HANDS-ON: HTC Sensation XL handset: Beats Audio Integration and 4.7" screen


HTC has just unveiled its latest all singing, all dancing Android handset, the HTC Sensation XL, a slick smart phone with a HUGE 4.7″ WVGA screen, Beats Audio integration and the HTC Watch application for catching up with movies and TV shows.

Shiny Shiny went along to the preview of the new handset with the HTC team yesterday to bring you the key facts and some sneak peek photos.

The key facts

The handset has Beats Audio integration, which means every teeny tiny component has been fine tuned to provide your ears with the very best audio quality.

To show off just how good the handset can make your music sound, a pair of urBeats headphones are included with every phone and some limited edition devices will have larger Beats Solo headphones.

The thing that strikes you most about the Sensation XL is definitely its huge screen, it’s 4.7″ which sounds a bit too big, but we were able to control everything with one hand just as you would with a smaller smart phone, so you don’t need to worry about dropping it or anything, it’s not like having an iPad strapped to your palm. Despite the fact it’s so big, it’s still a slim 9.9mm in width, so it’ll still slot into your pockets. Well, just.

The handset has the HTC Watch application, which gives you access to a big library of movies and TV shows. It also has progressive download technology, so you can watch a movie before you have all of it.

We were very excited about the device’s 8MP camera, with an f/2.2, 8mm wide-angle lens.

There are no exact details about dates and prices just yet, but we can expect it to be widely available from early November.

Becca Caddy


  • 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.

  • HTC has announced the HTC Sensation XL, the third handset in its Sensation range of flagship smartphones, but the first not to feature a dual-core processor. The new handset was launched at HTC’s Beats event at the Roundhouse in London.

    So what is so XL about it exactly, given it falls behind even the first Sensation in the power department? Well 4.7-inches of screen puts the XL into this Sensation sandwich, along with 16GB of in-built memory (only 12GB available to the user) and the inclusion of the quite frankly awesome Beats Audio technology.

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