HTC Sensation XL Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Rolling Out Now

HTC started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Sensation back in March, and followed it up with the ICS release for various variants of the handsets in the next couple of months.

Beginning from today, HTC has also started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for another handset from the Sensation series, the Sensation XL. Unlike all other handsets in the Sensation series, the Sensation XL is powered by a single core but packs in a mammoth 4.7-inch display with a disappointingly low WVGA (480*800) resolution.

The ICS update for the Sensation XL will bring with it Android 4.0.3 on-board with all of its new features like data usage tracking, face unlock, GPU rendered UI and more. HTC’s Sense skin will also get updated to v3.6 post this update, which does not bring much visual changes.

Keep in mind that since the Sensation XL packs in a single core processor, Ice Cream Sandwich will not run as smooth on it as on the other Sensation branded dual-core phones. The performance will still remain pretty smooth except when the phone is under heavy load, thanks to the higher clock speed (1.5GHz) of the single core SoC.

The update is already available to download in Romania with the roll-out slowly expanding to other regions of the world.

HTC To Release ICS Update For Sensation Series Of Handsets At The End Of March

Back in December, HTC had issued an official statement that it will be releasing the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for some of its handsets. Today, the company has once again confirmed that it will be releasing the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Sensation series of handsets – the Sensation 4G, Sensation, Sensation XE, soon followed by the Sensation XL.

Below is the official statement from HTC -:

HTC has been working hard to get its Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades ready, and we’re excited to announce that our first round of ICS upgrades will roll out by the end of March for the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Sensation XE, followed soon there after by the HTC Sensation XL.

In addition, we can confirm Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades will be coming later this year to the HTC Rezound, HTC Vivid, HTC Amaze 4G, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G, HTC Incredible S, HTC Desire S and HTC Desire HD. Stay tuned for more updates on Ice Cream Sandwich releases in the coming weeks.

The ICS update for Sensation series will be followed by updates for the Rezound, Vivid, Amaze 4G, EVO 3D, EVO Design, Incredible S, Desire S and the Desire HD.

It is definitely nice to see HTC updating their single-core handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich, especially the Desire HD. The Desire HD was launched way back in Q3 of 2010, and packs a 1GHz Snapdragon S3 processor and 768MB of RAM.

When HTC had launched the Rezound, the company had promised that the handset will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update in early-2012. Now, the company will be updating the Rezound to Ice Cream Sandwich after updating the Sensation series of handsets, which will definitely not go down well with Rezound owners.

Also, don’t expect the ICS update from HTC to look anywhere near stock Ice Cream Sandwich. The Sense skin from the company will make sure that users don’t get to see the Holo theme that Google introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich.

HTC Sensation XL With A Massive 4.7-inch Screen Announced

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.

Image Credits - Android Central

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.