The HTC Sensation XE is a shiny new release that lets you catch up on the latest about their Android flagship. A luxury edition for audiophiles with some extra kick squeezed out of the CPU. Old song to a new tune, if you will.
Needless to say that we were pretty excited as it represents quite an improvement even over the already impressive Sensation. We are talking an even faster dual-core CPU (1.5GHz vs. 1.2GHz), an updated Sense UI (v3.5) and the addition of the highly regarded Beats audio to the mix here.
Beats Audio is a big part of the deal in the new Sensation XE. HTC have teamed up with Beats by Dr. Dre to boost the phone's credentials to audio purists. There's special sound processing on the inside and a Monster iBeats headset in the box.
The other things they tinkered with are the processor and battery. The two cores are now ticking at 1.5 GHz and the battery's been beefed up to 1730 mAh. The rest is familiar but by no means boring. The HTC Sensation is a dual-core super droid with a massive 4.3 qHD touchscreen, 8MP stills and Full HD video.
The XE is not a replacement of the original Sensation. It's a special edition with very specific targeting. A new brand spanking.
The build and finish are nearly identical to the original model, but for the BeatsAudio logo and red color accents. Those seem to make quite a lot of difference and to us the Sensation XE is the better looking phone. And HTC did well to make it easily recognizable.
So, how will the two flagships get along? This isn't going to be a rivalry we think. The Sensation XE has a very specific target and the original Sensation can only benefit from a price drop - albeit a minor one. There's a six month gap between the two. Too soon for releasing a massive upgrade but enough time for the initial excitement to wane.
It's a sensible move from HTC to try and rekindle the love. And they did well to give the new version a unique selling feature.
Main Advantages Over Other Smart Phones At This Price Range:
- Sensation XE has a better software (constantly updated and Best UI-Sense), Solid build and more user friendly actually.
- Nothing much cause they did such a fantastic job in web browsing and battery performance (considered alright for smartphone)
Just remember, The Samsung Galaxy S II back-cover is so close to battery and so thin that makes Samsung Galaxy S II so much HOTTER. You can bake pancake in no time!
- XE comes with beats earphone which is a TOTAL plus.
- The Sensation XE being a music-oriented phone comes with a 16GB microSD card right out of the box - plenty of room for a respectable music collection.
- But enough about the headset. Now head over to the next page for our hands-on impressions of the HTC Sensation XE itself.
Here's a quick overview of the HTC Sensation XE key specs:
HTC Sensation XE at a glance:
- General: GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS 900/2100 MHz, HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
- Form factor: Touchscreen bar phone
- Dimensions: 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm, 151 g
- Display: 4.3" 16M-color qHD (540 x 960 pixels
- ) S-LCD capacitive touchscreen; Gorilla glass
- Platform: Dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm MSM 8260 Snapdragon chipset
- RAM: 768MB
- OS: Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread)
- Memory: 1 GB storage, microSD card slot (16GB in the box)
- Camera: 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with face detection, touch focus and image stabilization; Full HD (1080p) video recording at 30fps, dual LED flash, VGA front facing camera
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, standard microUSB port, GPS receiver with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio, TV-out (MHL)
- Misc: Sense 3.5 UI, DivX/XviD codec support, Beats audio enhancements and headphones in the package, 1730mAh battery, built-in accelerometer, multi-touch input, proximity sensor, gyroscope sensor, ultra-fast boot times
Beats Audio is the result of HTC and Beats by Dr. Dre teaming up and will come in the form of special sound processing on the inside and a special Beats headset in the box.
Here are some of the Main disadvantages of HTC Sensation XE
- Death grip issues for both GSM and Wi-Fi radios
- Less than impressed with the screen's outdoor performance
- Unimpressive camera results
- No dedicated camera key
- microSD is under the battery cover (you'll lose all wireless signal when open the cover)
Is it worth the extra asking price? Always a legitimate question, this one is even more pertinent given HTC's usually steep pricing. To be fair though, the Monster headset alone pretty much offsets the premium. If you are not interested in music and if you are not a music lover, this phone will not matter much in real life use. Not even a Bit.