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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 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.

You are such an angry, silly little man

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