Difference Between HTC Sensation 4G and Thunderbolt

HTC Sensation 4G vs HTC Thunderbolt – Full Specs Compared

HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Thunderbolt are two amazing Android smartphones from HTC with 4.3″ display. HTC sensation 4G is a dual core phone tied up with T-Mobile and HTC Thunderbolt is with Verizon’s 4G-LTE network. HTC Sensation (earlier rumored as HTC Pyramid) is compatible with WCDMA/HSDPA (14.4Mbps) networks and Thunderbolt is the first 4G-LTE phone, compatible with CDMA EvDO Rev.A/4G-LTE networks. HTC Sensation has 4.3″ qHD (960 x 540) TFT LCD display with 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor and runs the latest Android 2.3.2 (Gingerbread). While HTC Thunderbolt has 4.3″ WVGA (800 x 480) TFT LCD display with 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon processor and runs Android 2.2.1 (Froyo), which is upgradeable to Android Gingerbread. Both the phones run skinned Android with HTC Sense UI for user experience. However HTC Sensation runs the improved version of the Sense UI, which gives a fresh look to the phone and has many additional multimedia features.Talking about the other differences, it’s a plain fact that HTC Sensation is a 1.2 GHz dual core phone while HTC Thunderbolt has 1GHz single core processor, anyhow HTC Thunderbolt is considered true 4G phone. Also HTC Thunderbolt has huge storage capacity than Sensation. It has 8GB internal memory with pre installed 32 GB microSD card. While it’s only 1GB + 8GB microSD card in HTC Sensation. Kickstand is an additional feature in Thunderbolt.

HTC Sensation 4G

HTC Sensation 4G is the US version of HTC Sensation (previously known as HTC Pyramid). If you are desirous of the latest Android based smartphone with a large display that is also fast and efficient in performance, HTC Sensation is another choice for you. This is a high performing smartphone that is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor and features a huge 4.3” qHD display at a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels using Super LCD technology. The processor is a second generation Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon chipset (same processor used in Evo 3D) that consists of 1.2 GHz dual core Scopion CPU and Adreno 220 GPU, which will deliver high speed and performance efficiency while eating less power.

Running on the latest Android 2.3.2 (Gingerbread) with the new HTC Sense 3.0 UI, it gives a pleasing user experience. The new Sense UI gives a fresh look to the home screen and has included instant capture camera, multi window browsing with quick look up tool, customizable active lockscreen, 3D transitions and an immersive experience with the weather application.

This amazing phone has 768 MB RAM and 1 GB internal memory (8GB supplied on microSD card for certain countries). Internal memory can be expanded up to 32 GB using micro SD cards.

The smartphone is a dual camera device having an 8 MP camera with dual LED flash at the back that is capable of shooting HD videos at 1080p. With the instant capture camera feature introduced with the new Sense UI, you can capture the photo the moment you press the button. It also has a front 1.2 MP camera that allows users to video chat/call. Rear camera has features of face/smile detection and geo tagging. It offers surround sound experience with hi-fi audio technology. For instant media sharing it has HDMI (HDMI cable required) and also it is DLNA certified. HTC Sensation has access to HTC’s new HTC Watch video service for premium movies and TV shows.

It is the 1.2 GHz processor that makes all the difference which is felt when browsing. For connectivity, Sensation is Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP and compatible with 3G WCDMA/HSPA networks.

The phone is available with T-Mobile and for online shoppers it’s with Amazon and BestBuy.

HTC Sensation – First Look

HTC Thunderbolt

The HTC Thunderbolt with 4.3 inches WVGA display is made powerful to support the 4G speed with 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor in tandem with MDM9600 modem for multimode network support and 768 MB RAM. This handset has 8megapixel camera with dual LED flash, 720p HD video recording in the rear and 1.3megapixel camera in the front for video calling. The phone runs on Android 2.2 (upgradeable to 2.3) with HTC Sense 2 that offers fast boot and enhanced personalization option and new camera effects. HTC Sense has enhanced camera application with many camera features like full screen viewfinder, touch focus, onscreen access to camera adjustments and effects. The other features include HTC locations with on-demand mapping (service depend on the carrier),

HTC Thunderbolt has a huge storage capacity with 8 GB internal memory and preinstalled 32 GB microSD card.The built in kickstand for handsfree media viewing is another useful feature in Thunderbolt.

Qualcomm claims that they are the industry first to release LTE/3G Multimode Chipsets. 3G multimode is required for ubiquitous data coverage and voice services. With 4.3 inches WVGA display, high speed processor, 4G speed, Dolby Surround Sound, DLNA streaming and kickstand for hands free viewing HTC Thunderbolt will give you the pleasure of live music environment.

HTC Thunderbolt has integrated Skype mobile with video calling, you can make video call easily like a standard voice call. And with the mobile hotspot capability you can share your 4G connection with 8 other Wi-Fi enabled devices.

The featured applications on Thunderbolt include 4G LTE optimized apps such as EAs Rock Band, Gamelofts Lets Golf! 2, Tunewiki and Bitbop. It has integrated e-reader that support text search from Wikipedia, Google, Youtube or dictionary. Browsing is made enjoyable with features like magnifier, quick look up to look for a word, Wikipedia search, Google search, YouTube search, Google translate and Google dictionary. You can add a new window for browsing or move from one to another windows by zooming in and out. It also offers a good music player, which is better than the standard Android music player. Surprisingly it is not included for htcsense.com online service.

In US, HTC Thunderbolt has an exclusive tie up with Verizon. HTC Thunderbolt is the first 4G phone to run on Verizons 4G-LTE network (Network support LTE 700, CDMA EvDO Rev.A). Verizon promises 5 to 12 Mbps download speeds and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage area. Verizon is offering Thunderbolt for $250 on a new two year contract. Customers have to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a 4G LTE data package. Nationwide Talk plans starts from $39.99 monthly access and an unlimited 4G LTE data plan begins at $29.99 monthly access. Mobile hotspot is included through May 15 for no additional charge.

