HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio announced

HTC‘s investment into Beats by Dr. Dre has finally gotten some airtime with the refresh of their flagship Android smartphone, the HTC Sensation XE.

It’s not really a surprise that HTC wants some of that rockstar vibes that comes with Beats. The only difference between the old HTC Sensation and the Sensation XE is the bump in clock-speed to 1.5GHz.

HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio specs:
4.3 inches @ 540 x 960 pixels
1.5 GHz dual-core processor
Adreno 220 GPU
Qualcomm MSM 8260 Snapdragon
Gorilla glass display
1 GB storage, 768 MB RAM
up to 32GB via microSD, 8GB included
HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, WiFi hotspot
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
8MP autofocus camera, dual-LED flash
1080p @ 30fps video, stereo sound recording
GPS with A-GPS support
Li-Ion 1730 mAh
HTC Sense 3.5 UI
Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread

So aside from the 20% increase in clock speed, a couple hundred milli-amps more on the battery and the inclusion of custom Beats earphones, it’s basically the same sleek and sexy HTC Sensation we’ve all known for some time. As for the price, we expect something in the premium range — possibly around or above the original suggested retail price of the Sensation when it first came out (remember, Beats earphones are pretty expensive on their own).

Expected release is last quarter of 2011. For our thoughts about the HTC Sensation, you can read our full review here.

17 Comments on this Post

  1. Priced. Will sell for £489.95 or about P33,500. Shipping on October 7.

  2. wala hiya, parang pc industry na smart phone pinagtatalunan na GHZ at core count, cguro bukas makalawa my smart phone ng liquid cooled w/ unlockable cores

  3. No wonder the sound quality of the Sensation was so and so, compared to the Desire S’s. An XE version was coming out with Beats Audio. Pretty slick move by HTC.

  4. I just bought an S2……. and now this! One with Beats Audio! Great. :/

  5. When this came out I was partially disappointed since I just got the Sensation. I thought the Beats integration would start with the replacement of the flagship model. The price point would be the only saving grace on my end. If it is too expensive, due to the addition of the headset, then its fine with me. But if the price of the Beats earphones gets subsidized for more than 25%, then am going to be sad. Hehe.

  6. I’m getting that earphones.

  7. Why can’t HTC create phones with more onboard storage? Only 1 GB? Surely they can do better than that…

  8. This is so cool, a computer in a pocket.

  9. Wow! Thank goodness I haven’t bought a new smartphone yet because I was eying for Sensation and S2. This new version of Sensation is quite a feat knowing that Sensation’s audio is reportedly so so and is left by notches by S2.

  10. I really like HTC phones, really cool designs. I hope that big battery does the trick and those headphones that let you answer a call are a great addition to this phone.

  11. wildlife

    may news na ba kung kailan exact date ng release nito sa philippines? nag tanong ako kahapon sa SM North Annex HTC wala pa daw eh.

  12. Corned beef

    Meron nko nakitang nagbebenta ng XE sa robinsons ermita, mga 34k ata.

  13. bat 1G lang… pangit nman hindi sulit.. ang mahal pa nman ng price for 1G mem lang? yung iba nga dyan nasa 32G na.. sila 1G? parang kapariha lang ng price sa iphone… potek…

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