Conclusion: We say kudos to HTC for trying to diversify the Android lineup branching into specialized smartphones like the audio-oriented Sensation XE, an upgrade to one already excellent flagship. However, we are not impressed by the minor improvements. As there is nothing new in the audio-centric hardware or the music player, the only improvements are the great in-ear headphones bundled with the phone, and the Beats Audio mode, which some will not use.
Pros: Comes with a high quality set of headphones, Very good background noise cancellation for outgoing calls, Both processor and battery capacity are upped compared to the original Sensation, Cool red highlights set the Sensation XE design apart, Stereo audio recording during 1080p HD video capture
Cons: Beats Audio isn't much else than a sound profile, The microphones are set on too sensitive while recording video, No FLAC format support, The picture quality from the 8MP camera could be better
Conclusion: HTC have a flagship they want to keep you interested in. Easier said than done. Six months after the launch of the original, the HTC Sensation XE is raising the bar. But HTC are trying to keep a fine balance. They wouldn't want to push the envelope and make the original Sensation obsolete. The bar shouldn't be set too high either before the next flagship is due. As far as we can tell, they nailed it.
Pros: Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support, 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, 4.3" 16M-color capacitive LCD touchscreen of qHD resolution (540 x 960 pixels); Gorilla glass, Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0, 1.5 GHz dual Scorpion CPUs, Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 chipset, 768 MB RAM and 1 GB of app storage, Beats audio enhancement and premium Monster ibeats headset, 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash; face detection and geotagging, 1080p ...
Cons: Death grip issues for both GSM and Wi-Fi radios, Less than impressed with the screen's outdoor performance, Unimpressive camera results, No dedicated camera key, microSD is under the battery cover (you'll lose all wireless signal when open the cover)
Excerpt: Aaron reviews the HTC Sensation XE , the first Beats by Dr. Dre HTC device and the European brother to T-Mobile's HTC Sensation 4G. It's powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU and offers a 4.3-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, 1,730 mAh battery, Android 2.3 with HTC Sense 3.0, and a nice pair of Beats headphones.
Excerpt: Aaron takes an in-depth look at the HTC Sensation XE , the Beats-toting brother to T-Mobile's HTC Sensation 4G. The HTC Sensation XE packs a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU, 4.3-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, a front-facing camera, 1,730 mAh battery, and Android 2.3 with Sense 3.0, all in a grey body with red accents. It's not available in the United States, but for those in other countries, it's a great option. Part 1 of 2.
Summary: We reviewed the HTC Sensation back in July this year; the smartphone was pretty impressive, scoring a high 9 on the HWZ scale for its overall performance. The smartphone was released while the industry was thrust into the thick of outfitting their phones with dual-core processors, with the HTC Sensation being the Taiwanese company's flagship 1.2GHz dual-core smartphone.
Summary: If you’re in the market for a music-oriented smartphone that bundles in some excellent audio technology and a decent set of headphones, look no further — the HTC Sensation XE is the one for you
Pros: iBeats headphones are great, Beats Audio makes a BIG difference, powerful processor, classic design, durable, premium-looking
Cons: It's heavy, Android Ice Cream Sandwich will out-date its software soon, expensive, limited internal storage