HTC Sensation XL Officially Announced as 4.7 inch Beats Smartphone


It keeps going… and going…. and going. The screen sizes on phones these days, is what I’m talking about. HTC’s officially announced their HTC Sensation XL. “XL” is a nod to the fact that it has a 4.7 inch display compared to the original Sensation’s. For what it’s worth, it also only has WVGA resolution.

Although you would expect the same or better specs inside, this one is still a tad weaker than the Sensation as it has a 1.5GHz single-core processor and 768MB of RAM. We’re not all that slighted, however – it still looks like a beast of a phone.

Other specs include an 8 megapixel 720p HD camera with dual LED flash and 16GB of storage, only 12GB of which are usable. Reports say this one disappointingly has no microSD card, a huge stray from the norm for an HTC device.

It’ll also apparently come with in-ear Beats headphones, but there will also be a special edition offering that gets you a pair of Beats Solo headphones. Outlets mention that this thing will be available starting early November in EMEA and Pacific Asia, with Vodafone UK being the first confirmed carrier to offer it. Read on for full press details.


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 Sensation™ XL with Beats Audio™ 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 customerswith 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 urBeats™ 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.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Ouch, on a 4.3″ screen, 800×480 is pretty bad. I can only imagine what it’s going to look like when it hits 4.7″.

    1. HTC

      “Quietly making your portable devices, unportable”

  2. Ouch.. no microSD card? Weak sauce.

    1. No SD… the exact reason Nexus S was a no go for me.

    2. Were will we store the beats?

  3. This is not coming to the US. Prices for specs matter more in other countries where people buy at retail price.

  4. I think this is a pretty awesome looking phone. I hope it makes its way to the US!

  5. Yawn….. Bring on the Vigor!!!

    1. Yay another HTC phone this week!

  6. This phone is a Giant step backwards in a time of forward steppers.

    1. Watch what you are stepping in!

  7. Mediocre for what could have been a gret device. 768mb? Really. why not 1gb or more? Sad…tsk tsk

  8. Just an oversized thunderbolt. But no SD card slot?? Why? Next no removable battery…

    1. It doesn’t say no slot, it says no card… There may well be an empty slot.

  9. that thing is sexy. :) . . . . . .

  10. That’s a nice looking phone but why single processor?

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