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HTC Sensation XE iPhone 5 Rival Goes On Preorder For £500

The HTC Sensation XE superphone has gone on preorder at Expansys for £500 - with a release date set for the 7th of October - and is the direct replacement of the HTC Sensation smartphone which was released only a few months ago.

The handset comes with the MSM8260, a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, which incidentally is exactly the same as the one used on the Sensation only with a higher clock speed (1.5GHz vs 1.2GHz).

The XE is 3g heavier than the Sensation MK1 but also comes with a bigger battery (1730mAh) and a better battery life (550 minutes talktime and 310 hours standby on 3G respectively). The rise in clock speed - up by a quarter) did not have a negative impact on how long the phone can be used.

There's also 4GB total storage compared to 1GB for the original Sensation and the move to a classier design with red bordeaux speaker cover and keys. As expected, the new top of the range handset comes with Beats Audio technology with custom made Beats headsets.

The rest is pretty much the same; 768MB RAM, Android Gingerbread with HTC Sense UI, an eight-megapixel colour camera with a front VGA front one plus 1080p HD vide recording capabilities.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.