HTC Sensation XE, a touch of Dr. Dre

HTC Sensation XE

Launched in October 2011, the HTC Sensation XE is the first smartphone with Beats Audio by Dr. Dre. Its design has certain aspects that show us it is a Beats Audio phone excepting the logo: it has three shades of black, the cover from the ear piece speaker is red and the touch sensitive controls have red light.

It isn’t very slim like other smartphones in its range but it doesn’t feel that it has 11.3mm in thickness. It’s a little more compact than Motorola Razr, which is very wide; it has 126×65.4mm and weighs 151g.

The Sensation XE has a 4.3 inches S-LCD display with a qHD resolution at 640×960 pixels and 256ppi pixel density. It supports multitouch and has HTC Sense UI 3.5. The display is not so impressive because it doesn’t have any protection and the brightness is poor in direct sun light but we can’t say it is of the lowest kidney.

On the hardware side we can see that Sensation XE has a Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon chipset with a dual core Scorpion processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. The RAM amount has 768Mb and helps the Adreno 220 GPU. Internal storage has 4GB with 1GB user available and you can expand it with a microSD card up to 32GB. The Sensation XE comes with Android OS 2.3.4 Gingerbread and from March 2012 the Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 update is available for it. The browsing experience and running apps from Play Store are working very well.

The microUSB slot is found on the left side of the phone under the oversized volume buttons. Wi-Fi supports DLNA and Wi-Fi Hotspot and has b/g/n protocols. In 2G mode data traffic can go up to 236 Kbps and in 3G mode HSDPA can reach 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps. Bluetooth is version 3.0 with A2DP.

HTC has made a good job with the Sensation’s XE camera. It has an 8MP sensor with dual LED flash, autofocus, touch focus, geo-tagging, image stabilization, face detection and instant capture. It can shoot at 1080p HD resolution with 30 fps with stereo sound recording.

The battery has more than 200 mAh than the Sensation. It has 1730 mAh and can offer one day of intensive use and it can be recharged very fast. I think it can do better if you don’t make use of Wi-Fi or 3G and internet browsing.

The HTC Sensation XE is a complete smartphone which offers a good user experience and the most attractive thing is that it comes with Beats Audio headphones out of the box (only the headphones price is around £80). It has a high price but you won’t regret if you buy it. You can find good deals with the Sensation XE and other phones at With its 8MP camera, Beats Audio support, good display, powerful CPU, the Sensation XE was designed as a multimedia phone. But it can fit for any kind of people even those with high expectation will like it.


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