Conclusion: If you’re currently in the market for a new phone and you’re weighing up the Sensation and the Sensation XE then it's no contest, we’d say to plump for the latter option. It’s altogether a much slicker proposition and the bundled Beats Audio in-ear headphones are great. It’s worth shelling out a little extra.
Pros: Faster processor, Overall slicker experience than the original HTC Sensation, Huge 4.3-inch screen is great for web browsing, Powerful 8-megapixel camera
Cons: Not running latest version of HTC Sense, Small amount of internal memory, Battery life isn’t great
Summary: At a street price of Rs. 33,990, it’s about Rs. 3000 more than the old Sensation . But, for that extra money, you do get a bigger battery, more onboard storage for apps, a slightly faster CPU and Beats in-earphones, which in itself is worth roughly Rs. 6,000, so all in all, it’s a pretty good deal HTC is offering. But, like any smart shopper, you would first survey the competition and see what’s on offer, and boy are there many good phones to choose from.
Summary: Exceptionally sensational! That is what the Sensation XE is, well and truly. It carries forward the good looks of the elder cousin, and just improves on that a teeny bit. The performance is massively different, and network loss/ death grip issues donï¿½t plague this phone.
Pros: Feels classy, expensive and solid, Very good performance, Display good for multimedia viewing, Battery life helped immensely by the bigger battery
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: Along with the speedier processor, HTC has also upped the battery capacity on the Sensation XE. The original came with a 1520mAH while the new one has a 1730mAH battery- not the highest capacity battery we’ve seen on a phone (which has to the Motorola Atrix) but still pretty impressive.
Conclusion: Multimedia features seem to be the most important aspects for any mobile phone. A device seems to be incomplete if it does not include a good camera or music features. Let’s see how things stand up with HTC Sensation XE. The camera of the device is a 8 mega pixel snapper with 3264x2448 pixels resolutions, dual LED flash, image stabilization, geo tagging, face detection, etc. The camera can also capture videos at 1080@30fps, which is quite decent.
Excerpt: Take the original HTC Sensation , add a splash of black and red paint and a Beats Audio logo and you end up with the HTC Sensation XE. Best described as a minor upgrade to its predecessor, the HTC Sensation XE represents decent value for money but doesn't manage to blow away the original model.
Excerpt: Beats Audio is a fabulous feature, plus the Sensation XE has a top display and great snapper too. Understated red touches and an all-black reverse all add up to a smooth, classy-looking phone, that feels good in the hand too.