Sensation XL

HTC has just announced a brand new Android smartphone at its Beats Audio event in London. The Sensation XL is a massive 4.7-inch device running Android 2.3 Gingerbread as well as the new HTC Sense 3.5 UI. Like the smaller Sensation XE, the Sensation XL will ship with urBeats headphones, which HTC and Beats Electronics say will let customers experience music "as the artist intended".

HTC's also upped the ante in terms of camera technology, introducing a new 8MP rear camera with a f/2.2 aperture, a backside illuminated sensor and a 28mm wide-angle lens for improved low-light performance.

Release is expected in Europe starting early November. Join us after the jump for the Sensation XL presser, and stay tuned for full hands-on coverage and the official spec list.

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HTC UNLEASHES THE HTC SENSATION™ XL WITH BEATS AUDIO™

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 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 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.

Availability

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.

 
There are 6 comments

Noble.Four says:

I'll be the guy that says, which processor, what screen resolution? I'm pretty sure we've known for a while. But. Just checking.

SanGo says:

Processor

Qualcomm MSM 8255 1.5 GHz

vtgrad03 says:

where can i get the exterior dimensions?

*Found it*
132.5 x 70.7 x 9.9 mm

beirlilny says:

What is the likelihood that this will ever be released in the U.S?

That is my dream phone!!! A WHITE HTC phone with the latest Sense and a huge screen!!!!???? Ahhhh, a girl can dream, I guess.....

"...as the artist intended," which is funny, because of lossy media compression methods...I don't think even Beats Audio can reproduce "studio sound" from a digital source that covers only 2/3rds of the original digital master spectrum, let alone over Bluetooth's audio transmission on top of that.

Unless you work in a recording studio (or have a home studio or DAW), if you pay more than $20 for headphones just for your portable media device, you're getting severely ripped off.

pmjohnson99 says:

Really? Appeture rating on a fone now? Guess since Apple is pimping appeture everyone else is trying to pimp this spec. Hope they include a photography short course to explain why this is important.