It’s a battle between titans as the LG Optimus EX faces off with HTC’s Sensation XL in an all-out competition of epic proportions. The massive Sensation XL is a great update of sorts to its younger brother, the HTC Sensation. On the other hand, LG is known for bringing its first dual-core smartphone in the form of the LG Optimus 2X, but this time around we’re happy to know that LG is bringing a new upgrade to its Optimus line with the LG Optimus EX.

In this article we’ll take a closer look at whether LG’s new Optimus can stand up to HTC’s Sensation XL–or vice-versa.

Design and Display

The HTC Sensation XL is a beast with its gigantic 4.7-inch capacitive S-LCD touchscreen, hence the XL acronym suggesting “extra large.” Measuring 132.5 x 70.7 x 9.9 mm, and weighing around 162.5 grams, the device is heavy considering that the Galaxy Note is larger but lighter than the Sensation XL with only 16 grams apart. The device is fairly compact and sleek for a device branding itself with an XL tag.

Polished with a metal-like finish with fine silver lining from top to bottom, the Optimus EX doesn’t fail to delight. The slate-like form factor of the device takes the same shape as the Optimus 2X. Slightly smaller than the Sensation XL, the Optimus EX boasts a 4.0-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen and weighs around 127 grams–significantly lighter than the HTC phone.


Under the hood, the Optimus EX sports a 1 GHz dual-core Cortex NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset. LG has chosen NVIDIA for the latter’s excellence in graphics hardware, especially its powerful ULP GeForce GPU. On the other hand, the Sensation XL may not support dual-core capabilities, but its fierce 1.5 GHz Scorpion processor onboard is a killer.

RAM and Memory

The Sensation XL comes preloaded with a massive 16 GB internal storage onboard and 768 MB of RAM compared to the Optimus EX’s 8 GB of internal storage but with a larger 1 GB of RAM. The Optimus EX can further be expanded up to 32 GB with the aid of the built-in microSD card slot. However, the Sensation XL doesn’t come with a microSD card slot; instead it heavily relies on its large internal storage to keep multimedia files in place. So, if you’re planning to watch HD videos on the Sensation XL, we advise that you choose only the good stuff.


The HTC Sensation XL manages to pull off an 8 MP camera that captures decent shots of up to 3264×2448 pixels. It is also capable of recording 720p videos at 30 fps, plus it has dual-LED flash support. Other notable features include slow-motion video recording, face detection, touch focus, and HDR.

The Optimus EX carries a typical 5 MP camera with 1080p or 720p video recording at 24 and 30 fps, respectively.


The Sensation XL is an HTC device and, being so, is expected to come with a full serving of HTC’s world-famous HTC Sense UI. Coming with the updated Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, it works really great with the HTC Sense 3.5. The HTC custom skin on top should not surprise many users, although the company made a few changes to make it look gorgeous.

Fresh out of the box, the Optimus EX also sports Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Previous users of the Optimus 2X will be familiar with LG’s user interface. The device features the same UI found on many LG devices.


LG’s new Optimus EX is a nifty little gadget for everyday use. It is the company’s new successor to the glorious Optimus 2X. However, it needs some more punch in the camera department. If you don’t like phones with huge screens, the Optimus EX is fantastic to use for multitasking or general smartphone use.

The HTC Sensation XL is a huge leap from its predecessor–literally–by offering a massive 4.7-inch screen running the famous Sense UI. Despite having a screen size larger than average smartphones, it remains pocket-friendly yet big enough for tasks such as web browsing and reading e-books on the go. Together with a nice camera, it’s more of an entertainment device. The Sensation XL will delight fans of phones with huge screens.

What’s your take on these two gorgeous devices from LG and HTC?

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Paul Nuñal
Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.