HTC Sensation XE unveiled: the first with Beats Audio, 1.5GHz processor on board
The HTC Sensation XE has hit us out of the blue - we expected the HTC Runnymede to be the first one with Beats Audio, but the Sensation XE outpaced it and debuts with the signature red-cabled earphones delivering "fuller bass and crisper vocals", and both the software and hardware to aurally back them up.
That’s the main focus of the device - HTC aims to “set a new standard for audio quality in the mobile market,” and we’re curious to see more details about the audio processing muscle, responsible for high-fidelity sound on the handset. The in-ear headphones come with volume controls and a microphone and the phone is also shipped with a remote control in the box.
Except for Beats by Dre paraphernalia, the HTC Sensation XE looks just like the original Sensation - a 4.3-inch qHD Super LCD screen, an 8-megapixel shooter supporting 1080p video recording on the back, but under the hood is where changes are as the XE totes a speedier 1.5GHz dual-core processor.
On the software side, it runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread spiced up with HTC Sense 3.0. In addition, the handset sports a 1730mAh battery, larger than the 1520mAh juicer on the original Sensation.
The device is expected to hit Europe and Asia late September for some $800 (589 euro) off contract, but we’re looking forward to more information about stateside availability. In the meantime, feel free to check out our review of the HTC Sensation 4G, and stay tuned as we’ll update you as soon as we have more on the XE.