htc sensation xe

While we love the designs and features of all of HTC’s latest phones (like the Sensation 4G and EVO 3D), one area that seems to always be in need of improvement is the sound quality. Now we’re not saying the sound on these phones were bad, they just always seemed a little weak compared to how nice the rest of phone was. That looks to change in a big way today with the announcement of the HTC Sensation XE, the first phone with built-in Beats Audio. 

You see, HTC also knows their sound quality could use some improvement so a couple of months ago HTC bought the whole Beats by Dr. Dre company– yes the same company that makes the Beats headphones you see all your friends wearing and that you really want but don’t want to pay $150-$500 for. And while the headphones will still be made, HTC said they’d be bringing that Beats technology into their future phones and tablets. Which brings us right back to the Sensation XE.

At first glance the Sensation XE looks to just be an updated version of that Sensation 4G we know and love. Specs wise it’s got the same amazing 4.3 inch Super LCD screen, thin design, Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with Sense 3.0), 8 megapixel back camera with second front camera for video chat, 8 GB or 16 GB microSD card pre-installed (so you can load your music on this right out of the box), a slightly faster 1.5 GHZ dual core processor (compared to the Sensation 4G’s still speedy 1.2 GHZ dual core processor) and a slightly bigger battery (so you can get the extra power and better sound and still have your phone last through day). But since it’s the first phone with built-in Beats Audio, you know everything will now sound awesome too– particularly when you plug in the included Beats by Dr. Dre in-ear headphones (seen below) that automatically turns on a special Beats mode that will make everything you listen to sound so much better (thanks to its fuller bass, clearer vocals and broader range). Yeah, if you want an awesome music phone this is for you.

htc beats headphones

Unfortunately we don’t yet know if/when this new Sensation XE will hit the US (it’ll be coming to pretty much the rest of the world sometime later this month), though HTC is holding an event next Tuesday (September 20th) in New York and who knows what they’ll show off then (rumors are it may be a few more phones– including a new 4G Verizon Android superphone code-named Vigor– with built-in Beats!). We’ll of course have all the info you need to know on whatever it is they announce covered for you back here, so stay tuned!

More info: HTC