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A Whole Slew of HTC Goodness

A Whole Slew of HTC Goodness


HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio & HTC Rhyme

A Serving of the New HTC Delights

In the midst of the flurry of smartphone news (iPhone 4S, Steve Job's passing and the Samsung Nexus Prime), HTC has parked a spot for its own new lineup: the HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio, HTC Rhyme, HTC Radar and HTC Explorer. Different names for different games - well, it stands true in this case as these phones are specific in that they clearly cater to different groups of people. Take a quick look at what we saw during the Taiwanese company's regional launch today.

Bass with HTC Sensation XE

Sensation - sounds familiar? Well, we are talking about HTC's very own dual-core Sensation, released just a few months back (review here). The HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio is essentially a souped-up version of its sibling with an emphasis on providing the ultimate audio experience via an included Beats Audio sound profile and exclusive custom-made Beats headset. Other note-worthy improvements include a faster and more powerful processor (1.5GHz dual-core processor vs Sensation's 1.2GHz dual-core processor) and a bigger battery capacity (1730mAh vs Sensation's 1520mAh). For $30 more, the Sensation XE definitely offers much more than its Beats Audio-less sibling.

 







 

Key highlights of the HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • 768 MB RAM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi hotspot
  • 4.3-inch S-LCD capacitive touchscreen / 540 x 960 pixels
  • 8-megapixel camera (3264x2448 pixels) /
    autofocus, dual-LED flash
  • 4 GB + microSD (up to 32GB)
  • 1730 mAh battery
  • 151g
  • 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm
     
  • Price and Availability: $868 (available by end Q4 2011)

 

Bells' n' Whistles with HTC Rhyme

The fashionable and mid-range HTC Rhyme comes with a suite of dedicated accessories, including the HTC Rhyme Docking Station, HTC Rhyme Tangle-Free Headphones and the HTC Rhyme Charm - all of which would be bundled along with the smartphone. If you like to complete the HTC Rhyme collection and have the cash to spare, you can choose from other accessories that are sold separately, namely the HTC Rhyme Sports Armband, Bluetooth Headset and Bluetooth Car Speaker. While the smartphone isn't equipped with what we call state-of-the-art hardware specifications, its 3.7-inch touchscreen, 1GHz processor with 768MB of RAM, 5-megapixel camera and 1600 mAh battery will satisfy the average user.

 









 

 

Key highlights of the HTC Rhyme

  • Google Android 2.3
  • 1GHz processor
  • 768 MB RAM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen / 480 x 800 pixels
  • 5-megapixel camera (2592x1944 pixels) /
    Autofocus / LED flash
  • 4 GB storage + microSD (up to 32GB)
  • 1600 mAh battery
  • 130g
  • 119 x 60.8 mm x 10.85 mm
     
  • Price and Availability: $699 (available by end Q4 2011)