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HTC Unveils 4.7in Sensation XL With Beats Audio

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HTC obviously things that bigger is better when it comes to smartphones, as it has just announced the Sensation XL which sports a whopping 4.7in screen as well as built-in Beats Audio magic.

Last month we saw HTC announce the release of the Sensation XE, which was essentially a ever-so-slightly tweaked version of the original HTC Sensation including the Beats Audio technology, a set of Beats earbuds and a slighty beefier 1.5GHz processor.

Now it has announced the Sensation XL (previously known as the HTC Runnymede) which boosts the screen size from 4.3in to 4.7in, however the resolution of the Gorilla Glass protected screen has been downgraded from 540 x 960 pixels to 480 x 800 pixels - which is a disappointment. HTC has however managed to slim down the Sensation XL, from just over 11m to just 9.9mm. It will weigh 162.5g.

Inside the Sensation XL is powered by a single-core Qualcomm 1.5GHz processor, features 768MB of RAM and will come with 16GB of internal storage. The Sensation XL, as you would expect, will run a version of Android Gingerbread.

It will feature an 8 megapixel camera on the rear with a BSI sensor, auto focus, f2.2, 28mm lens and dual LED flash. It will be capable of 720p video recording and will be complimented by a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.

One of the features which HTC will be hoping will attract customers comes about as a result of its partnership with Beats. Like the Sensation XE, the XL features audio tuning by Beats that promises listeners will hear their music "as the artist intended."

HTC will pair the XL with the urBeats headphones, created exclusively to integrate with the Beats’ audio profile on the device. In Europe, a limited number of XL handsets will even be available with special edition Beats Solo headphones – you know the ones, they're those headphones you see everyone wearing on the Tube these days.

We are still awaiting pricing for the Sensation XL from HTC but the monster handset will be available from early November in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Read our hands on review of the Sensation XL

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