Alright, so the cat
may already be out of the bag (thank you, Vodafone!), but HTC still has a swanky London venue booked for today and the show, as they say, must go on. What's more, there's no reason to believe the 4.3-inch HTC Sensation will be the only thing announced at today's marquee event from the Taiwanese smartphone and tablet maker. More buddies for the Flyer
, perhaps? Unlikely, but weirder things have happened. Join us after the break for a little bit of good old liveblog action.
2:04PM That's all for now!
2:04PM Time to start making our way to the hands-on area. Hold tight, we'll have video for you.
2:03PM "With our broadest range of products, we're reaching to more and more consumers to help them enjoy smartphones."
2:03PM "As you can see, 2011 is shaping up to be another great year."
2:02PM We're going to try and get some more hands-on time with the Euro model.
2:02PM Things look to be wrapping up.
2:01PM On the Sensation, "it's fast, it's a beast."
2:01PM Now touting Vodafone's investments in 3G infrastructure. "We are putting in place the infrastructure, both technically and commercially" to facilitate the growth mentioned earlier.
1:59PM "A real revolution."
1:59PM Within the next two years, they expect at least 70 percent of cell phones to be smartphones.
1:59PM Vodafone passed a key milestone. £5 billion of mobile internet revenue. Mobile internet revenue has taken over SMS revenue for the company!
1:58PM Shockingly, he loves the product.
1:58PM A "very special guest" from Vodafone coming on stage, Patrick Chomet.
1:57PM Available across the rest of Europe and other partner carriers from June.
1:57PM Will be available first with Vodafone across their key markets in Europe starting from the middle of May.
1:56PM "A blazingly fast, beautiful smartphone with an unprecedented multimedia experience."
1:56PM Uses progressive downloading. "The moment you press play, the moment you start watching."
1:55PM You can rent movies or buy them. You can access them on other devices, such as the Flyer.
1:55PM HTC Watch is fully integrated into HTC Sense, so you get the best experience possible.
1:54PM "Watch delivers you a library of blockbuster titles straight to your fingerptips."
1:54PM HTC Sensation will be the first smartphone to feature HTC Watch.
1:53PM DLNA wireless streaming, as is almost standard with HTC these days.
1:52PM Stereo sound recording too. There's also a new video trimmer.
1:52PM Full 1080p HD video at 30 fps. Nice!
1:52PM Instant Capture feature on the camera promises truly instant shots.
1:51PM Better email, WiFi printing.
1:50PM "Launching apps is now twice as quick as before. And multitasking gets even better."
1:50PM Features a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon. "This chip is a monster!"
1:49PM Fancy new animations on the full-screen weather widget.
1:49PM "Weather is one of the top three things that people want to see on a phone."
1:49PM Also delivers "a beautiful new home screen."
1:48PM Basically, you can launch apps from the lockscreen. Yay!
1:48PM Dragging an app into the unlock circle and "you're straight there."
1:47PM "The most dramatic set of improvements to HTC Sense"... ever!
1:47PM 35 percent more pixels than a regular screen thanks to qHD resolution on the Super LCD display.
1:46PM "the first phone in the world to have countoured glass along the entire edge of the screen."
1:46PM "HTC Sensation embodies the very best of our famed design language."
1:45PM "More excited about this phone than any one we've ever launched before."
1:44PM Video demo time!
1:43PM And third of all, "it would have to give you an easy new way to experience and enjoy all your favorite content on your device."
1:43PM First, it'd have to look beautiful. Second of all, it'd have to have "top notch specs."
1:43PM "What would such a phone have to look like?"
1:43PM The challenge is in tying all these good things in a "fun, rich and easy way."
1:42PM The challenge is no longer just the hardware, or the network speed, or having enough content available.
1:41PM Another groundbreaking device... "video, music, games and reading books has become even more popular with consumers, turning their smartphones into pocket-sized multimedia centers."
1:40PM The HTC Flyer will go on sale from May 9th across Europe!
1:40PM Last week, HTC announced its best quarterly results ever.
1:39PM The Facebook phones, and the new S family. Namedrop for the Desire S going on sale in the UK in the last weekend. "Extremely strong" customer response.
1:39PM Starting off by recounting the MWC announcements.
1:38PM Here we go!
1:34PM Some crazily oversized telephoto lenses on show in the front of the crowd. Some photographers seem to be keen to get hands-on pics with Peter Chou as their model.
1:32PM Press conference will be starting in five minutes. Chilled music fills the air.