The first HTC handset to come out with Beats audio is the Sensation XE, not the Vigor as previously rumored. The Taiwanese phone maker confirmed that the HTC Sensation XE will be the first to get Beats branding. It will ship with a special pair of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and an 8GB or 16GB microSD card. When the headphones are plugged, the phone automatically activates a Beats-optimized sound profile.
The specs of the Sensation XE have been bumped. The CPU gets upgraded from 1.2 GHz to 1.5GHz dual-core processor, internal storage is bigger at 16GB, and battery is now 1,730mAh. The Sensation XE will have the same 4.3 qHD Super LCD screen, 8MP rear-facing and VGA front camera and 768MB RAM.
On the inclusion of Beats audio, HTC has this to say:
The audio quality is a very important factor in mobile sound experience and we are working to push the boundaries not only for speech reception, but also for music, video and games up fully,” said Jason Mackenzie, president of global sales and marketing at HTC Corporation. ”The HTC sensation XE delivers a truly incredible audio experience and is a further proof that we want to offer customers the best possible mobile experience.
The HTC Sensation XE will have a built-in remote control for Beats playback. The HTC Sensation XE will be available late September. Known price so far is €589 (about Php35,000).