As expected, HTC and Vodafone Germany have announced yesterday, at a joint press conference, the upcoming launch of the HTC One XL, the LTE sister-model of the HTC One X, which was previously launched in the U.S. and Australia and Asia. Sharing the same look and feel, the HTC One XL is is running Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich, which is enhanced with HTC's own HTC Sense 4 UI. Like other One XL's, the European XL is also not sporting Nvidia's Tegra 3 quad-core CPU but Qualcomm's S4 dual-core CPU at 1.5 GHz only. The reason is, that Nvidia isn't supporting LTE at the moment. The European HTC One XL is supporting quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dualband UMTS/HSPA+/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz and triband LTE at 800/1800/2600 MHz.
It also feature DLNA certified WiFi a/b/g/n (at 2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, the Android typical Gyroscope and G-sensors, a digital compass as well as a proximity and an ambient light sensor and NFC.
Like the One XL comes with the same polycarbonate unibody design as the One X and features a crispy and flat 4,7" Gorilla Glass protected Super LCD2 HD touchscreen at 720p. The 8 megapixel main camera comes with continuous auto focus and features a smart LED flash which determines the distance from the subject, a BSI sensor (for better low-light captures), a F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens which also allows to record 1080p HD videos. HTC's new Sense 4 software supports to capture a photo in the midst of recording HD video as well as a continuous shooting mode which captures multiple snapshots with a single tap. The video stabilization feature removes annoying and shaky motion. The front facing camera supports 1.3 megapixel which is enough for video telephony and chat as well as it allows to snap some decent self-portraits. Quite typical for HTC's upper-class smartphones is the support for Beats by Beats Audio.
The One XL requires a micro-SIM and comes with 32 GB flash memory which can be expanded with HTC's free 25 GB of Dropbox online storage. Micro SD memory cards aren't supported.
Other than that, the device comes with the HTC One-series typical Android 4.0 button layout which features the home, back and most recently used keys. While the micro USB port supports MHL-HDMI, the One XL also comes with extra pogo pins which are used for audio out and charging the device, together with the separately available desktop cradle.
At a size of 134.x x 69.0 x 8.9 mm, the HTC One XL weights 129 gram , including the non removable 1.800 mAh Li-Polymer battery.
The HTC One XL will be available in Germany from early June in white and black, while Vodafone Germany will carry the black version only. Other carriers which were announced yesterday to offer the One XL later are Deutsche Telekom and O2 Germany. Without a contract it will be available for 699 Euro from Vodafone and 659 Euro from HTC.
Cheers ~ Arne