Specs summary


The HTC Sensation XL's screen is 4.7 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.


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


The phone runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread (Update Available: 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system (OS).

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.

16 GB

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


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 (2G), 410 minutes (3G), 320 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

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 

Reviews (7.5/10 Avg. rating)

Know Your Mobile

It's not perfect but where it's good it is very good indeed

from 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 pleasantly surprised by this phone’s screen and performance we were a little disappointed with the camera and memory. Had HTC been more consistent at designing this as a truly premium phone it would easily be a contender for one of the best phones of the year alongside the likes of the... Full review


Stylish, large screen, no memory card slot

from 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 absence of a memory slot to expand the internal storage. But, hey, if iPhone users can live with that limitation, we don't see why Sensation XL users can't do the same.

This smartphone is also a little on the pricey side with its RM2,099 price tag so you would... Full review

Geeky Gadgets

Pretty large, no microSD card slot, display looks pretty good

from Geeky Gadgets
The HTC Sensation XL has some good points and also no so good points, the camera is fine for photos, but not so good for recording video, the display on the device is pretty good though and this is one of the devices plus points. Overall 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... Full review

Exciting Screen size, videos look great, no microSD card slot

from 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 was all a joy to use thanks to the Android experience on the HTC Sensation XL and the size it offers. Day-to-day tasks will be a lot easier, if anything else.

Unfortunately though there are key elements that prevent this good phone, from being an exceptionally good phone. The specs lis... Full review

What Mobile

Big, looks great, limited storage

from What Mobile
It’s big, beautiful and the HTC Sensation XL sounds as good as it looks thanks to the Beats Audio enhancements. The limited storage for your tracks is disappointing but this is an undeniably cool phone... Full review
Digital Versus

It's fast and easy to use

from Digital Versus
The HTC Sensation XL puts in an honest performance as a smartphone, and is fast and easy to use. HTC's rich, well-developed Sense user interface provides a whole world of possibility for anybody keen on customising their phone. But the resolution on the display just isn't up to such a big screen, the camera is disappointing and you're stuck with 16 GB of memory. They all count against its billing as a multimedia smartphone... Full review
The Register

Overall sound is crisp, clear and full of detail, no microSD card slot

from The Register
The HTC Sensation XL has a mammoth screen, and it has the best of Android and HTC’s Sense UI, but in terms of display resolution, processing speed, video recording and memory expansion, its Beats-packing cousin the XE is the better handset... Full review

Bright and vibrant screen, media playback is fine

from tech2

The HTC Sensation XL is both good, yet disappointing. On one hand, it’s a great looking device, which does everything you want it to. The issue is with its price and what it offers for that price. HTC sells the Sensation XL in the market for around Rs.38,799 (MRP of Rs. 39,990).

The cheaper Sensation XE offers a smaller screen, but it’s denser - which means more workspace, it has a memory card slot, which means one can upgrade the storage capacity by a lot and it has a lot more power - a dual-core processor. You get all for roughly Rs.5,000 less. If you’re looking for a large sc... Full review


Gorgeous screen, snappy performance, notification LED

from Ausdroid

I can’t honestly say I would buy or use this device as my own but I do like it. It’s solid, reliable, has a really good (not brilliant) screen and given what I put the phone through across the last week I’m genuinely impressed by the battery life it has displayed during this review. HTC have done a really good job with this phone, both on the hardware and the software side of the device. Physically the device is pleasing to the eye and despite being a little on the large side has a really nice, comfortable feel in your hand.

It’s one of those devices that’s on the cusp, not... Full review

Tracy and Matt

Awesome audio quality and the screen is beautiful

from Tracy and Matt

The best phone I've reviewed so far with great praise actually as it is by far the best android device that I personally have used so far and I would also say that I've enjoyed doing this review more than any other.

I am at the moment unsure as to what group of people this phone is aimed at due to its size and also its cost to buy, but what I would say to anyone on the lookout for a very impressive smartphone that has it all that you can't really go wrong with buying this phone. If I had the money then I would definitely be buying this as a second device for myself because I liked i... Full review

Darn, there are no reviews yet for this phone.

Prices (Where to Buy)

Online Buying Options


Q&A Forum

No questions for the moment.


Manuals / User Guides Helpful Links Review Sources Have a question?

Visit the HTC Sensation XL Q&A Forum to ask the community a question or help others.

Share / Embed

You can share this phone with friends or embed the reviews widget on your website.

Compare this phone to:

Compare Compare  

HTC 10

Compare Compare  

HTC Desire 530

Compare Compare  

HTC One A9

Full Specs

Release date November 1, 2011
Regions available Asia, Europe
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/2100 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.3 Gingerbread (Update Available: 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich)

Compare Android Smartphones

Processor Qualcomm MSM8255 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
RAM 768 MB
ROM Unknown
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible 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
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1600 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 372 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 320 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
710 minutes (2G)
410 minutes (3G)
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
(5.8 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
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 Unknown
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 Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
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 Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash Yes
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots No
Expansion Slots Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens 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, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 1+ megapixels
Zoom No
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
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator No
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer 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 No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): HTC Runnymede

Related Links HTC Sensation XL Manual (PDF)
HTC Sensation XL Reviews
Where to buy HTC Sensation XL
Suggest a correction

Are you on the best cell phone plan?