HTC Sensation XE Review

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HTC Sensation XE which is announced recently is the right choice for all the music lovers. It is basically the same HTC Sensation with a couple of upgrades, the highpoint being the Beats Audio and the processor. Lets discuss the features and specifications of the phone in detail further.

Uses 2G (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) and 3G (HSDPA 900/2100), (HSDPA 900/1700/2100).

Weight and Dimensions
The phone weighs 151 g. The dimensions of the phone are 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm.

Sensation XE has the same shape and striped aluminium design on the back as the HTC Sensation but comes with red accents and a darker chassis.

The phone has a 4.3 inch qHD touchscreen (540 x 960 pixel resolution) with 16 M colors. To handle touchscreen eaily, certain features like Proximity Sensor for auto turn off, Multi Touch input method, Accelerometer sensor for UI auto rotate, Gyro Sensor, HTC Sense UI and Touch Sensitive Controls are also added.

The phone captures crystal clear pictures (3264 x 2448 pixels) with the 8 Megapixel autofocus camera and dual LED Flash. The other features include Geo Tagging, Touch Focus, image stabilization, face detection and instant capture. The phone has a capacity to record videos in HD videos(1080p,30fps). There is a front focus VGA camera present for video calls.

HTC Sensation XE features a Beat Audio profile with audio manipulation technology. You need to have Beats Headphones to actually feel it and thankfully a pair of earbuds is already included in the box. It is easy to switch between Beats Audio and normal HTC Sound as the phone pops up the Beat Profile when the Beats earphones are connected. The sound in Beats Audio mode is crisp but has high bass level. Beats Audio mode is present in videos too which is quite impressive.
This entertainment phone can play variety of video formats like XviD/WMV/MP4/H.263 and audio MP3/AAC+/WMA/WAV. The phone can be connected to the TV by TV-out. The phone also has a 3.5mm headphone jack a Stereo FM radio with RDS.

The phone is powered by a 1.5GHz dual core processor, Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm MSM 8260 Snapdragon with 768 MB RAM.

HTC Sensation XE runs on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread OS.

The phone features GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, GPS and microUSB 2.0. The Internet Browser is quite impressive offering speed up to 14.4 Mbps in HSDPA band and up to 5.76 Mbps in HSUPA band.

Social Networking
Social Apps like Facebook, Twitter, Google Search, Maps, My Space, YouTube can be found.

Memory Status
Out of the 4GB internal memory, only 1GB is available for users. This space can be increased up to 32GB using microSD card.

Battery Life
It has got a Li-Ion battery of 1730 MAH. The battery is better than HTC Sensation but the improved processor can eat up a lot of it. The battery offers talk time of 9h 16min (2G)/ 7h 20min(3G) and a standby time of 310h (2G).

Other Basic Features
HTC Sensation XE comes with loads of features which include Digital Compass, HTML Web Browser, JAVA MIDP emulator, Document Viewer, Digital Compass, Organizer, Push Mail, E Mail etc.

The Verdict
At a price of BHD 295, HTC Sensation XE is not an expensive phone compare to latest phones in the market today. With it’s Beats Audio Mode, fast processor and a good battery life, the phone is not a bad pick. If you are looking for a HTC Android phone and are confused between Sensation and Sensation XE, then the obvious choice will be Sensation XE. It has got a better look and a couple of upgrades which are impressive.

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