HTC Sensation XE

htc sensation xe front rear
HTC seemed completed his first dual-core superphone, Sensation with HTC Sensation XE. In this device HTC upgrade 25 % processor clockspeed which is made Sensation XE as superphone with best processor. Not only that, Sensation XE is the first collaborate product between HTC and Beats Audio an premium audio device brand which is develop by musician and hip hop producer named Dr.Dre


Dimension: 12.61 x 6.54 x 1.13 cm, 151 gram, full touchscreen, metal and plastic material, gorilla glass 3.5 mm audio port, power/lock button. Micro USB port, volume rocker (upper side of device), 4 capacitive key at screen bottom (home, menu, search and back)

HTC always perform an elegant design, HTC Sensation XE has similar design with HTC Sensation but has red accent on earpiece, capacitive button, lens frame and beats audio logo on phone backdoor.


S-LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16 million color, qHD (540 x 960 pixel), 4.3 inch (~256ppi pixel density), multi touch, Gorilla glass

HTC Sensation XE has similarity with HTC Sensation. Gorilla glass which coating display designed concave to protect this part from direct contact when put the device face down. It also makes Sensation XE perfection display.

Like other superphone, Sensation XE screen dominated the front side and giving convenience to watch video or surfing. S-LCD screen is responsive enough for fast typing or browse at menu instantly.

Screen brightness quality were good and don’t have any problem when seeing under sunlight, it also have good contrast and color saturation.

Operating System and User Interface

Android OS, v2.3.4 (Gingerbread), HTC Sense UI 3.0

HTC gave Sensation XE many upgrade at User interface. HTC Sense UI v3.0 has active lockscreen, it`s allow user to choose features that want to place at lockscreen. Also, user can find 4 shortcut icons in the bottom of screen, so you can unlock and go to application with quick.

Panel movement in homescreen seems more interesting with animate effect like carousel. HTC Sense UI gives 2 tabs in notification tray which is notification and quick setting. Notification tab also preview recent apps, while quick setting provide activate and inactivate setting for important features like WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and other with faster and easy.


Dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm MSM 8260 Snapdragon chipset, RAM: 768MB, Internal Storage: 1GB, 1730mAh battery

HTC Sensation XE upgraded with 300MHz clockspeed, this makes Sensation XE is dual-core android superphone with the fastest processor.

For a superphone Sensation XE has small internal data storage, but in sales packages they give free 8GB MicroSD memory card. Sensation XE battery has bigger power than Sensation to support their faster processor.

Beats Audio Technology

Beats Audio sound processing, headset iBeats by Dr.Dre

The audio sector is become HTC Sensation XE extra point. Sensation XE using sound processing that develop by Beats Audio. This technology has improve the sound result performance.
Beats audio is well known has great quality in sound. User will feel every details of sound from music. Presented with icon which appear in screen top-side, and user can inactive this icon through notification tray.


8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch-focus, image stabilization, face detection, instant capture.

The camera features is support by many features. Example, user can apply one from 13 available effect and do real time preview on viewfinder before capture image.

Instant capture is another interesting feature, the camera only need a second to focus and adjustment before took a picture. You can say this camera will capture right at moment when the shutter is press. Unfortunately this device don’t have physical button for camera shutter.

Photo Result

Even though has many features and can produce high resolution picture, HTC Sensation EX photo result is not that special. The device still have difficulty to determine focus when close up capture, and also has reddish color result.

Video Recorder

Resolusi maksimal Full HD (1920×1080), zoom, effect, video light

HTC Sensation XE is able to record video in Full HD resolution, in less light condition camera even using noise reduction features it has no effect at video result. But dual LED ready to give extra light to illuminate object.

Internet Browser

Multi tabs, RSS feed, HTML, bookmarks, history, downloads, pinch zoom, share page.

The wider screen is also giving convenience for reading article while surfing. Browser features in Sensantion XE is similar with other android smartphone.


Using Quadrant Standard Edition by Aurora Softwork and Antutu Benchmark v2.5.1 by Antutu

Using Quadrant, HTC Sensation XE gave 2493 score far left behind other device which is using single core processor.

Meanwhile using Antutu, the score result is 4791. Put Sensation XE under Samsung Galaxy S II and Optimus 2X which are actually only have inferior clockspeed processor but with superior at RAM size.

The advantage and disadvante of HTC Sensation XE


  • Android Gingerbread
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • Audio quality
  • HTC Sense UI (v3.5)


  • Expensive
  • The camera is not optimal

Conclusion for HTC Sensation XE

HTC Sensation XE has everything for become a superphone, from premium design, dual-core processor with superior clockspeed, the new version of operating system with attractive user interface, width screen, high resolution camera, until complete connectivity. Unfortunately RAM is not optimize, common photo result and physic shutter is absent.

HTC Sensation XE that support with Beats Audio technology and iBeats headset produce awesome sound quality that never been found in other smartphone.

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