The hotly anticipated HTC Sensation has launched on Vodafone and, thanks to new EU rules, is available on a 12-, 18- or 24-month contract. Prices on contract start at £199, while those willing to sign onto the two-year, £35-per-month contract will get the device for free. That particular tariff offers 900 minutes, unlimited texts, 750MB of data and up to 25MB of data in selected European countries thanks to Vodafone’s passport service. CNet reports that the SIM-free, off-contract price for the device is set at £500 but that that won't be available until next month.
Boasting a 4-inch touchscreen, the Sensation packs a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 768MB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and dual flash and 1080p video recording, a front facing camera for video conferencing, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, and support for micro-USB 2.0 and mobile HD video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI support. The whole thing runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with HTC's Sense UI on top.
Unfortunately, due to the (quite short) exclusivity Vodafone has been awarded, you’ll have to wait a little longer if you’re not willing to move networks for the device. 3UK, O2, Orange, and T-Mobile are expected to get the device at some point during the summer.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the HTC Sensation was based on Nvidia's dual-core Tegra 2 chipset. While the Sensation does boast a dual-core CPU, it is Qualcomm's MSM 8260 Snapdragon, and not the Tegra 2. Apologies for any confusion caused.