HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio hands-on

September 21, 2011

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Look what we have here for everyone, the HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio. HTC might be known by their tagline "Quietly Brilliant" but things sure are about to get a whole lot louder with the introduction of Beats Audio into their wide array of smartphones. We were able to meet with HTC and get some hands-on time with the Sensation XE earlier today and it sure looks and sounds impressive. Check out all the photos and details after the break.

A quick recap here -- the Sensation XE is everything we know and love about the original Sensation 4G except its been nicely improved upon. With a juiced up 1.5 GHz dual-core processor vs the 1.2 GHz in the original, it has a bigger battery for longer usage, and then that last important is the Beats Audio. From our initial hands-on time today it was seamless and fluid in performance so it's safe to say that 1.5 GHz processor is doing a fine job. We'll be sure to run some benchmarks once we get more time with the device.

There are three main points to take away from this regarding Beats Audio and that is the bundled headphones, the DSP and the audio profiles. Instead of some cheapy headphones than many smartphones don't even come bundled with these days we have some awesome sounding and impressive In-Ear headphones by Beats Audio. Pair that with the custom audio profiles we have musical bliss.

Once plugged in the Beats Audio profiles neatly kick in for you, as well as being present in the notification drop-down bar for easy enable/disable toggling for those that do or don't want more bass. Although bass isn't the only thing here -- the entire sound seems much more lively and involved with an enhanced mid-range.

The new Sensation XE with Beats Audio will hit shelves in the UK starting October 1st, and should be available in other regions coming soon. HTC did however mention that they wont be pushing the XE too hard even though it has one speedy processor faster than any other smartphone to date. Instead this will be an option for those music lovers and audiophiles to enjoy should they choose.

First impressions are good so far and I'm really diggin the red accents they've added here. The capacitive buttons lighting to red is a bit different than anything we've seen thus far, but I actually enjoy it and they look quite neat in dark lit areas. Stay tuned for more details on the Sensation XE with Beats Audio.

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  • Sam Koutroulakis

    That looks sick man! How do you like the pink/redish backlight opposed to the standard white?

    • they are red, just appear pinkish

    • I have a pair of Beats for my Droid 1 and they really impressed the hell out of me. But I can’t wait to hear the “Vigor” with Beats since I am due for an upgrade next month and have been searching the hell out of the internet to find my next phone that will last my 2 year contract like the Droid 1 did.

  • Cclarkslandscaping

    Any idea with price and carrier. I’m with Verizon.

  • Anonymous

    This looks like a great phone for people who like music. Those with a finer understanding and appreciation would probably look elsewhere, namely some after-market pro headphones, and the AudioMasterPro app.  

  • all htc needs to do is get better camera’s and microphones

    • Noob

      Ummm… i agree with the microphones, but the camera on my htc sensation is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Funny that they say they won’t push the 1.5 Ghz too hard, last I checked in anandtek & engadget the 1.2 ghz version wasn’t even up to the texas instruments 1 ghz dual core & the only easy they even beat texas instruments was with there 1.5 ghz clocked msm 8×60 & only best the 1 ghz omap by basically only 5 fps extra …. that’s like 1 frame per 100 mhz? Super epic ultra fail, qualcomm it’s your fault I returned my ex evo 3D I was playing “contact killer” @ 12 fps! On a 1.2 ghz dual core? Never except any excuse for that not even the asynchronous excuse.

  • Chungiap

    how to update ice cream sandwich(andriod4.0) on htc sensation xe?