Oct 06 AT 2:27 PM Edgar Cervantes 21 Comments

Video: HTC Sensation XL announced; Sense 3.5, Beats Audio


If you liked the HTC Sensation XE, you’ll definitely like its bigger brother, the Sensation XL. This device has just been announced by HTC during the Beats event in London. And, boy, is it looking good.

This device comes with an improved camera, as well as the superior Beats Audio technology (headphones included). This camera is meant to take better images in low lighting and overall better pictures, thanks to its f/2.2 aperture, backside illuminated sensor and 28mm wide-angle lens.

Let’s take a look at the specs:

HTC Sensation XL Specifications

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.5 UI
  • 1.5 GHz MSM 8255 Qualcomm single-core processor
  • 768 MB of RAM
  • 4.7-inch touch LCD screen with WVGA (480 x 800) with Gorilla Glass
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera / 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 1600 mAh battery
  • GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n

The device may not have a dual-core processor, but clocked at 1.5, Qualcomm’s later generation processor should make things very smooth and snappy. This is the same processor that comes in the latest Sony Ericsson devices, like the Arc and the Play. The Xperia Play actually runs very well with this processor clocked at 1 GHz, so the 1.5 GHz speed bump should run very well. The rest of the specs look great, and that 4.7-inch screen should make this device great for media & entertainment.

This device is expected to be released during November in Europe. We certainly hope it makes this side of the pond. What do you guys say? Are you hoping to get your hands on a Sensation XL, or are you waiting for something else? Maybe that upcoming Nexus Prime?

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Show Press Release

Beats integration, combined with amazing 4.7-inch display, introduces powerful entertainment experience

LONDON — October 6, 2011 — HTC Corporation, a global designer of mobile devices, today unveiled the HTC Sensationâ„¢ XL with Beats Audioâ„¢ integration. This latest innovation is the result of the new partnership between HTC and Beats announced in August and takes mobile entertainment to a new level with an amazing 4.7-inch screen and a specifically optimized audio experience. The HTC Sensation XL joins the HTC Sensation XE to provide customers with a strong line-up of HTC smartphones integrated with Beats Audio.

“With Beats Audio, the HTC Sensation XL continues HTC’s commitment of delivering the best audio possible on your phone whether you’re listening to music, watching a movie or playing a game,” said Peter Chou, CEO, HTC Corporation. “This is an amazing example of why our partnership with Beats makes so much sense for customers today and into the future.”

“HTC is an incredible partner and has completely embraced our desire to make the music experience on the mobile phone as powerful and as rich as it can be,” said Jimmy Iovine, Chairman of Beats by Dr. Dre.

Design, Performance and Stunning Audio

With the 4.7” screen, slim 9.9mm design and Beats Audio integration, the HTC Sensation XL was specifically created to deliver the best entertainment experience with stunning audio and visuals for music, movies and games. The HTC Sensation XL features unique audio tuning by Beats that ensures customers will hear their music as the artist intended.

Unique to HTC phones, the HTC Sensation XL includes new lightweight urBeatsâ„¢ headphones, created exclusively to integrate with the Beats’ audio profile on the device. The built-in microphone makes hands-free calling easy and the on-cable remote control allows customers to pause, advance or rewind, and to answer a call mid-track.

Customers can also send music recommendations and track information to friends over SMS, email or through their Facebook profile. To allocate the perfect audio alert to an incoming call or message from friends and family, use the ringtone trimmer to edit a music track and add it to a friend’s contact profile.

HTC Watch

HTC Sensation XL integrates HTC Watch, an application and service that puts an entire library of the latest premium movies and TV shows right at your fingertips, letting people discover the latest video content in an easy and visually engaging way. HTC Watch uses progressive download technology that makes it possible to watch videos without waiting for a huge file to finish downloading. HTC Watch offers the choice of renting or buying videos, and, if purchased, lets customers watch them on up to five different HTC devices.

Capture the moment

The HTC Sensation XL boasts an 8MP camera, featuring a f/2.2, 28mm wide-angle lens with BSI sensor to fit more of the scene into every shot and for better low-light performance. In video mode, the HTC Sensation XL enables customers to record a perfect moment with stunning clarity and incredible stereo sound — perfect for sharing on YouTube, Facebook or a TV.


HTC Sensation XL will be available across EMEA and Asia Pacific from early November. In EMEA, HTC will also be offering a limited edition bundle that includes special edition Beats Solo headphones.

About Beats Electronics LLC

Established in 2006, Beats Electronics is the brainchild of legendary artist and producer Dr. Dre and Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records Jimmy Iovine, who set out to develop a new type of headphone with the capability to reproduce the full spectrum of sound that musical artists and producers hear in professional recording studios. For more information, please visit http://beatsbydre.com.

