An Improved Lockscreen
"Sharper graphics, smoother animations and new widgets from the HTC Sense surface look better than ever before," writes HTC. The new phone also features a customizable active lockscreen featuring a real-time content, such as social updates, photos, weather or stock updates that can be viewed by simply turning on the display. You can also jump directly from the lockscreen to the most popular applications, so there are no time-wasting detours to sending e-mails or taking pictures. One question: how will the lockscreen now be able to prevent unintentional openings of applications? Update: You have to drag the apps a bit to open them, but it's not as laborous as it sounds.
Full Attention To Digital Content - HTC Watch
The Sensation will also feature a new program called HTC Watch, which will display the "latest, premium movies and TV shows right at your fingertips, letting people discover the latest video content in an easy and visually engaging way" (!) The program also uses "progressive download technology" that makes it possible to watch videos without waiting for them to download first. Renting will be an option and, and if purchased, the movie or piece of music will be available across five different devices.
This may seem to be a side note to many, but I think HTC will have a large affect on the industry with this Watch app. Offering innovative ways to enjoy digitial content was what made the iTunes, and later the iPhone, such a powerful player and, with HTC Watch, the company is betting that a well thought-out digital media system will help these babies sell like hot cakes. The plan just might work...never underestimate the power of digital media!
Availability of the HTC Sensation
It looks like the HTC Sensation will initially be sold exclusively in Europe by Vodafone. Marketing launch will happen the second quarter of 2011. UPDATE: The phone will be released in the U.S. this summer on T-Mobile.
Video of the phone in action and more press photos below!