HTC Sensation XL Musical Smart Phone review

The Taiwan Phone Maker HTC has launched Sensation XL, a new smart phone that can leave a sizable footprint behind. The HTC Sensation XL is one of the best music phones to ever flow audio into your ears with lyrical iBeats headset.  Stuff it with your favorite albums with MP3, WAV, WMA or even OGG files. The HTC Sensation XL differs from its other companion in the lineup with the big 4.7 inch LCD display, and the lower hardware specifications. HTC made Sensation XL with a single-core chipset runs with 1.5GHz processor, no memory card slot, and lower screen resolution than the other models. This should have helped to keep costs down.

 

The Sensation XL uses almost exactly the same hardware as the Titan, the major difference is that the Sensation XL packs four Android capacitive keys and there’s no hardware shutter key, but that’s about it.

The HTC Sensation XL is not expected to be offered from any US carrier and you can only get it SIM-free. It is compatible with the AT&T network, and you can use it on T-Mobile without 3G connectivity.

Key features of HTC sensation XL :

  • 4.7 inch 16M-color capacitive S-LCD touchscreen of WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels)
  • Size of 132.5mm x 70.7mm x 9.9 mm (5.22″ x 2.78″ x 0.39″)
  • Weight is 162.5 grams (5.73 ounces) with battery
  • Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support
  • 1.5 GHz single Scorpion CPUs, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 chipset
  • 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.5
  • 768 MB RAM, 16 GB storage (~12.5GB user accessible)
  • Beats audio enhancement and premium Monster iBeats headset
  • 8.0 MP auto-focus camera with dual-LED flash; face detection, geotagging, HDR mode, image auto-upload
  • Front facing camera with video calls
  • 720p video recording @ 30fps, slo-mo videos (2x at WVGA)
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • micro USB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v3.0
  • Smart dialing, voice dialing
  • Office document editor
  • DivX/XviD video support
  • HTC Locations app
  • HTC Portable Hotspot
  • Ultra-fast boot times (if you don’t remove battery)
  • 1600 mAh Battery

Main disadvantages :

  • No micro SD card slot
  • No TV-Out
  • WVGA resolution is low for a 4.7 inch screen
  • No dedicated camera key

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