HTC Sensation XE vs Samsung Galaxy SII Mobile Comparison

HTC is looking at a very strong comeback in the markets it has gone down, the mid-end Android budget phones and the most high-end segment as well. 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 Galaxy SII, after about three months of release, sold 3million units worldwide and is one of the most powerful smartphones in the market currently with the latest featurs on it.

Also, if you are considering the Samsung Galaxy SII, do check out our other comparison posts like Samsung Galaxy S2 vs Galaxy S II Skyrocket Mobile ComparisonSamsung Galaxy Nexus vs Samsung Galaxy SII Features Specs ComparisonGalaxy S2 vs iPhone 4S Features Specs ComparisonSamsung Galaxy SII vs Galaxy R Mobiles ComparisonSamsung Galaxy S2 vs Galaxy Note Comparison and Samsung Galaxy S vs Galaxy S II Mobiles Comparison.

In this post, we take a look at the detailed specs of both the phones and compare them side by side, in every category:

Table of Contents:

HTC Sensation XE vs Galaxy SII Comparison

Form Factor

The HTC Sensation XE is 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm, while the Samsung Galaxy SII is 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm. The HTC Sensation XE weighs 151 grams while the Samsung Galaxy SII is 116grams 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 Samsung Galaxy SII has grand looks and comes with two buttons, the menu and back buttons as capacitive touch buttons and a physical center button on it.

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

Display

The HTC Sensation XE, comes with a S-LCD capacitive touchscreen of 4.3inches with a pixel density of 256ppi while the Samsung Galaxy SII has a Super AMOLED Plus display of 4.3 inches as well and has a screen density of 217ppi. The HTC Sensation XE has a screen resolution of 540×960 pixels while the Samsung Galaxy SII has a resolution of 480×800 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.

Both the displays are capacitive touch displays and have support upto 16M colors.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy SII

Camera:

The Galaxy SII from Samsung 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 Galaxy SII 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 has Dual-LED flash while the Galaxy SII has a single LED flash.

Both the cameras shoot video at 1080p resolution, at full HD.

There is touch focus, face and smile detection and image stabilization on the Galaxy SII as well as the HTC Sensation XE.

Also, note that there is a secondary camera on both the devices, of VGA resolution in the HTC Sensation XE while it is a 2MP one on the Galaxy SII. This is used for normal camera purposes, by various camera based apps or for video calling via Skype, Google Talk etc.

Memory:

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 Samsung Galaxy SII has 16/32GB of internal memory and is extendable as well, with support upto 32GB on the microSD.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy SII

Connectivity:

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 Samsung Galaxy SII has similar bands on GSM and 900 / 1900 / 2100 bands on HSDPA, with a support of upto 21 Mbps on HSDPA and 5.76Mbps on HSUPA.

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 and Samsung Galaxy SII. They also come with the newly introduced Wi-Fi direct can share a song of 5 MB without any processing speed (less than a second).

The HTC Sensation XE and the Galaxy SII have an FM Radio on it, with RDS support.

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 Samsung Galaxy SII 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 Samsung Galaxy SII comes with its own User Interface, TouchWiz4, 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 Samsung’s UI has refreshed iconography, user changes here and there and some slight improvements to the User Experience.

HTC has confirmed that the Sensation XE will be receiving the Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 update soon, while the Galaxy SII will also be getting it.

Winner : HTC Sensation XE ( HTC Sense is very user friendly )

Battery and Processor

The HTC Sensation XE has a 1730mAh battery while the Samsung Galaxy SII has a 1650mAh 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 Samsung Galaxy SII on 2G has a talktime of upto 18 hours and 710 hours of standby time and upto 9 hours of talktime and 610 hours of standby on 3G.

The HTC Sensation XE and Galaxy SII 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 Galaxy SII has a Dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor powered by a Mali-400MP GPU and an Exynos chipset.

Winner: HTC Sensation XE 

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.

HTC Sensation XE Beats Audio

Image from Engadget

Conclusion

The HTC Sensation XE is a nice device overall, and comes with solid build quality and design in the software and hardware part while the Galaxy SII is sleek and lightweight, with a lot of features on it as well. Looking at the specifications, the Sensation XE is powered by a higher speed dual core processor, when compared to the Galaxy SII. The Galaxy SII would be the best buy if you’re looking for a device that can keep you powered for high end use, but if you’re an audiophile, and 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.

