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HTC Sensation XE Vs. HTC Sensation XL – HTC’s Dr Dre Beats audio phone comparison, in an easy to read table and guide

Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer HTC has recently launched two new Android based handsets from their partnership with the Dr Dre Beats audio company, which although have very similar sounding names – the Sensation XE and Sensation XL – are entirely two different models, with very different features.

One Mobile Ring is now publishing this guide to clearly show the differences between the two HTC Sensation Beats audio mobile phones, with an easy to read table to clear up any confusion for consumers planning on buying these handsets.

The HTC Sensation XE was launched early September, as a revamped version of the original HTC Sensation. This was the handset maker’s very first dual-core processor device. HTC’s Sensation XE arrives with the very same chassis and dimensions as the first mobile, only with the addition of a 1.5GHZ dual-core processor, from the 1.2GHz version in the initial Sensation phone.

There is also a new red and black colour scheme to the device, which matches the exclusive colours of the accompanying Dr Dre Beats in-ear headphones – where upon connecting to the Sensation XE, a special audio profile runs from new hardware, for the enhanced playback of music from the headset.

HTC’s Sensation XL was unveiled just last week, with almost the dimensions and specifications as their recently announced flagship Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango’ Titan handset with an identical processor, screen and internal storage capacity.

HTC Sensation XE has an overall smaller size than then Sensation XL, which reflects the smaller 4.3-inch screen size of the XE, as compared to the 4.7-inch display of the XL device.

The HTC Sensation XE ships with a faster dual-core 1.5GHz processor than the single core variant in the XL. This does reflect the hardware found in the HTC Titan, where no Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango’ handsets have actually been seen running dual-core CPUs, as yet.

This higher processing power allows for full 1080p HD video capture, whilst the lesser processor based mobile can only muster 720p video recording, from the 8 megapixel camera that accompanies both phones. The Sensation XL has the better camera out of the two, with a 2.2 aperture lens and a BSI sensor for better image capture in low-light – which matches the offering in the HTC Titan WP7 handset.

Storage capacities differ greatly between the two phones, with the HTC Sensation XE only arriving with 1GB of accessible space and support for 32GB microSD cards, with either an 8 or a 16GB card in the retail box. The XL has 12.64GB of possible internal storage – with no microSD card slot. This once again matches the HTC Titan specifications, qualifying that the mobile does have the same internally hardware.

There’s a more powerful battery in the Sensation XE at 1730 mAh, which is set to offer 550 minutes of talk time and 310 hours standby with the Sensation XL shipping with a 1600 mAh version, capable of 710 minutes and 360 hours standby. The dual-core processor of the HTC Sensation XL is the reason for the lower talk time, despite having the more powerful battery.

Both mobile phones arrive with Dr Dre audio technology, with white in-ear Beats headphones for the HTC Sensation XL to complement the colour of that phone. HTC has stated to One Mobile Ring that in certain markets the XL will actually ship in a limited edition package, with an over the ear set of Dr Dre Solo headphones, but there’s no news if that will come to the UK.

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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.