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HTC Sensation XE review

HTC handset gets rebooted with Ice Cream Sandwich

Our Verdict

The HTC Sensation - a great phone that just got better. It's between this, the Galaxy S2 and iPhone 4S for the phone of moment.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 4 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 9.16 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 540 x 960

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For

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

Against

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

The HTC Sensation XE can capture full HD 1080p video, which will be welcome news to any budding film maker.

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You can access the video recording feature by either going through the camera app and selecting video mode, or by selecting the camcorder app from the app drawer.

Resolution is set to a default qHD (960 x 540) resolution, so you will need to go into the quality menu if you want to record in 720p or 1080p. Oh, and the HTC Sensation XE will also let you shoot in slow motion - pretty cool.

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Like the camera app, the video recorder is simply laid out and you will find all your tools in the same place on the screen.

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In the settings menu you can tweak the finer details such as exposure, contrast, saturation and white balance. You can use the dual LED flash as a light and we were happy to find that it could be turned on and off while recording – a feature which many phones annoyingly lack.

We were also able to use the zoom function while capturing video and the Sensation XE will allow you to tap to focus on certain objects while videoing.

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.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time9.16 Hour
Product ModelSensation XE
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)151 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density256 ppi
Height126.1 mm
Width65.4 mm
Depth11.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameSensation XE Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeG-sensor, Gyro Sensor, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HNA118-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

Designed to impress

HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio comes inbox with custom made Beats headsets, engineered to deliver extraordinary sound. The specially tuned software and user interface delivers the ultimate mobile audio experience we know you'll appreciate. Featuring an aluminum unibody construction and designed with touches of red, the phone feels premium and looks beautiful inside and out.

Limited Warranty1 Year