iPhone 4S Rival Alert : HTC Sensation XE Available From £358

The HTC Sensation XE is one of the rare high-end smartphones on the market that clearly targets audiophiles.

The device, which costs £358.13 from Prepaymania, comes with a pair of custom-made Beats Audio headphones as well as onboard dedicated audio hardware courtesy of the acquisition of Beats Audio.

Its signature red scheme differentiates it, externally, from the rest of the HTC portfolio. The rest of the hardware though is not unlike the Evo 3D.

There's a 4.3-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen SLCD display, a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, 768MB RAM, 4GB onboard storage with a microSD card slot, GPS, an eight megapixel camera with flash, HTC Sense UI, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, a VGA front facing camera, Bluetooth, full HD video recording, a 1730mAh battery and TV Out.

The HTC Evo 3D remains the better value handset at a third less and with 3D thrown in. But the XE's superior camera, superior audio and an aluminium unibody design will lure those looking for a smartphone with more allure.

Oddly enough, pre MWC 2012 rumours have yet to reveal a followup to the HTC Sensation XE. HTC though have confirmed that Ice Cream Sandwich will come to the handset.