ROM but development has stopped as the device is currently considered obsolete.[19]


HTC Sensation XE[edit]

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.[20] The Sensation XE had a faster dual core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz (up from 1.2 GHz on the stock Sensation), a 1500mAh and 1730mAh battery, and shipped with Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) OS with HTC Sense 3.0. The Sensation XE featured a red speaker, buttons, rear camera, and the Beats logo to differentiate it from older Sensations. It included urbeats earphones, a renamed and redesigned iBeats headphone.[20]

HTC Sensation XL[edit]

On October 6, 2011, HTC released Sensation XL with a larger 4.7 inch screen running HTC Sense 3.5 with Beats Audio.

See also[edit]


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  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. ^ "World's fastest Android Phone | HTC Sensation XE 4g review | TTC | Tech-check | SEO | Reviews| Gadgets| Technology". 2011-11-16. Archived from the original on July 3, 2013. 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". Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  14. ^ "Revolutionary". Revolutionary. Archived from the original on March 17, 2016. Retrieved August 3, 2011.
  15. ^ "Unlock Bootloader". HTCdev. HTC Corp. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
  16. ^ "HTC Sensation 4.0 Update live". Intomobile. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  17. ^ "Unlimited.IO". 2014-02-16. Archived from the original on February 16, 2014. Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  18. ^ Hall, Chris (2020-04-25). "HTC Sense 3.6 vs Sense 4.0: What's the difference? - Pocket-lin". Archived from the original on 2020-04-25. Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  19. ^ "[ROM][Android 7.1] LineageOS-14.1 by ivanich [3.4Kernel]". XDA Forums. XDA. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  20. ^ a b "HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio". Archived from the original on October 11, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2011.

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