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HTC Sensation XE steps up fight with 1.5GHz dual-core, Beats

updated 07:50 am EDT, Wed September 14, 2011

HTC Sensation XE ready for iPhone 5

HTC unveiled a rare early revamp of a core smartphone on Wednesday in anticipation of a heated battle with the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S II LTE. The Sensation XE upgrades in raw speed, from a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon to 1.5GHz, bit is also the first phone to take advantage of the HTC stake in Beats Audio. Its software has been tuned to improve the audio experience, and it ships with a pair of custom-designed Beats in-ear headphones and microphone remote that automatically switch to a unique audio profile when plugged in.

One of the common criticisms of some larger Android phones, a short battery life, has been addressed with a larger-capacity 1,730mAh battery. HTC outfits it with an 8GB or 16GB microSDHC card to store extra music, and the phone now has both Verizon-style red accents and even red illumination for the Android navigation keys.

The 4.3-inch, 540x960 screen, eight-megapixel rear camera and front VGA camera remain intact, as do the use of Android 2.3 with HTC's custom Sense 3.0 interface.

The Sensation XE is getting a quick turnaround and will be in stores as soon as late this month for Asia and Europe. No US launch has been detailed so far, but it may get a direct relative in the Vigor rumored coming next month to Verizon.

HTC's reasons for the surprise upgrade haven't been given other than likely wanting to turn quick results from the Beats deal, but having an answer to Apple and Samsung for the fall may be vital. Most often, HTC has only updated a core smartphone once a year and has usually left fall introductions to less important models. As one of the faster growing smartphone developers, though, it has much to gain from upgrading one of its most important models just as competition heats up.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Robert

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    The market likes this

    You know by tradition we have a new 'model year' for a car - once a year, but there is nothing that truly says that this is the one and true way - the only way. A model year could be 18 months or 6 months - I don't see such a change in the car industry, but in the phone industry - you betcha.

    HTC has figured out the market likes to read about new phones. The rapid release of phones, with different spec's, sometimes with new names - it generates interest in the market.

    A lot of companies are not modeled for this style of business, but I guess its why HTC does well, and other companies fall behind.

    Those companies that have baked in costs where costs weren't necessary, and are inflexible, where another company has flexibility built into their system - well the market will continue to shift and favor the more competitive companies.

    I think Apple can afford to do the yearly release - Apple is in their own market, and they aren't impacted by Android. But in the Android, world - companies should take note of HTC and how they work.

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    p.s. HTC Sensation is a nice phone

    I own an HTC sensation (phone), and I've been evaluating a stock android tablet - an Android 3.2 tablet called the Acer Iconia A100.

    Well - the HTC sensation with Android 2.3 and Sense UI 3.0 - is a far better machine than the stock Android 3.2 Acer Iconia tab.

    Google has made some key design mistakes with stock Android. And it's really quite simple - it isn't "patented" ideas that they need to copy from Apple - it's usability values that they need to copy from Apple.

    I have no less than 3 buttons on the Acer Iconia tab - whose purpose is nothing other than to tell me I pressed the wrong button.

    In other words if you are testing the tablet for the first time and you are at the home screen - when you click the back button - you get a 'blue bar' warning telling you that you pressed the wrong button, when you press the home button - same thing, a warning, and the Iconia A100 - happens to have two home buttons.

    an iPhone is not like that - when you press a button it does something. It never informs you that you are "wrong".

    Btw, the Sense UI 3.0 interface is like that too - if you are already at the home screen and press the home button,t hen it takes you to a view where you can select from the 6 main views that you normally get to by swiping on the carousel.

    Frankly Sense UI 3.0 doesn't look anything like Apple's iOS - but it has the same value system of "just working".

    Google doesn't mind telling you, you pressed the wrong button. And that's why I don't mind telling Google, that their OS is garbage - if you can't learn from Apple - then learn from HTC, they figured it out.

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