The Sensation XE from HTC is a modified version of the original HTC Sensation, with quite a few features added here and there and an amazing audio system by Beats by Dr. Dre on the phone, while the Arc S was launched by Sony as the successor to the Xperia Arc, from the same stable. We certainly know that both, the HTC Sensation and the Xperia Arc, didn’t do well or match expectations but do you think their successors would? The HTC Sensation XE does, and it also beats the Xperia Arc S. Do read on, as we take a look at the detailed specs of both the phones and compare them side by side, in every category:
Also, take a look at the HTC Sensation XE vs Samsung Galaxy SII Mobile Comparison to see how the HTC Sensation XE fares against the Galaxy SII from Samsung.
Table of Contents:
- Form Factor Comparison
- Display Comparison
- Camera Comparison
- Memory Comparison
- Connectivity Comparison
- Operating System and User Interface Comparison
- Battery and Processor Comparison
- Beats by Dr. Dre
The HTC Sensation XE is 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm, while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm. The HTC Sensation XE weighs 151 grams while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is 117grams in weight, much lighter than the HTC Sensation XE.
The standard four Android buttons are present on the HTC Sensation XE comes with a solid build quality that is tough on the exterior with a plastic back while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S has grand looks and comes with three buttons, the menu, back and the home button as physical keys.
HTC has added a dash of red to the phone, making it go in line with the Beats by Dr. Dre branding. The four capacitive buttons light up in red, the earpiece on the top is in red and the camera ring on the rear also comes with a shade of red, making it look attractive and different from other smartphones which all look almost the same when seen from a distance.
Winner: HTC Sensation XE
The HTC Sensation XE, comes with a S-LCD capacitive touchscreen of 4.3inches with a pixel density of 256ppi while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S has a LED backlit LCD powered by Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine of 4.2 inches as well and has a screen density of 233ppi. The HTC Sensation XE has a screen resolution of 540×960 pixels while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S has a resolution of 480×854 pixels on it.
Both the phones support Multi-touch and there is an accelerometer and proximity sensor on both the cellphones as well. Also, both phones have Gyro sensors on them. Sony claims the screen of the Xperia Arc to be scratch resistant, though we haven’t tested how well it fares.
Both the displays are capacitive touch displays, support multi touch input and have support upto 16M colors.
The Arc S from Sony Ericsson has a 8MP camera while the HTC Sensation XE has a similar 8MP Camera. The Sensation XE can take photos upto a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels while the Arc S from Samsung also has a maximum resolution of 2592х1944 pixels. There is autofocus and LED Flash on both the devices as well. Geo tagging, face detection and image stabilization are standard features on both the smartphones.
The HTC Sensation XE shoots video in Full HD, at 1080p, while the Sone Ericsson Arc S shoots them at HD resolution, at 720p.
There is touch focus, face and smile detection and image stabilization on the Arc S as well as the HTC Sensation XE, with the Arc S from Sony Ericsson also having 3D sweep panorama.
Also, note that there is a secondary camera on the HTC Sensation XE, of VGA resolution in the HTC Sensation XE while it the SE Arc S does not have it. This is used for normal camera purposes, by various camera based apps or for video calling via Skype, Google Talk etc.
Winner : HTC Sensation XE
The HTC Sensation XE has 4GB of internal memory, out of which 1GB is available for use and a microSD card slot that is expandable up to 32GB while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S has 1GB of internal memory, out of which only 320MB is available for use and is extendable as well, with support upto 32GB on the microSD.
Winner: HTC Sensation XE
The HTC Sensation XE has GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 bands and HSDPA 900/2100 bands which gives maximum speeds upto 14.4Mbps on HSDPA and 5.76Mbps on HSUPA while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S has similar bands on GSM and 900 / 1900 / 2100 bands on HSDPA, with a support of upto 14.4 Mbps on HSDPA and 5.76Mbps on HSUPA, similar to the Sensation XE.
Both the phones have WiFi in them and support popular Wi-fi bands, compliant to the 802.11 standards. 802.11 b,g and n are supported and the WiFi Hotspot feature on them is also available on both the devices. To know how to enable Wifi Hotspot via tethering, follow these instructions here.
GPS is available on both the phones and Bluetooth 3.0 is enabled on the HTC Sensation XE, with only Bluetooth 2.1 on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S. A2DP is supported on both the phones while EDR is seen only on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S.
HDMI output is available on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, as well, making it a true entertainer by allowing you to connect your phone to the big screen and enjoy your videos and movies.
The HTC Sensation XE and the Arc S have an FM Radio on it, with RDS support.
Winner : HTC Sensation XE
Operating System and UI:
Both the phones run on Android Gingerbread 2.3.4, the latest version of Android from Google. However, some units of the Samsung Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S might have to be upgraded to the new version by an online update as it might come with 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S comes with its own User Interface, Timescape UI, over the stock Android OS while HTC has its own Sense UI, which is quite famous for its excellent gesture support and user friendly UI throughout the OS, built by the HTC engineers over the Android layout.
The HTC Sense is definitely fun to use and has lots of small add-ons everywhere while Sony Ericsson’s UI has nothing interesting or intuitive to use, it’s just yet another User Interface on an Android phone.
HTC has confirmed that the Sensation XE will be receiving the Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 update soon, while it is not known if the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S will be getting it or not.
Winner : HTC Sensation XE ( HTC Sense is very user friendly )
Battery and Processor
The HTC Sensation XE has a 1730mAh battery while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S has a 1500mAh battery. The HTC Sensation XE, on 2G, has a talktime of upto 9 h 20 min and 310hours of standby time and upto 7 hours and 20 mins of talktime and 540 hours of standby time on 3G. While the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S on 2G has a talktime of upto 7 hours and 460 hours of standby time and upto 6 hours of talktime and 400 hours of standby on 3G.
The HTC Sensation XE and Arc S come with powerful processors. On the HTC Sensation, there is a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor powered by a Adreno 220 GPU and supported by the Qualcomm MSM 8260 Snapdragon chipset while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S has a single core 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor powered by a Adreno 205 GPU and a Qualcomm MSM8255T Snapdragon chipset.
Beats by Dr. Dre
The HTC Sensation XE comes with audio from Beats by Dr. Dre, one of the most premium companies specializing in Audio technology in the world. The HTC Sensation XE comes with Beats Audio™ inbox with custom made Beats headsets, engineered to deliver extraordinary sound. Their software is also specially tuned software and the user interface is tweaked to deliver the best mobile audio experience. Also, HTC has got Beats to make a custom earphone for the Sensation XE, which comes in the box as well. The headset has music control buttons on it as well.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is a good device, no doubt about that. But in today’s lineup of dual-core smartphones and 3D phones, the Arc S falls out of place. Considering the pricing it is being marketed at, there are excellent alternatives like the HTC Sensation XE which come with a whole lot of features more, a much powerful processor and amazing audio rendering powers backed by a good camera as well. Unless the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S receives a drastic price cut, similar to the Google Nexus S, which got a global price cut, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S would not be worth for the money. Instead, the HTC Sensation XE is a boon for audiophiles, and if you love listening to music a lot or buying the phone primarily for entertainment purposes, the HTC Sensation XE is the best buy, with no compromises on the hardware or specifications, along with great audio.