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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.