iPhone 4 Rival Alert : HTC Sensation XL Available On Three

HTC's largest handset, the HTC Sensation XL, is now available from Three on Pay as you go and pay monthly from £450 and £34 per month (on a two year contract) respectively.

The device features a massive 4.7inch capacitive touchscreen but a rather disappointing WVGA resolution - qHD res like the smaller Sensation would have been better.

It also features a single core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, 768MB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, an eight-megapixel main camera with HD video recording, dual LED flash and a f/2.2 aperture, a 1.3-megapixel front camera but lacks a microSD card slot.

Obviously, it is powered by Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with the HTC Sense UI layer on top, plus a white design and the red Beats Audio logo at the back (and accompanying software and hardware onboard).

In fact, the Sensation XL is not dissimilar - hardware-wise - to its Windows Phone 7 cousin, the HTC Radar. On a £40 "The One" deal, customers can expect to get 2000 minutes, 5000 texts, 5000 3-to-3 minutes, all you can eat data as well as unlimited tethering and free Skype.

Overall though, one could argue that the Samsung Galaxy S2 with a higher resolution and a dual core SoC or even the original Sensation could be better options at cheaper entry prices.