HTC today (6 October) unveiled the HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio integration. The 9.9mm-slim device features a 4.7-inch screen and a specifically optimised audio experience to ‘ensure customers will hear their music as the artist intended’.
The HTC Sensation XL is the second mobile device after the Sensation XE to come integrated with Beats Audio, the result of the new partnership between HTC and Beats announced in August 2011. The XL has a slightly larger screen than the XE’s 4.3-inch, but with only a single-core 1.5GHz processor it is less powerful than the dual-core XE. The XL runs on Android with HTC Sense 3.5.
The handset will be available across EMEA and Asia Pacific from early November. In EMEA, HTC will also be offering a limited edition bundle that includes special edition Beats Solo headphones.
The HTC Sensation XL includes new lightweight urBeats headphones, created exclusively to integrate with the Beats’ audio profile on the device. The built-in microphone makes handsfree calling easy and the on-cable ControlTalk remote control allows customers to pause, advance or rewind, and to answer a call mid-track.
Customers can also send music recommendations and track information to friends over SMS, email or through their Facebook profile. To allocate the perfect audio alert to an incoming call or message from friends and family, use the ringtone trimmer to edit a music track and add it to a friend’s contact profile.
HTC Sensation XL integrates HTC Watch, an application and service that puts an entire library of the latest premium movies and TV shows right at the customer’s fingertips. HTC Watch uses progressive download technology that makes it possible to watch videos without waiting for a huge file to finish downloading. HTC Watch offers the choice of renting or buying videos, and, if purchased, lets customers watch them on up to five different HTC devices.
The device also features an eight-megapixel camera with an f/2.2, 28mm wide-angle lens and BSI sensor to fit more of the scene into every shot and for better low light performance. The video mode is designed to enable customers to ‘record with stunning clarity and incredible stereo sound’.
‘With Beats Audio, the HTC Sensation XL continues HTC’s commitment of delivering the best audio possible on your phone whether you’re listening to music, watching a movie or playing a game,’ said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. ‘This is an amazing example of why our partnership with Beats makes so much sense for customers today and into the future.’
‘HTC is an incredible partner and has completely embraced our desire to make the music experience on the mobile phone as powerful and as rich as it can be,’ said Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Beats by Dr. Dre.