The Sensation XE is the First Beats Audio Phone from HTC

Ever since HTC announced they would be bringing Beats by Dr. Dre audio technology to their smartphones, we’ve been wondering exactly what this would involve and how long it would be until we say the first device from them. Our questions have been answered today with the announcement of the Sensation XE, an updated version of the original Sensation complete with Beats headphones and some clever software audio tweaks!

Many will already be familiar with the range of headphones from Beats by Dr. Dre, and the Sensation XE will come with its own set of specially made in-ear ‘phones. They’re a lot more subtle than some other models too, with red cables and a very slick chrome in-line remote control, complete with a microphone so you can take calls without getting your phone out.

The red highlights found on the headphones continue over to the phone too, with the speaker grill, camera lens surround and the touch controls under the screen all getting a splash of colour. The rear of the phone also gets a big Beats logo to make it standout from the crowd.

When you plug the Beats headphones in to the Sensation, it automatically selects a Beats-tuned audio profile, which promises to make the most of the headphones abilities.

The new Sensation XE also has a new processor, boosting the original phone’s 1.2GHz dual-core processor to a 1.5GHz dual-core chip. Internal storage has also been upped to 4GB, and the battery has been beefed up to a 1730mAh cell. Otherwise the specs are the same, with a 4.3-inch screen, an 8 megapixel camera and Android Gingerbread.

The phone already has its own HTC page and the release is expected very soon, but its surprise announcement makes us wonder what else they’ve got in store for us at their forthcoming event.

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