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HTC Sensation XL review

7.5/10 AVG.
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7.5/10
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The HTC Sensation XL currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 25 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
4.7"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

It's certainly nice to be able to choose between platforms. But while there aren't that many handsets to choose from in WP7 land, Androids come in all shapes and sizes. Not that the HTC Sensation XL isn't pretty unique. With a massive 4.7" screen and solid aluminum build, not to mention the smoo...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
Know Your Mobile

It’s a bit of a shame the Sensation XL has no card slot for memory expansion as this would really round off what is otherwise a great handset. The 16GB of internal capacity is a decent mid-range offering of space but we’d expect more for a phone at this price point. On that note, although we were pl...

- Paul Briden, Know Your Mobile
Mobile88

Overall, we found the Sensation XL to be a solid offering by HTC. What can we say, we are a sucker for stylish white smartphones and the Sensation XL earned one brownie point from us in that department alone. The rest come from the big, bright display and Beats audio system. The only drawback is the...

- Zam Karim, Mobile88
Geeky Gadgets

The HTC Sensation XL isn’t a bad Android smartphone, but considering its price there are definitely better Android smartphones out there for the same money.

- Roland Hutchinson, Geeky Gadgets
UnleashThePhones

There’s a lot that I like about the HTC Sensation XL. I’m a big fan of good audio so listening to music was a pleasure on it. I’m a big fan of large screens, so watching videos and browsing the internet, or even playing a game of Angry Birds or checking my Twitter (on the official Android app), it w...

- Clinton Jeff, UnleashThePhones


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Screen Size
4.7"

The HTC Sensation XL's screen size is 4.7 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8255 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
1600mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1600 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 0.5 days standby time, 710 minutes, 320 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Sensation XL Specs

Overview
Release date November 1, 2011
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/2100 MHz
Data:
EDGE, HSDPA 14.4, HSUPA
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8255 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 768 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.358 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1600 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 372 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 320 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 710 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 0.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.3 x 7.1 x 1.0 cm (5.2 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 163 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry XT9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator No
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC Runnymede

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