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Double Whammy: The HTC Sensation XE and XL with Beats Audio

A smartphone with a little bit of Dre's swagger. Rocking.
by Gelo Gonzales | Nov 17, 2011
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HTC is looking good—primed and all set for a money grab—this coming Holiday season. They recently launched two decked-out Android smart phones: the Sensation XE, and its bigger bro, the Sensation XL.

A multimedia superphone,” the original Sensation was called, when it came out in mid 2011. Now we have the follow-ups, and such worthy follow-ups the XE and XL are. They boast a slew of improvements that transform this multimedia superphone into a multimedia supersuperphone.

As you’ve read in the title, HTC has found a new ally in Beats Audio, becoming the first to join forces with the premium headphone-makers. In spite of the jaw-dropping price tags, Beats headphones (we featured them here a couple months back) are highly sought-after, promising superior sound clarity.

Both the Sensation XE and XL come with Beats in-ear headphones, most similar to the Beats Tour model. As multimedia phones, you include a pair of those in your package, and you’re sure to get the attention of audiophiles everywhere.

The included headphones have been designed to integrate smoothly with phone use. Plug them in, and the handset switches automatically to the Beats Audio sound profile, to optimize your audio experience. The headphones also feature a microphone, and an on-cable remote control to allow you to pause, advance, rewind, or to answer a call without even taking the handset out of your pocket.

While the headphones serve as a star attraction, this Android Gingerbread-powered tandem packs a wallop too as far as performance is concerned. The XE is equipped with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 768 MB of RAM while the XL has a 1.5 GHz single-core processor and the same amount of RAM. That’s enough juice to keep the show running at a seamless pace, even with the latter’s lack of dual-core punch.

The XL’s processor-envy is quickly overcome though, as it boasts the bigger screen among the two: a 4.7 inch display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. “It’s almost like a tablet!” some might say, although, for its size, the handset’s still quite slim, with a thickness of just 9.9 mm. The XE, on the other hand, sports a slightly less gargantuan 4.3-inch screen with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels.

As its specs, screens, and sweet headsets suggest, the Sensation XE and XL are a suitable choice if you’re looking for a superb mobile multimedia experience. Many others can claim to provide the same, but these HTC handsets do manage to stand out a little more thanks to the packaged Beats headphones. Check out the gallery below for a closer looks at these cool phones.


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