About HTC

HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative devices that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.

Via: Android Central

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  • krazytrixxxsta

    what in god name did they do to the sensation slick, beautiful, sexy design.

  • revs

    hate my sensation why would i want an even bigger piece of shitttt

  • Richard Yarrell

    I like the direction HTC is going with there devices released here in 2011. This device as well the upcoming Htc Amaze 4G and Htc Vigor are a prelude to what will take place for the EVO BRAND OF 2012. Moving in the direction of better camera technology as well as larger screen phones I can definitely see the new evo in 2012 with Ice Cream Sandwich and a 5inch screen but quadcore only that will be this biggest plus yet to come.

    • snowbdr89

      Stfu dick snot

    • squiddy20

      “I like the direction HTC is going with there devices…”
      Apparently, no you don’t. In your own word from an Android Central article on the same topic: “Singlecore….. NO SALE FOR ME.. It’s dualcore only or quadcore next definitely not going backwards… REGARDLESS of 1.5 singlecore processor” http://www.androidcentral.com/hands-htc-sensation-xl

      Can you possibly be more two-faced?

      • http://estenlund.se Samuel

        HTC releases a new phone almost every week so that there can really be a perfect HTC for everyone. I’m sorry that your lifestyle isn’t what they aim for with this particular product, but there are more to chose from.

        • squiddy20

          The above statement (“No sale for me” bit) is not my thoughts or feelings. Hence the quote marks indicating someone else said it with the link to the corresponding website where the other person (Richard) said it.

    • MaxSteel

      Nobody gives a sh*t, Dick Yarrell.

  • http://www.rauljpena.blogspot.com Raul

    What’s the battery life like? Any improvements on battery life at all?

    • Melissa

      1600 mah so I’m guessing bad. The giant screen is going to guzzle the battery life.

  • comandantecee

    Instead of releasing this bullshit they should acknowledge the fact that the original sensation has a manufacturing defect with dust under the screen. I’m on my 3rd sensation with the same issues and I’m not the only one, check xda forums in the sensation thread.
    Fuck HTC this is the last device I purchase from them…

  • Panatella

    wait, the XL version has a lower resolution than the original Sensation? 800×480 on 4.7″ is not really mindblowing sharp. Whats up with that? Dont get me wrong, this is one super sexy device, but specwise.. meh

  • Nathan

    Wow I’m not even considering on getting this phone.

  • Mmms

    I got to play with one of these the other day, the worst part about it is definitely the amount of internal memory. There was just under 4gb free :\ I’m holding out for one with some decent space inside

  • Phil

    I want it

  • Dirge

    Ew, single core AND only a 1600 mAh battery? Fail.

  • Ichigo

    See that proves that 1.5 ghz is more than enough on a phone to run things smoothly. It is a single core and sense is better on the XL than the original sensation. HTC needs to step their game up when it comes to optimization and software and hardware acceleration.

    • Dirge

      Where did you read that Sense is better on the XL than on the dual core original?

  • charlie88

    Would have been handy to have mentioned somewhere in the article that this is the HTC Runnymede…

    HTC seems to be making a little mistake though in terms of branding (imo).

    HTC sensation: dual core 1.2gz, sensation xe: dual core 1.5ghz, sensation xl 1.5ghz single core?

    Sure single core is fine, but were heading to ICS. Don’t wanna wait a year for a OS with support for multi cores andthen buy a very expensive phone (which I’m sure this Xl will be!) that can’t take advantage of it.

    And what’s up with only 768MB of RAM?! I know I’m fussing over specs, but that seems to be HTC’s whole approach to phones. Release a new phone every month with 10% more specs (here they could REALLY learn a thing or two from apple, a company i hate btw!).

    If you’re gonna go the “specs-route”, instead of the “experience-route”… Go all the way! I don’t understand where I have to put this phone in their line-up.

  • applesuxdonkeyd!k

    wtf is the obsession with multicore junk anywho my evos faster than an atrix for christ sakes the only reason you’d nd multicore is games and im sorry but f*ck gamin on a stupid lil screen you got big money go buy a ps3 and make gamin worth it. multi core phones are overrated overpriced garbage

  • Jam1138

    What a strange move from HTC.This is the XE’s bigger brother in screen size,but then it has 1.5 GHz single core processor instead of 1.5ghz dual core,less memory options( the XE has a gig built in but comes with a 16 gb sd card,this just has 16gb in built memory and no sd card slot) and it has a lower capacity battery(1600mhz instead of 1750mhz) with a bigger(battery sapping and worse resolution of 480×800) screen.Get the XE or wait for the Rezound.