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Beats-laden HTC Sensation XL officially launched, priced at P32,500

Last night at the Republiq, Resorts World, we witnessed the launching of the newest Beats-powered HTC phones, the HTC Sensation XE and the Sensation XL. We covered the HTC Sensation XE (P31,500) before so let’s take a look at the ginormous Sensation XL.

HTC Sensation XL 01

Clad in white in the same slim form as that of the Sensation, the Sensation XL has a bigger-than-usual 4.7-inch screen. Perfect for HD viewing and surfing the net on a portable device. One thing to note though is that the 854×480 (WVGA) resolution looks poor in comparison to the Sensation XE’s 960×554 resolution considering that the XL has a bigger screen. It’s like the Desire HD all over again with those big not-too-sharp icons.

The Sensation XL also packs a single-core 1.5GHz Scorpion processor with the Adreno 205 GPU. Again, a step back from the original Sensation’s (and XE) dual-core processors with Adreno 220 GPU. It has a built-in 16GB internal storage but without any provision for an expanded storage via microSD.

An improvement here is the f2.2 8-megapixel camera for better low-light or indoor shots. The Adreno 205 is probably limiting the Sensation XL to capture Full HD videos since you can only do 720p here.

HTC Sensation XL 02

Just like the Sensation XE, the XL also comes with Beats Audio inside. We talked about the difference in audio quality between a Beats-enhanced and a non-Beats HTC phone and indeed, music just sounds better with the Beats audio and Beats headphones combined. Unfortunately, you would only get the same Beats iStudio earphones of the XE on the XL, not the twice-as-expensive Beats Solo HD headphones as shown in HTC’s website.

Overall, the HTC Sensation XL could be a nice contender on the big-smartphone category with its nice, clean looks and Beats audio chip. However, the poor resolution and single-core processor will dampen its “œwow” factor. The HTC Sensation XL will have a suggested retail price of Php32,500.

HTC Sensation XL Specs:
1.5GHz single-core Scorpion processor
Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset
Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread
4.7-inch S-LCD WVGA display (480×800 pixels)
HTC Sensation UI 3.5
16 GB storage
3G / HSDPA 14.4Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA
8MP autofocus camera with dual-LED flash (f2.2)
720p video recording
1.3MP front-facing camera
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
Beats Audio with iBeats in-ear earphones
Li-Ion 1600mAh battery
SRP: Php32,500
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  • wengweng2003

    Ay single core… mukhang para lng ito sa mayayaman na kayang bumili ng gadget buwan buwan… kelangan pag mahilig s high end gadget pero mejo budget e as future proof as possible… kelangan ng android ng malalakas n processors… kelangan ng quadcore 🙂

    • You do know that Android does not fully take advantage of dual-core processors yet? Try comparing the day-to-day performance and fluidity of LG Optimus 2x and Motorola Atrix to single-core phones like the iPhone 4 and HTC HD7. Of course, HTC Sensation XL doesn’t run optimized software like the iPhone 4 (iOS) and HD7 (Windows Phone) do.

      • easier to upgrade software than hardware.

        • True. Which is why I’m wondering why Google can’t fix Android’s fragmentation and performance problem. I can’t say anything about Ice Cream Sandwich yet, but even Gingerbread doesn’t seem to run well enough on anything less than a dual-core processor.

          I’m an adamant anti-Apple guy, and yet I can’t help but notice how much the iPhone 4 performs much smoother with its 1 GHz A4 processor than majority of Android phones with dual core processors. Same deal with Windows Phones running 3 year old SOCs – they just fly!

  • Jonathan

    Just noticed that it is expandable up to 32 GB via Micro SD. Just want to confirm if that is correct because what I read from other sites before, it is stuck with 16GB of internal storage, much like the HTC Titan. Just for clarification, thanks 🙂

    • ack you’re right. good catch man. we’re just used to androids having expandable storage. now i’m thinking they made this phone specifically for Windows where microSD are typically not available but decided why not make it run Android as well.

      • Jonathan

        Yup, they shoud’ve put a micro sd slot there, maybe the cost would already be to much now that they have the beats earphone coming with it. Anyway, thanks for replying 🙂

  • kennedy
  • Griswold

    Mama mia…looks nice and big… and white. ouch lang sa price for a single-core phone.

  • jhone

    hi my phone is htc. i have galaxyy note . please are they is butifull?

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