HTC has announced the HTC Sensation XE, the first smartphone to benefit from the company’s Beats Audio partnership. Building on the original Sensation, the new Sensation XE adds custom audio processing hardware and software, as well as increasing the speed of the Android Gingerbread smartphone to 1.5GHz and boosting runtimes with a larger battery.
The HTC Sensation XE will be bundled with a set of special Beats by Dr. Dre in-ear headphones, along with either an 8GB or 16GB microSD card for your music and video. When used with those headphones, the smartphone will automatically switch to the custom Beats by Dr. Dre sound profile, which HTC says is tuned specifically for them.
They also have track control and call answer buttons, along with a microphone, while the phone itself has new red highlights and red backlighting for the touch-sensitive buttons. The HTC Sensation XE will go on sale in Europe and Asia from late September. Pricing is yet to be confirmed.