HTC’s upcoming One S and One X Android smartphones will ship with Android 4.0 – aka Ice Cream Sandwich – onboard; but by the time they arrive on store shelves, they may not be the only HTC offerings with the latest version of Google’s mobile OS.
The company has just announced on its blog that Android 4.0 is coming to no less than 16 of its current smartphones, including popular devices like the DROID Incredible 2 and the Thunderbolt. This isn’t really news. What is news, though, is that the updates will begin rolling out “in the next few weeks.”
According to the post, the Sensation series – including the Sensation 4G – will be the first HTC handsets to get ICS, with other models to follow. As always, U.S. carriers may slow the update process, so patience will be required.
View a full list of the HTC smartphones scheduled for Android 4 updates after the jump.
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Third-party retailers usually offer substantial savings over the carrier-direct price on new smartphones a week or two after release, so it’s odd to see a device continue to sell for its initial asking price a month or two after hitting the stores.
But that’s exactly what’s happening with the T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G, one of our favorite Android smartphones currently sold. The Sensation 4G debuted at $249 (which is still the T-Mobile out-the-door price), though the carrier is now offering a $50 mail-in rebate, bringing the final price to $199. And while we can’t point you in the direction of a retailer offering a lower price, we can save you the hassle of the whole rebate round-and-round.
Amazon.com has the Sensation 4G for $199 for new T-Mobile two-year contracts as well as eligible contract renewals. Two-day shipping is also free.
Update: We’ve been informed that Wirefly.com has the Sensation 4G for $129, good for new accounts and contract renewals. Thanks P!
T-Mobile has released the HTC Sensation 4G, the latest Android phone from the carrier.
The HTC Sensation 4G runs Android 2.3 and HTC’s latest version of its Sense UI overlay. Features include a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon CPU, a 4.3-inch SLCD touchscreen display, an 8MP camera with 1080p video recording, and HSPA+ “4G” wireless data support.
T-Mobile’s price for the Sensation 4G with a two-year contract is $249. For a limited time you can save an additional $50 with the coupon code SENSATION50 when you purchase with a new contract from T-Mobile online.
LetsTalk.com has the phone for $149 with a new two-year contract, currently the best price available.
Several online news sources have already reviewed the new phone including BGR, SlashGear and PCWorld.com.
You can also download and view the HTC Sensation 4G User Manual [PDF] if you’d like to check it out.
Along with the Motorola Bionic, we have a new Android superphone to look forward to this summer: the HTC Sensation 4G.
The 4.3-inch screened smartphone will run Android 2.3 and sport a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor with nearly 800MB of RAM. The onboard 8MP camera can shoot 1080p HD video at 30fps. The Sensation will also sport an array of sensors including proximity, light, a digital compass, an accelerometer and a gyroscope.
The HTC Sensation will work with T-Mobile’s high speed “4G’” network (where available) for download speeds up to 14Mbps. HTC Watch, a new service from HTC, will allow users to rent or purchase movies for mobile viewing on up to five HTC devices.
No word yet on exact availability or pricing, but T-Mobile will introduce the smartphone in the summer months, likely June or July.
Full press release below.
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