HTC Sensation XL review

HTC's created a big Sensation with this 4.7-inch beast

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We've seen a lot of big-screened devices that have struggled slightly when it comes to battery life, but the HTC Sensation XL actually does OK in this department. Not brilliantly, we'll admit, but it definitely doesn't disgrace itself.

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The 1600mAh battery is perfect capable of surviving a couple of days of very light use, though hammering the social network updates will mean it drops a lot quicker. It's not hard to chew through a good 50% of the battery in a few hours if you start up on the Flash videos and constant browsing of photos on Facebook, but but we think most users will find that it lasts the day, but needs charging most nights – same as pretty much every smartphone we see these days.


Though we've already bemoaned the lack of microSD card slot, it's not difficult to get media and other files onto the Sensation XL. When plugging it into your PC over the micro USB port, you just need to choose for it to appear as mass storage, and you can drag and drop stuff on quickly.

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You can also use the HTC Sync software to sync contacts and calendars with Outlook on a PC, and it can also be used to import photos and video, sync bookmarks and even install apps.

Bluetooth 3.0 is included in the Sensation XL, complete with A2DP for audio connectivity. There 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi in there too. The 3.5mm headphone jack is just as you'd expect to be: normal.

The locations services use the built-in GPS antenna, while 3G connectivity is handled by the quad-band HSPA antenna. is HTC's website that connects to the HTC Hub app on your phone. When you've registered, you can use it to track your phone, and to set up call forwarding, make the phone ring so you can find it, and even lock and erase your device.

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It all worked as intended with the Sensation XL for us; the locations narrowed down quickly, and any other commands happened pretty much immediately.

You can also back up your contacts and find friends with HTC Sense, but this can't be accessed from the web view – it's just the Dashboard and your account details.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSDPA, HSUPA, GPRS, EDGE
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilySensation XL
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time11.80 Hour
Screen Size11.9 cm (4.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)162.5 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density199 ppi
Height132.5 mm
Width70.7 mm
Depth9.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time360 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameSensation XL Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Product LineSensation XL
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyro Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HPJ001-00
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationFeel every single beat

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Instant capture camera

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Package Contents
  • Sensation XL Smartphone
  • Beats Headphones
  • Battery
  • USB Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and Regulatory Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year