Announced last month, AT&T's upcoming HTC LTE-smartphone flagship is the sister-device of the HTC One X. Sharing the same look and feel, the HTC One XL is HTC's LTE version of the One X. Like the X, the XL is running Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich, which is enhanced with HTC's own HTC Sense 4.0. However, it's not featuring the X's Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU but Qualcomm's S4 dual-core CPU at 1.5 GHz only. The reason for this is, that Nvidia isn't supporting LTE at the moment. Depending on the version, the HTC One XL is supporting quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as either triband UMTS/HSPA+/HSUPA at 850/1900/2100 MHz (AT&T) or 850/900/1900/2100 MHz (Asia/Australia).
North America's AT&T version supports LTE at 700/1700 MHz (B17/B4) while the Asian/Australian version supports LTE at 1800/2600 MHz. However, both versions 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 X is the One XL following HTC's long tradition of unibody designs which is this time made of polycarbonate. The super sharp, crispy and flat 4,7" Gorilla Glass protected Super LCD2 touchscreen features a HD 720p screen resolution and 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 4.0 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 Betas by Beats Audio.
The One XL requires a mico-SIM and nteresting enough, AT&T decided to cut the inbuilt flash memory, which can't be expanded with microSD memory cards, to 16 GB only. The Asia-Pacific One XL is featuring 32 GB as the One X does. And AT&T has also not included HTC's free 25 GB of Dropbox online storage.
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 is available exclusively from AT&T on May 6 as the HTC One X and comes in white with the device, a charger and a USB to micro USB cable. Not included is the HTC typical stereo headset as well as it's not coming in HTC's funky design packaging but a plain AT&T retail box. With a two-year contract it will be available for US$ 199 only! But be aware, AT&T's One X is net-locked and can't be used with any other non-AT&T SIM cards.
Cheers ~ Arne