Comparison of Specifications
HTC Sensation 4G vs HTC ThunderBolt
 DesignHTC Sensation 4GHTC ThunderBolt
Form FactorCandy BarCandy bar
KeyboardOn-screenOn-screen
Dimension126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm (4.96 x 2.57 x 0.44 in)122 x 66 x 13 mm (4.8 x 2.6 x 0.52 in)
Weight149 g (5.22oz)164 g (5.78 oz)
Body ColorBlackBlack
 DisplayHTC Sensation 4GHTC ThunderBolt
Size4.3 inches4.3”
ResolutionqHD 960 x 540 pixelsWVGA, 800×480 pixels
Features16M color, Capacitive multi--touch
SensorsGyro Sensor, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light SensorAccelerometer, Compass, G-Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor
 Operating SystemHTC Sensation 4GHTC ThunderBolt
PlatformAndroid 2.3.2Android 2.2 + HTC Sense
UIHTC Sense 3.0HTC Sense
BrowserAndroid WebKitAndroid WebKit, full HTML
Java/Adobe FlashAndroid 10.2Adobe Flash Player 10.1
 ProcessorHTC Sensation 4GHTC ThunderBolt
ModelDual core Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon, Adreno 220 GPUQualcomm MSM 8655 Snapdragon, Qualcomm MDM 9600
Speed1.2 GHz Dual core1 GHz
 MemoryHTC Sensation 4GHTC ThunderBolt
RAM768 MB768 MB
Included1 GB + 8GB microSD card included8GB + 32GB microSD card included
ExpansionUp to 32GB with microSD card (SD 2.0)128 GB using SDXC cards
 CameraHTC Sensation 4GHTC ThunderBolt
Resolution8 MP8 megapixel
FlashDual LEDDual LED flash
Focus, ZoomAuto, DigitalAuto, Digital zoom
Video CaptureHD 1080p@25fps720p high definition resolution.
FeaturesStereo sound recording, Instant capture cameraDual mic with active noise cancelaltion, Geotagging, Face detection
Secondary camera1.2 MP VGAAccelerometer, Compass, G-Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor
 EntertainmentHTC Sensation 4GHTC ThunderBolt
AudioSRS Virtual Surround Sound, Hi-Fi Audio, File Formats: AAC, AMR, OGG, M4A, MID, MP3, WAV, WMA 9Dolby Surround Sound,
Video3GP, 3G2, MP4, WMV 9, AVI, XviD
GamingGameloft’s Let’s Golf! 2
FM RadioYes
 BatteryHTC Sensation 4GHTC ThunderBolt
Type Capacity1520 mAhLi-ion 1400 mAh
Talktime495 min (2G), 400 min (3G)Up to 378 min
Standby350 hours (2G0, 400 hours (3G)Up to 330 hours
 Mail and MessagingHTC Sensation 4GHTC ThunderBolt
MailPOP3/IMAP Gmail, Email,IMAP, POP3, SMTP
MessagingSMS, MMS, IM (Google talk)SMS,MMS,Beluga,Goole Talk
 ConnectivityHTC Sensation 4GHTC ThunderBolt
Wi-Fi802.11 b/g/n802.11 (b/g/n)
Wi-Fi HotspotYesUp to 8 devices
Bluetoothv3.0 supports A2DP for headset, FTP/OPP for file transfer, PBAP2.1+ EDR, 3.0 Ready
USB2.0 High SpeedUSB 2.0
HDMIYes (HDMI cable required)Yes
DLNAYesYes
 Location ServiceHTC Sensation 4GHTC ThunderBolt
MapsGoogle MapsGoogle Maps Navigation (Beta)
GPSInternal GPS AntennaA-GPS
Lost-Theft ProtectionHTCsense.com, My Lookout AppWith 3rd party application lookout
 Network SupportHTC Sensation 4GHTC ThunderBolt
2G/3GGSM, GPRS, EDGE / WCDMA, HSUPA(5.76bps),HSDPA(14.4Mbps)CDMA EvDO Rev.A
4GNoLTE 700
 ApplicationsHTC Sensation 4GHTC ThunderBolt
AppsAndroid MarketAndroid Market, Google Mobile Service
Social NetworksFacebook, Twitter, Friend Stream, YouTube, FlickrFacebook
Voice CallingSkypeSkype,Viber,Vonage
Video CallingSkype, Qik, TangoSkype,Tango
FeaturedHTC Watch service, Printing over Wi-FiEA’s Rock Band, Gameloft’s Let’s Golf! 2, Tunewiki and Bitbop.
 Business MobilityHTC Sensation 4GHTC ThunderBolt
Remote VPNCisco Anyconnect, Juniper JunOS PulseYes
Corporate MailActive SyncYes, Microsoft Exchange Active Sync
Corporate DirectoryCISCO JabberYes with CISCO Jabber
Video ConferencingCisco WebExCISCO WebEx
Other FeaturesJoin.Me, GoToMeeting
 SecurityHTC Sensation 4GHTC ThunderBolt
 HTCsense.com, My Lookout App from Android MarketPassword protected screen,3rd party application to locate lost phone or theft. (Lookout)
 Additional FeaturesHTC Sensation 4GHTC ThunderBolt
 HTC Watch service for premium movie and TV showsFirst 4G-LTE Phone, Integrated Skype Mobile with video calling, DLNA, Kick stand

  • BMG

    its to my understanding , the thunderbolt does NOT have HDMI capabilities. Am I wrong?

    • Edwardanderso1

      That’s what I thought

  • ash3s

    So Sensation is better! :)