HTC Sensation 4G

Dana Wollman at Engadget:

We’ve known about the so-called HTC Pyramid for months, long before the Vodafone leak this morning. Now the long-rumored Android phone is official and coming to T-Mobile under the moniker HTC Sensation 4G. As expected, it matches many of the EVO 3D’s specs, including a 4.3-inch (540 x 960) Super LCD screen, dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, and Android Gingerbread (2.3) with Sense 3.0. But it one ups the 3D handset by bumping the rear lens’ resolution to 8 megapixels, throwing in a second LED flash, and speeding up the video frame rate to 30fps at max 1080p resolution.

Quarter Full HD or qFHD should be the term for 960×540. Instead it’s qHD for some reason. Such is the almost non-sensical nature of display jargon. The 4.3-inch packing 960×540 pixels lead to a resolution of 256 ppi. Of course the comparison to the class-leading 3.5-inch Retina Display on the iPhone 4 must be made. With a pixel format of 960×640 on a relatively small display, but perfect in my opinion, the iPhone 4’s IPS LCD has a 326 ppi resolution. The 326-ppi Retina Display is only a Retina Display when held at about 12 inches from your eyes, so you can get the same effect with the HTC Sensation 4G by holding it farther.

1080p HD content is displayed at 30fps. That sounds good and all, but that glorious 1920×1080 HD content is going look more like 960×540. Just a guess. What I’d like to see in the very near future is a pixel format of 1280×720 on the displays. That way we can capture 720p video and display it without monkeying around with scaling, resulting in some very good HD video quality.