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iPhone 4S Rival Alert: HTC Sensation XE Available From £516 on Contract

The price of the HTC Sensation XE with Beats audio has fallen to a staggeringly low £21.50 per month on a two year contract at O2 (via Dialaphone (opens in new tab)).

The phone comes with free delivery, one month free insurance, 100 minutes, 500MB mobile internet, 500 texts and unlimited Wi-Fi courtesy of O2.

With a total cost of ownership of £516, this deal is around 30-odd pounds more expensive than having just a SIM-unlocked Sensation XE smartphone.

At 151g and measuring 11.3mm thick, the handset is the followup to the Sensation and comes with a 4.3-inch 960x540 pixel capacitive screen.

It packs a powerful punch thanks to a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, 768MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, an eight megapixel rear camera with full HD recording, a VGA front facing one, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA, Beats Audio sound and earphones, a 1730mAh battery and runs on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with HTC's own Sense UI.

The Sensation XE comes with a distinctive red and black colour scheme plus a unique custom-made Beats headset.

Expect the phone to take over the original Sensation fairly quickly and become one of the more popular alternative handsets to Apple's iPhone 4S with prices falling to less than £20 per month in the first half of 2012.

Désiré Athow

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.