Last Updated: October 8th, 2011

We've been hearing tidbits of information about an HTC device codenamed Runnymede for a few weeks, but the waiting game is now over. HTC officially announced the device as the Sensation XL, and it packs mediocre specs in an oversized shell:

  • 4.7-inch 480x800 Super LCD
  • 1.5GHz single-core Snapdragon
  • 16GB internal storage (no SD Card slot)
  • 8MP rear shooter, 1.3 ffc
  • 9.9mm thin
  • Beats Audio
  • Android 2.3.x with Sense 3.5


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While the spec list may be less than impressive, there is one thing to be said about the device: it's dead sexy. The white shell is sleek, elegant, and very clean.

The Sensation XL will be available in EMEA and Asia Pacific in early November, with no word of pricing or US availability at this time. The EMEA version will also be available in a limited edition bundle that includes Beats Solo headphones, as opposed to the urBeats earbuds included with other versions.

LONDON – October 6, 2011 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of mobile devices, today unveiled the HTC Sensation™ XL with Beats Audio™ integration. This latest innovation is the result of the new partnership between HTC and Beats announced in August and takes mobile entertainment to a new level with an amazing 4.7-inch screen and a specifically optimized audio experience. The HTC Sensation XL joins the HTC Sensation XE to provide customerswith a strong line-up of HTC smartphones integrated with Beats Audio.

“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, 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.

Design, Performance and Stunning Audio

With the 4.7” screen, slim 9.9mm design and Beats Audio integration, the HTC Sensation XL was specifically created to deliver the best entertainment experience with stunning audio and visuals for music, movies and games. The HTC Sensation XL features unique audio tuning by Beats that ensures customers will hear their music as the artist intended.

Unique to HTC phones, 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 hands-free calling easy and the on-cable 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 Watch

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 your fingertips, letting people discover the latest video content in an easy and visually engaging way. 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.

Capture the moment

The HTC Sensation XL boasts an 8MP camera, featuring a f/2.2, 28mm wide-angle lens with BSI sensor to fit more of the scene into every shot and for better low-light performance. In video mode, the HTC Sensation XL enables customers to record a perfect moment with stunning clarity and incredible stereo sound – perfect for sharing on YouTube, Facebook or a TV.


HTC Sensation XL 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.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Ben

    I'm pretty excited about this device that I will never buy.
    The guys at http://www.virtuousrom.com/ have stated that they want to base a Sense 3.5 ROM on the Runnymede. With Runnymede being a single-core and WVGA device hopefully that will result in a ROM that runs very nicely on my rooted Desire Z :)

  • Sxeptomaniac

    I don't think the design is all that great; rounding everything doesn't seem like good design to me. It looks like an iPhone 3 wannabe, IMO.

    Nope. Give me some edges, so it doesn't seem like the designer was out to put square components in a round box, just to pretend his technology is "different".

  • Deltaechoe

    Not enough of an upgrade to make me want to spend my money. I am more excited for the new nexus phone, even if it has the lower tier of the rumored hardware.

  • edd

    HTC have really lost it. Beats is utterly pointless, their phones have looked like toys since after the HD2, and they always fail with some crucial specs. Slow down your output and bring us a proper flagship device or I'm off to Samsung.

    (From a long-term fan)

    • Deltaechoe

      I am with you on that, I loved the incredible, I liked the tb, but with security issues, bad software and lackluster hardware, I am moving to a new manufacturer

  • MindStrider

    "1.5GHz single-core Snapdragon" Wait, what? That's just confusing. The original Sensation has a dual-core, so why would htc make something bearing the same name with a single-core?
    I'd just like a little consistency...

    • MindStrider

      Just realised my capitalisation was off. *hTC? Or hTc?
      I give up. HTC it is.

  • J Rush

    I'm seriously considering getting an HTC phone within the coming months, but like MindStrider said, HTC's consistency isn't very...consistent. The Rhyme gets Sense 3.5, but other releases later this year keep 3.0? That's ridiculous. I seriously want to try the "Sense experience", but I don't want to use an outdated version of it.

  • Tee

    And the resolution? Shouldn't they have come up with a bigger one? After all, the screen is a 4.7" one...

    To compare, the ZTE Blade has the same resolution with only a 3.5" screen. That screen is really sharp.

    It doesn't help if the screen quality is suberb if the icons look like traffic signs. Who has a resolution of 1024 x 960 on their pc any more?

    Have a look at the Nexus Prime specs (1280 x 720 px with the 4.65" screen).