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HTC's Sensation XL ships with urBeats headphones

When HTC announced a deal with Beats Electronics, we knew it wouldn't be long before branded smartphones would start hitting the market. First up was the Sensation XE with its 1.5GHz processor.
Now we have the Sensation XL which was just announced today. The Sensation XL obviously has Beats Audio integration along with a massive 4.7" display (Engadget says that the screen resolution is still 800x480). The smartphone is 9.9mm thick, features an aluminum body, 16GB of internal storage, 8MP rear camera (f/2.2, 28mm, dual-LED flash) 1600 mAh battery, and packs in a 1.5GHz single-core processor (Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon). The Sensation XL is running Android 2.3 with HTC Sense 3.5 tacked on.
The Sensation XL will also ship with a pair of urBeats headphones.

“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 HTC CEO Peter Chou. “This is an amazing example of why our partnership with Beats makes so much sense for customers today and into the future.”
In other HTC news, the company announced that third quarter revenue jumped 79 percent to $4.4 billion USD while net income rose 68 percent to $612 million USD.

Sources: Engadget, Boy Genius Report

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RE: screen tooooooo biiggggggg
By MrTeal on 10/6/2011 2:17:54 PM , Rating: 2
I think it's a good size, looking at that image. The screen is going to be 4"x2.4", but with how thin the bezels around it won't be much bigger than existing smartphones. I'd estimate the external dimensions to be 5.2"x2.75", which isn't much bigger than the Galaxy S II with it's 4.27" screen.

The biggest problem is that 800x480 is a low resolution for that size screen. My Galaxy S has the same resolution in a 4" screen, it would be nice to see that bumped up to something like the 960x640 of the HTC Sensation (4.3" screen)

RE: screen tooooooo biiggggggg
By kleinma on 10/6/2011 2:27:06 PM , Rating: 3
The samsung prime beats the pants off this thing in the resolution dept.

RE: screen tooooooo biiggggggg
By Da W on 10/7/2011 8:44:05 AM , Rating: 2
This phone is for your ears, not for your eyes.

RE: screen tooooooo biiggggggg
By Flunk on 10/6/2011 3:13:07 PM , Rating: 3
I think the entire resolution argument is getting quite pointless at this point. A 24" monitor gets away with 1920x1080 and people are complaining about the 400x800 phone screens that are 4.7". There are really only so many details that you need to, or are able to see. Just because they can make a 1024x800 phone screen doesn't mean that there is any point in doing it.

RE: screen tooooooo biiggggggg
By MrTeal on 10/6/2011 3:40:01 PM , Rating: 4
True, but most people also view a monitor from a considerably further than a smartphone. I hold my phone about 15" from my eyes most of the time, and closer to 8-9" if I'm trying to read a web page. My monitors are 27" from my eyes when I'm sitting at my desk. The pixel pitch of my monitor is 0.28mm, so each pixel subtends 1.4 arcminutes. The pixel pitch of this 800x480 screen is 0.127mm, but at 9" from my eyes that's 1.9 arcminutes per pixel, actually larger than my 22" 1680x1050 monitor. Even at 12" it's only the same as my monitor.

The angular size of the pixels in cell phones is actually pretty close to the size of pixels in monitors at the distances they're used at, and people have been complaining about how display resolution hasn't been increasing with the move to 1080p panels in big 22" and 24" monitors for awhile now. I think a move to a higher res display in a 4.7" screen is pretty appropriate, and would make surfing the web easier on websites that don't rescale well and flow off the screen at 800x480 in landscape.

RE: screen tooooooo biiggggggg
By Reclaimer77 on 10/6/11, Rating: 0
RE: screen tooooooo biiggggggg
By TakinYourPoints on 10/6/2011 4:12:17 PM , Rating: 1
Optimal PPI is partly a product of viewing distance. The pixel density of a 60" 1080p HDTV is completely unacceptable at normal desktop monitor distances of 2-3 feet, but is fine for its intended distance of 7-10 feet.

The same logic applies to handheld devices. They are being viewed much closer than desktop monitors so higher pixel density is useful. Cramming more pixels does away with the need for anti-aliasing text. There is so much naturally fine detail now that smoothness doesn't need to be faked anymore.

This isn't only going to be limited to smartphones, it is coming to desktops as well. OS X Lion already has assets for double the pixel density of current displays, and Windows 8 will be shipping with double res assets as well. This is in preparation for upcoming desktop monitors that will probably be around 200 PPI. The new crop of 27" 2560x1440 monitors is already at a higher pixel density than traditional 24" and 30" monitors, and it's only going to increase from here. I own one myself and the advantages in terms of finer detail are apparent.

If you think ever increasing PPI is pointless in smartphones, well, suck it up and get ready to see them on desktop as well. :)

RE: screen tooooooo biiggggggg
By Reclaimer77 on 10/6/2011 4:20:30 PM , Rating: 2
If you think ever increasing PPI is pointless in smartphones

As usual you COMPLETELY miss the context of what somebody is saying. He was NOT saying that at all. PPI will increase based on what hardware and economics allow, not the other way around. He's just saying the phone doesn't suck just because it's not 720P or whatever.

OS X Lion already has assets for double the pixel density of current displays

Well I'm sure the 200 or so people out there still using OS X will enjoy that :P

By TakinYourPoints on 10/6/2011 10:20:19 PM , Rating: 1
I know they didn't teach reading comprehension in the trailer park, but here is what he said.

Just because they can make a 1024x800 phone screen doesn't mean that there is any point in doing it.

There are very good reasons to increase PPI (smoother fonts, finer details, etc). It is already getting to a point already where >250 PPI displays show finer detail than the printed page. It is a trend that has begun on smartphones and will actually continue on desktops.

On a side note, the holy grail for me will be e-paper at very high PPI. Can't wait.

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