HTC has announced the Sensation XL, the phone formerly known by its development codename – the HTC Runnymede. The new Android phone is aimed squarely at music fans.
The original Sensation had one of the larger screens around at 4.3 inches. The Sensation XL goes even further with a finger-stretching 4.7 inch whopper of a display – although the resolution remains the same at 800×480 pixels. Where the screen has been boosted, the CPU has had a bit of a downgrade – a single core 1.5GHz processor rather than the dual-core speeds of its sibling.
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That may not matter too much as the phone in’t really aimed at the power user or hardcore gamer. Like an X-Factor hopeful, the Sensation XL is all about the music.
The XL comes with Beats Audio. Beats is a set of audio specs developed with Dr Dre’s audio equipment company. Beats Audio acts as an audio ‘boost’ to process the sound produced by your phone and improve sound quality. To help this, the SensationXL comes with a set of Beats Audio earbuds, which are a cut above the usual cheapo buds you get bundled with a mobile phone.
The Sensation XL comes with 16GB of internal storage that you can cram full of tunes and you can always slip in a microSD card of up to 32GB is you need more space. An 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash rounds things off – only 720p video, but it does come with an f/2.2 aperture that can take snaps faster than you can say “Forgot about Dre.”