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HTC Sensation XL vs HTC Sensation XE Comparison

The HTC Sensation XL, is a larger version of the HTC Sensation XE, which by itself  is an upgrade to the original HTC Sensation.

The HTC Sensation XL was launched in India recently and is also branded as the costliest Android phone in the country. On the other side, the HTC Sensation Sensation XE was launched couple of weeks back and comes packed with real good specifications for that amount of money.

Both these devices from HTC are exclusive devices with a partnership with Beats by Dr.Dre Audio system and optimized software and come with a special pair of headphones made by Dr.Dre exclusively for HTC.

If you are eyeing the HTC Sensation XL, do read HTC Sensation XL vs Galaxy Note Comparison and if you are more interested in the HTC Sensation XE, read HTC Sensation XE vs Samsung Galaxy SII Mobile Comparison and HTC Sensation XE Mobile Beats Xperia Arc S Features and HTC Sensation XE vs Motorola Droid RAZR Comparison to see how it fares with similar phones in the same bracket.

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:

Form Factor

The HTC Sensation XL is 132.5 x 70.7 x 9.9 mm, while the HTC Sensation XE is 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm. The HTC Sensation XL weighs 162.5 grams while the HTC Sensation XE is 151 grams in weight, slightly lighter than the XL in weight, which can be attributed to the smaller screen size on the Sensation XE.

The standard four Android buttons are present on the HTC Sensation XL and the HTC Sensation XE.

The HTC Sensation XL has a 4.7 inch screen, making it quite big to hold and handle while the HTC Sensation XE has a 4.3 inch screen.

HTC has added a dash of red to the HTC Sensation XE, 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. The Sensation XL has the Beats logo on the back, nothing much to it other than that.


The HTC Sensation XL, comes with a S-LCD capacitive touchscreen of 4.7 inches with a pixel density of 199ppi while The HTC Sensation XE, comes with a S-LCD capacitive touchscreen of 4.3inches with a pixel density of 256ppi. The HTC Sensation XL has a screen resolution of 480×800 pixels while the HTC Sensation XE has a screen resolution of 540×960 pixels.

Both the phones support Multi-touch and there is an accelerometer and proximity sensor on both the cellphones as well. Also, the HTC Sensation XL and the Sensation XE have a Gyroscope on them, also called as a Gyro sensor, which enhances motion based gaming and gestures.

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

Winner: HTC Sensation XL ( Bigger Screen, higher resolution )


The HTC Sensation XL and Sensation XE have a 8MP Camera. The Sensation XL can take photos upto a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels while the Sensation XE also shoots at a similar resolution. There is autofocus and LED Flash on both the devices as well.  The HTC Sensation XL  and the Sensation XE have Dual LED flash.

Geo tagging, face detection and image stabilization are standard features on both the smartphones. Also the HTC comes with HDR support on camera on the Sensation XL.

The Sensation XE’s camera shoots video at 1080p resolution, at full HD at 30 frames per second while tht HTC Sensation XL shoots at 720p, at HD resolution.

Also, note that there is a secondary camera on both the devices, of VGA resolution in the HTC Sensation XL and the XE. 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 ( Full HD Video ) 


The HTC Sensation XL has 16GB of internal memory, and does not support a microSD card slot while 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

Not that the HTC Sensation XL cannot be extended in terms of its memory and you will have only 16GB memory capacity always.

Winner: HTC Sensation XE


The HTC Sensation XL 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 HTC Sensation XE  also has similar bands on both 2G and 3G and both the phones work across the world, on almost all the bands that are available out there as they support multiple bands on 2G and 3G.

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. DLNA is also present on the HTC Sensation XE.

GPS is available on both the phones and Bluetooth 3.0 is enabled on the HTC Sensation XL as well as the Sensation XE.

Both phones have FM Radio on it, with RDS support.

Operating System and UI:

The HTC Sensation XL  and the XE run on Android Gingerbread 2.3.4 with HTC’s 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 with some user-intuitive gesture controls as well.

HTC has confirmed that the Sensation XL and XE will be receiving the Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 update soon.

Battery and Processor

The HTC Sensation XL has a 1600mAh battery while the HTC Sensation XE has a 1730mAh battery. The HTC Sensation XL, on 2G, has a talktime of upto 12 h and 360 hours of standby time and upto 7 hours of talktime and 460 hours of standby time on 3G. While 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.

The HTC Sensation XL and HTC Sensation XE come with powerful processors. On the HTC Sensation, there is a 1.5 GHz Scorpion Single Core processor powered by an Adreno 205 GPU backed by the Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset while the HTC Sensation XE has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor powered by a Adreno 220 GPU and supported by the Qualcomm MSM 8260 Snapdragon chipset.

Winner: HTC Sensation XE ( Dual Core 1.5Ghz )

Beats by Dr. Dre

The HTC Sensation XL comes with audio from Beats by Dr. Dre, one of the most premium companies specializing in Audio technology in the world. The HTC Sensation XLcomes 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 XL, which comes in the box as well. The headset has music control buttons on it as well.

The HTC Sensation XL comes with around the ear premium earphones from Dr.Dre while the Sensation XE comes with a pair of high-quality in-ear earphones.

Sensation XL












HTC Sensation XE Beats Audio

Image from Engadget - Sensation XE


The HTC Sensation XL is a nice device overall, and comes with solid build quality and design. On the other side, the HTC Sensation XE makes a good deal too, at its current retail price for the offerings it has. The Sensation XE packs much more power and juice under its hood and makes a very good device for gaming as it comes with a dual core processor and an improved GPU while the HTC Sensation XL would make an ideal pick if you are more towards watching videos on the move or enjoy browsing on the big screen as it comes with a huge 4.7 inch display. Looking only at the specifications, the Sensation XE is powered by a higher speed dual core processor and all that, but more or less, both the devices perform similarly, also considering that they have the same User Interface on them.

So if you are looking for a bigger screened cellphone and would love to carry a 4.7 inch device with you, go for the Sensation XL though it is slightly costlier than the XE while the Sensation XE would make the best buy for high end and normal users as it packs the best of entertainment features and power.



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