HTC has finally announced the new Sensation XL smartphone in India for Rs 40,000, which does seem insanely high.
The HTC Sensation XL comes with a 4.7 inch display and features HTC Sense UI 3.5 layered on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. HTC has also added Beats Audio technology for better audio output, and bundles a pair of earphones as well. The Best Buy price of HTC Sensation XL is Rs 38,800.
This new handset is the latest inclusion to HTC’s Sensation family after the Sensation, Sensation 4G and Sensation XE. Sporting a massive 4.7 inch Super LCD display, Sensation XL comes with 480 x 800 pixel resolution, which might be worrisome considering the display size.
Under the slim 9.9 mm body, Sensation XL houses a single-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion MSM8255T mobile processor coupled with Adreno 205 graphics. This mobile chipset supports dual-channel low-power DDR2 memory clocked at 333 MHz. The same mobile processor and chipset configuration has been used in the Nokia Lumia 800, HTC Titan, Samsung Omnia W, Samsung Focus S, and a couple of other smartphones. However, Sensation XL features only 768 MB of RAM.
HTC has used Android 2.3.x Gingerbread mobile operating system with HTC Sense 3.5 user interface on it. Sensation XL features the Beats Audio technology that incorporates pre-configured audio profiles loaded on phones, which become active as soon as the Beats earphones are plugged in the 3.5 mm audio port.
HTC has added an 8 megapixel camera at the rear with auto-focus and LED flash with the ability to record 720p HD video. At the front lies a 1.3 megapixel camera for video calls and chatting.
The phone’s 1600 mAh battery promises up to seven hours of talktime on 3G. Other features of this high-end HTC handset include a digital compass, active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, gyro sensor, an ambient light sensor, a proximity sensor and a gravity sensor.
The price of this smartphone might be a bit of a hiccup because except for the massive display and Beats Audio technology, this smartphone has nothing new to offer.