September 14, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
HTC’s investment in Beats Audio will have its first byproduct in the HTC Sensation XE. As the name implies, the SXE is an upgraded version of the HTC Sensation, which was already a pretty nice phone. This time around, HTC has added Beats by Dre audio experience, a software and hardware combo designed to improve the sound quality of listening to music on-the-go.
The Sensation XE also comes with a pair of Beats by Dre earphones with remote controls for playback controls (play, pause, skip) and answering incoming calls. It also triggers a special profile designed specifically for headphones that tunes audio quality to be even more targeted.
“Audio is a crucial part of any consumer’s mobile experience and we are continually pushing the audio boundaries to encompass not only improved voice but music, movies and games,” said Jason Mackenzie, president of global sales and marketing, HTC Corporation.
HTC has kept or slightly expanded the other aspects that make the Sensation a great phone. The HTC Sensation XE has a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, Android with HTC Sense (version not specified, likely Gingerbread, Sense 3.0), 4 GB of total storage, and 768 MB of RAM. It has an 8 MP camera with dual LED flash and a VGA front-facing camera.
Price and regional availability have not yet been disclosed, but expect to see third parties start throwing this up on pre-order fairly soon. Visit HTC for a complete list of specs.