HTC Sensation XE unveiled: the first with Beats Audio, 1.5GHz processor on board

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.

source: HTC via SlashGear

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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. krysis

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 14, 2009

this phone looks more droid incredible-ish than the htc vigor does,

11. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Change the backing (to accomodate the LTE radio) and this essentially is the Vigor/TBolt 2. I don't believe the rumors about a 720p screen - the pixel density (342 ppi) would be off the chart and kill the battery.

2. kid1002 unregistered

Love that Dr. Dre icon on the back

4. krysis

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 14, 2009

i dunno, i'm not too big of a fan for that. thinking about the vigor having HTC, Google, Verizon 4gLTE and beatsaudio logo's on the back, might as well give me a t-shirt to carry around with all that crap on it, lol. nothing a case can't cover up though.

5. kid1002 unregistered

lol true that.

3. KEVlN

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

I hope this will replace the T-Mobile variant. The sensation 4g had problems with its screen response that shouldn't go unnoticed. Then again, I'm thinking about it and I'm not sure t-mobile would make that move and replace their version with this updated version seeing that the amaze/ruby is on its way with similar specs.

6. MRz unregistered

I love the color scheme. Black and Red... and yeah, i love the dr dre logo...

7. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Who is the carrier?

8. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

a remote control? for your cell phone? i assume its just for audio controls while its docked, but couldnt you just set up a bluetooth connection?

9. Hotness. unregistered

Just got an Iphone 4 and will be returning because not much customization plus small screen. This, however, has some damn character! This could be the one. flap flap flap... yum!

10. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

$800 no way. that's $200 dollars more than the regular one, ok the new paint job looks awesome but I'm not paying that much for something. I do think its time for HTC to move on from Qualcomm and stop using A8 chipsets. affectively if u buy a phone with a dual core s3 chip you're actually getting a single core one, since the second core is hardly ever used. The difference between a8 and a9 isn't huge. and Qualcomm GPUs are almost as good as Tegra 2 ones and far better then OMAP ones.

12. NoFan unregistered

Its $200 more because it has those expensive headsets. With the addition of the other features I see how the cost could come up to even higher than this, however I don't see too many regular people paying for it. Music junkies will, techy people will just to have it. I will beacuse its the Vigor. (got the intel :)

13. HTC unregistered

1.5GHz dual-core wow nice job HTC. However this version will have a way higher price than the old HTC Sensation (source Dutch) even though the specifications are only slightly better and the old Sensation was already working just fine.

14. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

It's still using the same FLAWED BlueZ blue tooth stack that won't phone book sync to cars older than 2010 that have blue tooth 2.xx Skip this and get the Galaxy S II or Nexus Prime.

15. CostcoHotDogs unregistered

HTC= weaka$$ adreno 220 gpu and scorpion processor=Failed IDC how high HTC clocks up their SOC it still failed compared to the superiority of the exynos.

16. savien808

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

I want it!

17. HD2owner unregistered

Looks nice with those red accents. But still, 200 dollars extra for new paint and a bit faster processor? Shame that they kept old rubbish in-line remote and just replaced cheap earbuds with Dr. Dre... Still, no music track controls (prev, next) Cmon HTC, u can do better than that!

18. Striker unregistered

Nice looks, great hardware and...Android?!? No, thanks HTC!

19. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

needs more ram. 1 GB at least for a handset like this

20. Leodrade

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

I'm disappointed i thought it would come with one of those Beats by Dr. Dre Studio headphones not this in-ear one

21. Damon unregistered

I like that the Sensation has Beats audio along with some enhancements to the speed. Also with features such as 4G and a dual-core processor that will make downloading movies and streaming music a snap! The app that I use to stream movies would be the DISH Remote Access app. I love this app because it lets me stream live TV from my 922 SlingLoaded receiver to my phone anywhere I am! As a customer and employee of DISH Network, I have been using the app for a long time, and I know it would do wonders on the Sensation XE! Hopefully it doesn’t take too long to get to the US!

22. Hi unregistered

I love the color and red - Perfect mix :)

23. funguy unregistered

u all r super G . A...... Y

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