Samsung Galaxy S II Vs. HTC Sensation: The Real Clash

Samsung Galaxy S II Vs. HTC Sensation

Are you planning to buy a powerful Android smartphone available in the market right now? Not able to decide between the HTC Sensation handset and the Samsung Galaxy S II handset ? We will help you in this critical case. Read on.

In terms of the specs and the hardware both the handsets can be treated as Super phones. Both of these devices have taken a huge jump over the flagship Android phones of last year, and will impress you with their awesome ground breaking performances for sure. But the Samsung Galaxy S II is the best Android smartphone yet, and it has held the performance crown of the smartphone world, reportedly beating the performance benchmarks of every other phone till the date.

Before going into the comparison table, let me first take you through the specifications of these two handsets. And yeah, don’t forget to visit the following articles.

Samsung Galaxy S II Review – Gadgetian.
Samsung Galaxy S II Full Specifications.
HTC Sensation Full Specifications.

Operating System

Both the Samsung Galaxy S II, and HTC Sensation smartphone runs the latest smartphone-based Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.

Size & Weight

There is one of the areas where the Samsung Galaxy S II is ahead. In terms of size and weight, Galaxy S II is the thinner and lightest smartphone, measuring at just 8.49 mm and weighing at 116 grams only, where as the HTC Sensation weighing at 148 grams, and measuring at 11.3mm thickness. In terms of physical appearance, Samsung Galaxy S II’s flat rectangular surface with rounded corners resembles the Apple iPhone 4.


Everybody prefer phones with a big screen to be as thin and light as possible. Both these handsets are sporting 4.3-inch displays.

The Samsung Galaxy S II features Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen display, and the HTC Sensation comes with a 4.3-inch S-LCD screen. Galaxy S II comes with lower resolution of 480 X 800 pixels than the Sensation’s qHD resolution of 540 X 960 pixels. So HTC Sensation is having higher pixel density with a normal RGB matrix, which will make the users to read the small texts so easily. But the Galaxy S II’s new crystal clear Super AMOLED Plus display is the better display of the two, and the color saturation and vibrancy on the Galaxy S II remain unrelieved. Simply, it is the most advanced mobile visual display, and it is better than almost everything else that’s out there in the world. In terms of pure pixel density, the Retina display from the Apple iPhone 4 is still beating all other smartphones.


Both the Samsung Galaxy S II and HTC Sensation are equipped with the powerful 1.2GHz dual-core processor under the hood.

The Samsung Galaxy S II has a dual core Cortex A9 Orion processor with a Mail-400MP GPU, while the Sensation is having the dual core Qualcomm MSM 8260 Snapdragon processor (which is based off the cortex a8 processor) with Adreno 220 GPU. Our Quadrant benchmark test has proved that Samsung Galaxy S II is a powerful smartphone by scoring 3487 mark (take a look at following screenshot).

Samsung Galaxy S II Benchmark Test


The Samsung Galaxy S II beats out the Sensation in the RAM section, packing with 1GB RAM, while the Sensation has just got 768MB RAM (it’s not very much smaller though). Galaxy S II will be shipped with 16GB or 32GB internal storage with microSD card slot support for memory expansion up to 32GB. HTC Sensation comes with 1GB ROM, an 8 GB microSD included in the box and with support for microSD’s up to 32GB.


Both the Samsung Galaxy S II and HTC Sensation have got 8 megapixel camera (3264×2448 pixels) on the back side of the devices. Galaxy S II is having an LED flash, while the HTC Sensation has got dual LED flash. Both handsets’ cameras have the capability of recording the 1080p HD videos at 30fps. Other features such as geo-tagging, auto focus, image stabilization and face & smile detection are available for both handsets’ rear facing cameras.

Both have front-facing cameras to make video calls, but the Samsung Galaxy S II bumps the resolution to 2.0MP, while the Sensation comes in at just VGA resolution. The Samsung Galaxy S II works so fast to shoot and reload, but the Sensation is at least as quick.


The Samsung Galaxy S II handset has got a powerful Li-Ion 1650mAh battery, while the HTC Sensation comes with a smaller battery Li-Ion 1520mAh battery. When it comes to battery, HTC has been going through bad phases. The owners of the first ever 4G capable phone HTC Thunderbolt are quiet disappointed with its battery issues. Samsung Galaxy S II’s battery is capable of providing standby time of 620 hours (3G), and talk-time of up to 9 hours (3G), while the HTC Sensation’s battery will provide a stand by time of up to 350 hours and talk time of up to 8.5 hours.

Connecting Ports

Both the Samsung Galaxy S II and HTC Sensation handsets are having microUSB 2.0 ports. But they are missing the HDMI ports to hook up them to big TVs. Don’t worry. Both smartphones can be used with MHL ports. This MHL (Mobile High Definition Link) port is capable of acting as both a USB port, and HDMI-out. You will need a special microUSB-to-HDMI cable in order to connect your phone to the TV or monitor.


So, by looking at the above full story, Samsung Galaxy S II is clearly dominating the HTC Sensation handset in many areas. Now, take a look at the specs comparison table of HTC Sensation and Galaxy S II Handset after the break and you decide which handset is the most suitable for your needs. After all, it’s up to you boss!

Samsung Galaxy S II Vs. HTC Sensation Comparison Table


Samsung Galaxy S II


HTC Sensation



Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Display & Resolution

4.3” Super AMOLED Plus
480 X 800 pixels

4.3” S-LCD
540 X 960 qHD pixels

Custom UI

TouchWiz UI 4.0

HTC Sense 3.0


1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9

1.2GHz  Qualcomm MSM 8260 Dual-Core




Memory Storage

16GB/32GB ROM, 8GB microSD Included

1GB ROM, 8GB microSD Inserted

MicroSD Card Slot

MicroSD Support Up to 32GB

MicroSD Support Up to 32GB


8MP with LED Flash
1080p, 720p HD Video Recording Capable

8 MP with Dual-LED Flash 1080p, 720p HD Video Recording Capable
Stereo Sound Recording


2 MP


Connecting Ports

USB 2.0, HDMI via MHL

USB 2.0, HDMI via MHL


3.0 + HS

3.0 + H2DP


802.11 b/g/n

802.11 b/g/n




4G Support

HSDPA 21Mbps

HSDPA 14Mbps







Adobe Flash




Li-Ion 1650mAh;
Standby Time: Up to 710 h (2G) / 610 h (3G)

Li-ion 1520mAh;
Standby Time:
Up to 350 h (2G) /  400 h (3G)

Dimensions & Weight

125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm
116 grams

126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm
148 grams

Carrier Availability

Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile




$199 (2-Year Contract),
$549 (Off-Contract)

Release Status

Yet-To-Be Released In the U.S.



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