HTC Sensation XE Hands-on

HTC Sensation XE Hands-on
The HTC Sensation is still one of the best phones on the market so why are HTC already releasing a follow-up only months after its launch? Well it's got something to do with the sweet sound of music and its ability to generate what many refer to as "ka-ching!". What are we talking about? Of course, it's the partnership between the Taiwanese manufacturer and Beats Audio. To herald this new line of musically geared phones, HTC has souped up its flagship sprinkling red accents around the handset. The grill above the screen, the capacitive buttons below and the camera on the reverse are all tinted rouge. This HTC Sensation XE isn't just beefed up in the aesthetics department. HTC has clocked the handset to a melodic 1.5GHz dual-core and have amped up the battery to a cool 1750MAh.

All this Beats Audio talk would stand for nothing if it didn't translate into an enhanced music experience, so rest assured, the HTC Sensation XE not only ships with Beats Audio ibeats in ear buds, but is also optimized specifically for them. In fact, plug in the supplied headphones and the Beats Audio logo magically appears in the notifications bar to let you know that you're having a premium audio experience. Don't like what you hear? Fret not, simply uncheck the Beats Audio option and you'll get back to your standard HTC output, complete with optional SRS audio enhancement.

The rest of the phone is predictably similar to the HTC Sensation, 4.3" qHD Super LCD screen, four capacitive buttons below, 8GB of internal memory and HTC's trademark solid build quality. Given the HTC Sensation being such a solid phone, the prospects for the HTC Sensation XE are looking good. We should be getting a review unit in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on for a review and our verdict on the first HTC Beats Audio device.

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Sensation XE
  • Display 4.3" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1730 mAh(7.41h 3G talk time)



1. dacastrator unregistered

Bad A$$ phone.

8. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

As usual with htc.

2. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

Captive buttons are red! Now that's sick!

4. Galen20K

Posts: 577; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

I like the buttons red, but that red speaker grill looks tacky.

3. Flipopapotamus unregistered

Does this one have MHL in it too?

5. arun406

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 21, 2011


20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yes, its launching oct/nov. its the SENSATION.. lol

6. zach unregistered

That phone honestly looks so bada$$ the whole design on it just looks sick as f*ck, hope it comes to verizon!!

42. JDubNYY unregistered

It is it's calles the HTC Vigor ( Icredible HD, or they came up with some other possible name) but the one for Verizon has a 720p screen instead of that crappy qHD so its going to beeee SSSSIIIIICCCCKKKK! And despite what haters say the Vigor for Verizon will have Beats Audio!

7. slandy7

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I'm digging the red buttons!


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Considering its the sensation I'm pretty sure its going to t mobile

10. java unregistered

Just don't get caught using that phone in the wrong part of LA. You'll get shot for sure. :P


Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

Damn.. Your Right..

11. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

Is anything from the Sensation line coming to Sprint? The EVO 3D isnt really doing it for me.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

you should get the epic touch 4g

14. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

Ya I've had my eyes on that, but I've just been looking out for HTC's next top-of-the-line offering that doesn't boast 3D as the seller. 3D on it was ok,but I'm not interested really. I'm sort of a HTC fan, I love their phones more than I do Samsung even if they are more difficult to "play" with. Their phone design and UI always have my attention but they have really fell behind with the Galaxy S II in terms of power. If I don't see anything in the coming weeks I may just have to go for the SGS II and end up putting Sense on it..

19. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Lol the most powerful phone has really fallen behind in terms of power. Yes sense is #1 :).

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

are you on crack? seriously? the SGS2 fell behind in power?? ITS THE MOST POWERFUL ANDROID SMARTPHONE (and probably most powerful period) ON THE PLANET. lol

23. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

that's not what he meant. xD he meant HTC fell behind Samsung with the Galaxy S II in terms of power.

26. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Poor wording I got it now to. Couldn't agree more painkiller

35. Lawk unregistered

The SGS2 has a Yamaha DAC and other hardware limitations going on that make it inferior to the first gen Wolfson SGS in terms of audio auality. So recommending a SGS2 variant makes no sense for the audiophile. That said it remains unclear to me if the XE has a different DAC and or amp than the standard one or if the XE just has a beats equalizer preset.

43. JDubNYY unregistered

Than you should drop that s**ty ass sprint and go to T-Mobile USA!

13. phoneguru unregistered

the evo+ should be comming out soon the true next version of the evo so that might be what your looking for

15. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

If it just had a 720p hd screen i would have jizzed my pants...

44. JDubNYY unregistered

The HTC Vigor for Verizon will have a 720p screen! I can't wait for that phone it's going to be my next for SURE! SSOO SICK!

16. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Htc can do what they feel like. Galaxy S2 is the Beast

18. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

well does it sound good?

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

meh. 0.3% more ghz and a slightly bigger battery still wont let it play keep up with an SGS2.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Its going to take the next Samsung phone to beat the sgs2.

30. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

wow someone don't know how to do math. It is a 25% increase in speed. You know (.3/1.2)x100=25 And raw power mean nothing when the user don't enjoy it. A few people don't like touchwiz 4.0. A few people don't like Super AMOLED screen because it has unrealistic color i.e our saturated warm color. A few people like higher resolution screen. A few people like heavier feeling phone that have a 16:9 ratio. So ya, you feel like the SGS2 is the best good for you, but this a HTC article why are you here?

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