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  • michee_10

    For me HTC Sensation XE rocks! Nice display gorilla glass, camera is good, sound quality is superb esp when your using the beat headset, battery is better than s2 1730mah and lastly speed is much better since its 1.5 ghz dual core processor.. :D

  • Anu Chan

    Choossing between S2 and XE is a lil bit difficult. I havent used Samsung, but from the general opinion from my freinds, Samsung software is programmed by freshers, so you can expects numerous bugs like phone shut down during camera, misc skipped to next songs, fast battery drain, etc. Its UI is also, not so sturdy comparitively. Many people buy latest and expensive phone not because of tech spec, the primary use of phone should be good dound clarity and long battery life, which only Nokia can provide. Andorid would be running too many softwares, and would be draining more power. Unless you are a techie, you would not be knowing how to kill necessary programs and free memory. So, most of the people who can afford to buy these phones, the UI should be good, it shoud be free from bugs, offer decent battery backup. For an average user, i would suggest XE, as the UI is toooo good comparing to Samsung, and you dont need to restart HTC Phone as they dont hang up so easily, meanwhile U need to restart s2 so often, due to Immature software programmed inside, many of them copied from other phones though this is not a bad thing, they copied it badly. After spending too much moeny, nobody would like to take your phone to service centers, in that front Samsung fails, as most of the phone arriving at a service center would be Samsung, it is not due to its high number of selling units, just due to software glitches. I opted for XE, evenwhen I am offered a s2 for 21k, i took XE for 32k. But, HTC ear side volume is not so good. Battery last for 1.5 – 2 days under normal usage. WHat you always see is the screen, and the touch is more reliable and easy in HTC, no doubt. Both are using android, so you would be gettig the same android experience, then why you go for hanging plastic phone. Many of my friends are turnign to HTC, after bacame fans of Samsung, just because of the UI, and the effectiveness of Touch screen in HTC.

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  • Pratik Gupta

    Please clarify Which is better one- when we talk about the battery back-up????
    Is it Samsung SII is great or HTC Sensation XE is better…

    I have to choose between these two models.

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  • Milan

    HTC Sensation XE? Audiophile?, this is just incorrect, beats by Dr. Dre is something true audiophiles would never invest in. The sound is poor, all bass and not enough treble. With Beats you are only paying for the branding. Another thing is that most audiophile would not use a phone for their music needs.

  • medved

    You are so wrong! HTCxe = dual-core, 1,5ghz, 2.3.4GB. By end of March will be ICS.

  • http://www.facebook.com Seraphial

    Sorry it is 1.5 ghz dual core, i confounded it with the XL…btw still the sgs2 has what many people want…it is better than the htc sensation xe in many things, though not in some specs…i use both s2 and xe, both are great phones but still, i find the s2 is better…the display, the speed and the camera of s2 seems better than the xe, and i know what i am talking about, if you want to buy a phone between these two, take a s2, if u want a better one than these two, take the Htc evo 3d

  • http://www.facebook.com/seraphialdeathoniak Seraphial

    What are you talking about, htc sensation xe has 1.5ghz single core so sgs2 beats it with the dual core

    • Max

      @Seraphial, the sensation xe has dual core look it first up before you say

  • http://www.facebook.com Seraphial

    What are you talking about, htc sensation xe has 1.5 ghz single core, not dual core, so sgs2 wins

    • Kj

      i own the damn phone its a 1.5ghz duelcore!

  • rino19ny

    all that comparison but what about call quality comparison? has anyone tried testing the phones for what they are designed for? is it correct that the SGS2 has better call quality?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      both are better handsets and have same network ics!

  • CNU

    You Are Right.. Sensation Rockzzz

  • Arulnathan

    If you say S2 has almost 18 hours talk time on 2G compared to Xe with only 9, how come S2 is not the better one? Is battery life not important.. what is the point of a very fast processor that makes the phone die so fast? The winner should have been S2
    Sound wise, how many people actually use the smartphone to listen to music? have you read up on the beats headphones? Its really good for high bass music the kind that dr.dre makes but other types of music doesnt really do too well.. most people i know use blue tooth headphones… the beats thing is a marketing attraction with little user effect…
    In addition to that, S2 has higher internal memory than XE. this means, even if Xe got 1.5GHz processor, if you are accessing files on your external card, the S2 can access faster than the Xe because the speed is limited by the external card. Performance wise at the end with a XE and S2 filled with around 10 GB of files, the S2 will be faster in overall.

    However, i did notice that the XE boot up is faster than the S2…
    s2’s battery life at the end of the day makes it the winner.

    I love the Xe… its so beautiful but i cant depend on a phone that has a battery that cant last! sad sad!!!!!

    • Krishna

      The talktime specifications given are as per the technical specifications from Samsung, it might or might not perform upto those standards. The talktime according to official specifications isn’t a measure of how well the battery would perform. We look at it technically, there’s a 1730mAh battery on the Sensation XE with a 1650mAh battery on the Galaxy SII. Utilization of the battery totally depends on the user, and that varies with every Software-ROM-Background apps combination which is beyond looking at.

      In reply to your “how many people actually use the smartphone to listen to music?” , We’ve clearly mentioned that the Sensation XE is for audiophiles throughout the comparison.

      • stickytape

        “People who use their smartphone to listen to music” does not equal “audiophile.” In fact, most audiophiles would scoff at using a phone for listening to music. They would have a separate dedicated music player because almost all phones are terrible at sound reproduction.

        Hence, it would be more accurate to recommend the Sensation XE to “people who want free headphones,” considering Monster’s headphones retail much higher than what they are worth for listening to music, and the mic is in an inconvenient position along the cable for actual use.