HTC Sensation XL Hands-on

HTC Sensation XL Hands-on
The Roundhouse in Camden is a world-famous venue, featuring some of the most incredible artists and performances of recent times. Tonight however, for one night only it's playing host to a 4.7" HTC handset - the HTC Sensation XL. After a giant amount of buzz and rumour online, HTC has officially introduced the latest and largest Android handset in their line-up, the HTC Sensation XL, the second Beats Audio branded handset from the Taiwanese manufacturer.

With a clear focus on transporting quality music to your phone, the HTC Sensation XL is a pure multimedia powerhouse, rocking a huge 4.7" display, it will deliver movies, photos and internet in a big way. The software inside features a revised HTC Sense 3.5, still sporting a 4x4 grid, however integrating a couple of bespoke widgets that accommodate the larger landscape. As far as the camera goes, you'll find the same f2 lens and 8MP camera with dual LED flash as found on the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide. It records 720p with stereo audio, which makes sense given the Beats Audio headphones and branding.

Speaking of headphones, the HTC Sensation XL will ship with a Beats Audio headset optimized specifically for the device. In contrast to the Sensation XE, we've been categorically told that the HTC Sensation XL will ship in two packages, one with the earbuds variety of Beats Audio headphones, and the other with the more premium over-ear 'Beats Audio Solo' set. These will also have phone controls which is a first for Beats Audio headphones.

If you're itching for some mad beats on your mobile and want a bigger display than the one on the HTC Sensation XE, the HTC Sensation XL will be available from the beginning of November across Europe and Asia, with a North American release yet to be confirmed. We'll be getting a unit to review in the coming month, so keep checking back for an in-depth run-down of this HTC Beats Audio monster.



16. Tyler McFerson unregistered

I'm getting the 4S, mostly for Infinity Blade 2.

13. Mercenary unregistered

Can't wait to see the full review....

10. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

sure likes a cowon or was it a iriver

8. GS2 User unregistered

Yes as much as I love my GS2, the screens and battery life are the only two factors that are convincing me to keep the phone. Other than that, I'm not a big fan of the overall Samsung experience. The phone is fast but I care more about user experience and right now fast isn't enough.I'm missing a lot of the built in HTC Sense features. If only HTCs had the Super Amoled Plus screens and better battery life or at least bigger battery I'd never leave HTC again

7. mozes316

Posts: 144; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

Started with HTC Incredible, upgraded to the Droid Charge and then bought the Incredible 2 full retail because I missed the reliability of a HTC phone and the Charge had so many glitches (not to mention a brown and yellow TouchWiz theme) lol But I'm definitely looking out for the Nexus Prime.

14. bin THA GREAT unregistered

thanx for that because GS2 users all ways all ways comment on HTC phone like tha GS2 wasn't tha frist time samsung had the title of best phone. samsung just now this year started making better phones then HTC... but getting off tha annoying GS2 fan boys, owning a sensation 4G i dont understand why is not 1280x720... that means this srceen is gona look much worse then tha evo 3D and the Sensation

5. Appoid

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

Its crazy how Samsung is truly surpassing everything, if it hasnt already. The Gs2 is old in terms of release date, but still blows away the competition, maybe the nexus prime can compete.. oh wait thats Samsung too. Game!!!

4. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

And htc has the worst battery life out of all smartphones that have similar specs

3. roh unregistered

htc is vry gud phonemaking co. but its always loses to Samsung, coz of the displays it uses ,low pixeled,old tech. displays,poor viewing angles, if it can overcome their this fault then they wud b d #1 androidmaking co.

2. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

FAIL. Seriously HTC? A screen this size and only WVGA? Also, I'll bet they're still using the same BROKEN BlueZ bluetooth 3.0 stack that they use in all their new phones.

6. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

It looks good performance wise, but I agree. WVGA on a 4.7" inch screen is like putting hub caps on a Hummer H2. It just ain't right! If Pantech can do it, why not HTC?

1. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I still stick to my Beastfull GS2


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Agreed, my SGS2 Epic Touch is 4.52 WITH SAP(Super Amoled Plus) and has a much bettery processor. This doesnt look like a bad phone but come on.

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