There have been two new smart phones recently released by both Samsung and HTC that offer significantly larger touch screen displays than the majority of other models, the new HTC Sensation XL and Samsung Galaxy Note are both bordering on being tablet sized devices but boast smart phone features.
The HTC Sensation XL is very close to being an Android version of the Windows powered HTC Titan that offers a 4.7 inch touch screen whilst the Samsung Galaxy Note tops this with an industry leading 5.3 inch display, we take a closer look at both of these new devices to see which one comes out on top.
The Samsung Galaxy Note wins when it comes to power with its dual core 1.4GHz chip beating the single core 1.5GHz processor of the HTC Sensation XL and a very large 2500 mAh battery outperforming the 1600 mAh cell of the Sensation XL.
The main touch screen resolution competition also goes to the Galaxy Note with an 800 x 1200 pixel, Super AMOLED display against HTC's 480 x 800 pixel resolution screen which is finished in Gorilla Glass for added protection.
Both of these new Android phones come pre-loaded with the 2.3 gingerbread operating system but only the Samsung model has been confirmed to receive an update to the newer Android 4.0 OS known as Ice Cream Sandwich once it is released.
This is not to say that the HTC will not receive the newer software as this could be announced further down the line, the new system is to be launched first in the latest Google phone; the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, before any other model will be allowed to pick up the update.
When it comes to overall dimensions the Sensation XL is the smaller and lighter model of the two measuring 133 x 71 x 10 mm and weighing 163g against the bulk of the Galaxy Note at 146 x 83 x 10 mm and a weight of 170g, this is mostly due to the larger screen of the Samsung model but does make for a big phone.
The HTC Sensation XL also wins when it comes to audio capabilities with Beats Audio technology included as standard, this makes for an advanced listening experience both via headphones and the external speaker system.
In conclusion, the Samsung Galaxy Note offers overall superior specifications but is a more expensive device to buy, many HTC fans will always opt for the Sensation XL purely because they enjoy the HTC Sense user interface and the different design of the manufacturers phones.