HTC Sensation XL gets announced – like the HTC Titan, but with Android

Well, there we go; we now know what today’s HTC event was all about, and annoyingly, it wasn’t the official unveiling of the HTC Vigor. No sirree, what it actually was, it turns out, was the unveiling of the HTC Runnymede, or to give it its final release name, the HTC Sensation XL.

And as we all expected it’s basically the HTC Titan, but with Android on it, instead Windows Phone 7. Oh, and Beats Audio, as well. Specs-wise, you’re looking at a massive 4.7 inch screen, albeit one that’s only running at 480 x 800 pixels, which is a bit of a let-down. Also, it’s only rocking a single-core processor, although it’s clocked to run at 1.5GHz. The processor was a let-down in the Titan, and alas, it’s a let-down, here…

If I’m honest, the problem I have with the HTC Sensation XL is that, well, everything about it feels like a compromise. It has the big screen, but it’s compromised by being relatively low-resolution, for its size. It has the fast processor, but it’s compromised by not being dual-core. That makes the phone much less appealing, to me, than its sibling, the HTC Sensation XE.

Hell, I’ll be honest, it makes it less appealing than the original HTC Sensation, despite the fact it includes something the original didn’t, in the shape of Beats Audio. And it’s a shame, it really is, especially when you factor in that the Nexus Prime is due to be announced next week, and it looks like that phone will be as uncompromising, and as mind-blowing, as they come.

Ah well, best cross my fingers for the HTC Vigor, then, eh…

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