HTC has just announced the Android counter-part of the Windows Phone Mango Powered Titan, the Sensation XE. Unlike the Sensation and the Sensation XE, this Sensation branded phone is not powered by a dual-core processor.
The handset sports a massive 4.7-inch screen, with a disappointingly low WVGA(480×800) resolution. Inside, the Sensation XL is powered by a blazing fast 1.5GHz single-core processor from Qualcomm, along with an Adreno 205GPU. The handset also packs 768MB of RAM, along with 16GB of internal memory.
Like the other Sensation-al handsets from the Taiwanese manufacturers, the Sensation XE also has a partial unibody construction. Other key features of the Sensation XL include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS with A-GPS and a 3.5mm audio jack. The usual bunch of sensors are also present. A paltry 1600mAh battery powers the handset, so users should not be too optimist about the battery life of the handset.
At the back of the XL is an 8MP BSI camera, aided by dual-LED flash. This new 8MP lens from HTC provides much better picture quality compared to the camera lens found on the original Sensation, and the Incredible S. There is also a 1.3MP camera in the front for video calling. Sadly, the handset is only capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution, unlike most other high-end handsets which can record videos in Full HD resolution.
Like the Senation XE, the Sensation XL will also sports the Beats badge. Hopefully, unlike the XE, the XL will actually have some low-level hardware enhancements, instead of just some software tweaks and a Beats branded headset. The handset will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with HTC’s Sense v3.5 UI on top of it. It will also support’s HTC Watch service.
The Sensation XL is slated to be available sometime in November in Europe and Asia Pacific. The company did not mention anything about the pricing of the device.
Frankly, I cannot understand why HTC announced the Sensation XL. It lacks a dual-core processor and a higher-resolution screen.