HTC Sensation XE
A new phone powered by Android
HTC and its smartphones are some of the best sellers today. The first HTC Sensation made quite a splash when it was officially launched earlier this year. In fact it proved to be so successful, that the company thought of improving the model and releasing it under a new name, Sensation XE, and a new description: Beats Audio handset. Should you get yourself this product or stick to the original Sensation? We tested the smartphone and this review is what we think.
The same external design
As far as looks go, the HTC Sensation XE looks identical to the first Sensation model, down to even the dimensions: 126.1mm x 65.4mm x 11.3mm. The weight, on the other hand, is a bit different: 151g. Overall the smartphone looks minimalistic when compared to, let’s say, the Samsung Galaxy S or iPhone 4S. The most striking differences between this version and the original Sensation are the black and red color scheme, the big, bold Beats logo on the rear and the camera’s lens which has a red ring around it. The casing is an unibody one and the back panel is rubberized, which means that the device won’t fall out of your hands the second you pick it up to use it. All the delicate parts of the Sensation XE smartphone are protected by the same back panel.
4.3″ Super LCD display
The screen of the Sensation XE measures the same 4.3″ Super LCD with 540 x 960 pixels; during our tests these were great for surfing the Internet and watching movies, among other things. A big plus for the display was the concave design that did a brilliant job of protecting it from scratches and fingerprints. Still, image quality paled in comparison to displays found on iPhones or the Samsung Galaxy S2. The glass the screen is made of comes with ultra-accurate input.
The HTC Sensation XE has, in terms of processor, a 1.5GHz dual-core version. By running this processor, the smartphone didn’t deliver lags and navigation went smoothly on the review time. Running many apps, browsing the Internet and writing text messages weren’t at all problematic.
Sense 3.0 included
Like the original HTC Sensation, this updated edition is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Sense 3.0. The OS makes the smartphone feature video calling using a combination of Google Talk and the phone’s front-facing camera. The interface is unique to this device and sports many widgets and apps to play with. The Sense 3.0 is, in our opinion, one of the most good-looking skins out of what’s available today. But that’s not all we liked about the interface; we were very delighted with a pull-down notification bar that enabled us to view running apps and monitor our phone’s RAM. Not to mention that we simply loved a widget called Stream, because it pulled updates from our Facebook and Twitter accounts into one easy-to-digest flow of data. From among pre-installed applications our favorites were the following: HTC Locations and HTC Watch.
The Sensation XE also ships with an 8-megapixel camera, which is the same as the one integrated on the original Sensation. Results were good, with more than enough details, exposure and beautiful colors. Videos also looked impressive and the smartphone gave us the possibility, during tests, to stream home movies to our HDTV via DLNA capability.
In the connectivity department, the device is compatible with 2G and 3G networks and offers support for 3.0 Bluetooth and Wi-Fi b/g/n. The 1,730 mAh cell battery struggled to get through a day of moderately heavy use, a not impressive battery life.
Simply put, the review conclusion is that the HTC Sensation XE is a good buy and will certainly rival with Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus.
|Official release date||2011, September|
|Phone actual status||Available. Release date 2011, October|
|General specifications||2G Network||GSM 850 MHZ / 900 MHZ / 1800 MHZ / 1900 MHZ|
|3G Network||HSDPA 900 / 2100|
|HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100|
|Dimensions||External dimensions||126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm|
|Total weight||151 g|
|Features||OS||Android OS, v2.3.4 (Gingerbread)|
|PROCESSOR||1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 220 GPU, Qualcomm MSM 8260 Snapdragon|
|Screen||Type||S-LCD capacitive touch screen, 16M Available Colours|
|Multi-touch input method|
|Dimensions||540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inches (~256 ppi pixel density)|
|Proximity Light sensor for auto shut down|
|Accelerometer Light sensor for UI auto-rotate|
|HTC Sense UI|
|Gyro Light sensor|
|Sound||Alert characteristics||Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Memory||Phone book||Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall|
|Internal||4 GB (1 GB user available), 768 MB RAM|
|Memory card slot||microSD card, up to 32GB,|
|Call records||Practically unlimited|
|Data||GPRS||Up to 80 kbps|
|3G||HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|EDGE||Up to 236.8 kbps|
|Bluetooth||Included, v3.0 with A2DP|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|USB||Included, microUSB (MHL) v2.0|
|Infrared port||Not included|
|Camera specifications||Primary camera||8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash,|
|Video||Included, 1980×1080 pixel, [email protected], stereo sound recording,|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch-focus, image stabilization, face detection, instant capture|
|Internet Browser||WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|GPS||Included, with A-GPS support|
|Java||Included, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Google Search, Maps, Gmail|
|YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa included|
|Time management organizer|
|Predictive text input|
|Stand-by time||Up to 310 h (2G) / Up to 540 h (3G)|
|Estimated talk time||Up to 9 h 16 min (2G) / Up to 7 h 20 min (3G)|
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-Ion 1730 mAh|