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HTC Sensation XE review

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Battery Life

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Take the back cover off the HTC Sensation XE and you will find a 1730mAh battery inside.

While running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Sensation XE users complained that the battery life was still poor, even though it packed a bigger battery than the original Sensation.

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There is some good news though, as the update to Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 3.6 looks to have optimised the Sensation XE, giving you more power from the same battery.

Now don't expect record breaking performance, but we were comfortably able to get a full day's use out of the Sensation XE, which included web browsing over Wi-Fi and 3G, calls, texts, games and some classic YouTube action.

We would still strongly recommend a nightly charge for the HTC Sensation XE, but the software updates seem to have made a marked improvement and will reduce panic on a daily basis.

Connectivity

As you may expect from high-end smartphones these days the Sensation XE provides you with numerous connectivity options included Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and USB. The only main omission here is NFC technology.

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The microUSB slot is found towards the bottom on the left hand side of the handset and its placement means the Sensation XE is difficult to hold in the hand while charging or connected to a computer, as the wire sticks out and gets in the way.

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You can also use the Sensation XE as a Wi-Fi hotspot if you need to share some web love with your laptop and it can be easily set up via the Settings menu - although this drains the battery like crazy.

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The Sensation XE also provides DLNA with its Connected Media app allowing you to easily stream music, videos and pictures to compatible TVs, computers and game consoles, which competes strongly with Samsung's AllShare and Apple's AirPlay solutions.

If you fancy hooking up the old fashioned way via USB, the HTC Sensation XE allows you to simple drag and drop files on and off the phone – although you will need to be careful as its pitiful 1GB of internal memory will fill up fast.

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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density256 ppi
Height126.1 mm
Width65.4 mm
Depth11.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time310 Hour
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