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HTC Announces The Sensation XE, The First Phone With Built In Beats Audio

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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.

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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!

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Top 5 New and Upcoming T-Mobile Phones: Summer 2011

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We’ve covered AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint a little while ago but now it’s time for us to cover the final carrier on our list: T-Mobile.

So T-Mobile users– you’ve got an upgrade coming up sometime over the next couple of weeks/months and while you like some of the phones already out there, you really wanna know what T-Mobile’s got planned during those next few weeks or months so you don’t go out and buy something only to really regret it a week later. We’re here to help. While not all of these are confirmed to be coming to T-Mobile (some are just our best guesses based on rumors we’ve been hearing), here are 5 phones that are said to be on their way to T-Mobile that anyone with an upgrade should be really excited for (and trust us– they’re really good).

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The Teen First Look: HTC Sensation 4G

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If you’re looking for an incredibly thin and fast 4G phone for T-Mobile right now then you definitely going to want to read this. We had a chance today to briefly check out T-Mobile and HTC’s latest and greatest (and by far most powerful) 4G phone, the HTC Sensation 4G, and after spending a few minutes with it we already are in love.

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The design of this phone is one of the best you’ll see and hold. It’s very thin with an aluminum casing to make it feel like its something worth much more than the $200 that it costs on contract. And that 4.3 inch qHD high-res screen is equally as impressive and top of the line, with everything we saw on it coming off looking crisp and clear.

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The Sensation 4G also runs the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0. This together with the 1.2 GHZ dual-core processor and 768 MB of RAM made everything we did on the phone fast and responsive with barely any loading time even when multitasking with several apps open. In other words, you shouldn’t have to worry about any “freeze ups” with this guy. Other specs on the Sensation include an 8 megapixel back camera and second front camera for video chat, both of which in our brief look took pretty solid shots. Sadly the Sensation 4G we saw didn’t have an active T-Mobile account so we couldn’t test the 4G speeds, but hopefully we’ll have more on this and the HTC Sensation 4G in the near future.

The HTC Sensation 4G is available now for $200 with new 2 year contract and data plan from T-Mobile.