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HTC Sensation XE smartphone now costs £297

HTC's former flagship handset, the Sensation XE, can now be purchased for £297 from Asda with free collection instore. The phone is also available at this price from Amazon with free delivery although stocks tend to fluctuate.

Like the new HTC One S, the handset comes with a 4.3in 960 x 540 pixels display (albeit an S-LCD one), ditto for the dual core Qualcomm processor clocked at 1.5GHz and the 8-megapixel camera with full HD video recording.

It only has 4GB internal storage and 768MB of RAM though which does allow for Android Ice Cream Sandwich but possibly not for Jelly Bean (it comes with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread by default).

Other features include a microSD card slot, HTC Sense UI, Wi-Fi, a microUSB port, a front facing VGA camera, Bluetooth 3.0, Beats Audio technology and Beats headsets, a 1730mAh battery and an aluminium unibody chassis wth a firery red finish.

The handset is SIM free/unlocked. We reviewed it back in October 2011 when it was worth nearly £50 and we wrote back then "the Sensation XE is, as a package, HTC's most impressive handset yet, but unless you're a serious music nut it's hard to justify the extra outlay over the similar specced, identically sized and now significantly cheaper Sensation."

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