July looks like it’ll be a bit “sensational” for Telstra, with news that HTC’s new 1.2GHz aluminium-clad Sensation smartphone will be heading to the NextG network.

Set to be HTC’s flagship model, the new phone will use the latest version of Android (2.3 “Gingerbread”), feature an 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus and dual LED flash, 1080p Full HD video capture, a body made out of one piece of aluminium, and run on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor.

Arriving in July, the HTC Sensation will also be one of the first HTC handsets to feature a 4.3 inch qHD screen. So far, we’ve only seen one other competitor adopt the high-grade qHD 540×960 resolution, with the technology appearing in the Motorola Atrix.

In other news, HTC Desire owners look like they’ll get an upgrade to the latest offering of Android, though based on what we’re seeing, they’ll have to ditch HTC’s “Sense” overlay.

Telstra has updated the “software updates” section of its smartphone page to say this of the Desire:

Due to the increased memory requirements of the ‘Gingerbread’ update, new software that does not include HTC’s Sense UI is being prepared.

August is the expected timeframe for owners of the Desire, so look out in a couple of months for the update then.