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HTC Sensation XE

alaTest has collected and analysed 2413 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the usability and camera. The design and screen also get good feedback, whereas many are negative about the connectivity and features. Opinions about the reception and battery are different.

responsiveness, screen, design, camera, usability

features, connectivity

We analysed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Mobile Phones the HTC Sensation XE is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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HTC Sensation review


First impressions are this is the HTC phone we've been waiting for

Refreshed version of HTC Sense ; Great screen, with inset glass ; Blisteringly fast

Screen isn't as good as others ; Battery life is terrible ; Cost of HDMI adaptor

In many ways the HTC Sensation is outstanding. The metal build is exactly what we expect from a smartphone of this calibre. Performance is exceptionally good, loading programs quickly, ensuring the phone never feels slow. HTC Sense is great too; sure...

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HTC Sensation XE


The HTC Sensation XE built well on the success of the original Sensation, but since the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich toting handsets at MWC 2012 it is in need of an update to keep up with the pack.

Updated to Ice Cream Sandwich ; Great screen ; Contacts and social networking implementation is top-notch ; Fantastic keyboard

Seven home screens not expandable ; Autofocus can be erratic ; Resizing video for MMS issue

Take a look at our qHD video sample below, recorded on the HTC Sensation XE. The zoom is demoed in the first outdoor clip and the ability to turn the LED light on and off during filming is shown in the football clip half way through. Next Page: Media

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HTC Sensation XE review


Yet another Android 2.3 Gingerbread phone, the Beats Audio-equipped HTC Sensation XE is billed as a music nut's dream. Is it just what the Dr (Dre) ordered?

Bass-blasting Beats Audio ; Speedy performance ; Good build quality

Light on built-in storage ; Non-AMOLED screen ; Beats doesn’t suit all music

Despite being a revamped Sensation, the Sensation XE’s extra power and the addition of Beats Audio (plus quite possibly the best headphones ever to be packaged with a phone) mean it’s no mere ‘special edition’.


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HTC Sensation XE review


We've seen a trend in 2011 that we didn't really see in previous years: the "update phone". HTC kicked off 2011 with a wide range of "S" models and we've had "plus" models from Motorola and Samsung. The pace of change sees Android manufacturers...

Powerful handset, great audio performance with great headphones in the box, good screen, responsive camera

wkward timing means it doesn't deliver the latest from Sense or Android, Beats isn't integrated throughout, sometimes Sense doesn't make sense

An accomplished handset, the HTC Sensation XE is a comprehensive device out of the box, but it is an incremental upgrade over the older version and Beats offers more in terms of cool brand value than anything else.

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HTC Sensation


UPDATED: We've had our hands on a new review unit, and have expanded our test as a result, which includes new battery life findings.

Premium build ; Fast operation ; Pin-sharp screen ; Accurate keyboard ; Slick 3D animations

Awful battery life ; Still poor in direct light ; Video player erratic ; Power button slightly lost ; Camera needs to be faster

The HTC Sensation isn't in the same 'thin and super light' category of many of today's smartphones - it comes in at nearly 150g compared to the helium-esque devices on the market today - but it's a solid build quality and one you wouldn't panic about...

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The HTC Sensation is the Taiwanese company's flagship 2011 device. Announced in April, it's now in in our hands for a full review, which some might see as quite a quick turn around, but in the flesh it doesn't feel rushed. The HTC Sensation is set to...

Great design, HTC Sense 3.0 is packed full of detail, great screen, smooth running and stable

Some might find that HTC Sense takes over too much of the experience, but otherwise it's only minor niggles

A stunning phone that will be hugely popular, offering an almost unparalleled out-of-the box expereince

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HTC Sensation


Can HTC's latest flagship take on the rest of the superphone brigade?

Large, high resolution screen ; Super fast dual-core processor ; Good camera with bright LEDs ; Beautiful chassis design

Poor battery life ; Screen quality could be better

Running below the screen are the four standard Android buttons, which are all touch sensitive. They're responsive and unlike some touch buttons we didn't find them ever getting in the way and resulting in accidental activation. The lack of physical...

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HTC Sensation XE review


The XE is the second Beats Audio-branded smartphone we've seen, after the HTC Sensation XL. The HTC Sensation XE is a far more powerful beast, though, with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor rather than the XL's single-core chip. It's also a Beats-branded...

A capable, fast smartphone with above-average headphones at a good price

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HTC Sensation XE


Dr. Dre has made his way onto mobiles with this latest Beats tie-in.

Great build ; High quality bundled earphones ; Fast processor

Screen quality iffy ; Camera autofocus unreliable ; Red trim a bit tacked-on

These metal-bodied earphones sell for up to £80 on their own, and easily outdo the earphones that come bundled with most phones and MP3 players. We'll have a full review of the iBeats headphones up on the site soon, but we'll also cover their sound...

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HTC Sensation XE review


The original HTC Sensation gets a splash of red paint and an endorsement from Dr.Dre

The HTC Sensation XE is by no means a bad Android phone, but none of its features blew us away. We love the red and black design and the urBeats headphones are a nice inclusion, but average battery life and less than stellar performance detract from...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera:Double Camera
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:HD1080p


Audio Playback: Yes
GPS Receiver:Built-in
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:GSM/PCN / WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:SUPER-LCD
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions / 16 Mio
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:Android
Operator:3 / EE / MVNO / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Tesco MB / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging:No / Yes
Push email: Yes
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