Last Wednesday, I got the chance to play with both HTC Sensation XL and HTC Sensation XE - side by side each other - during the Taiwanese company's retailer workshop event held at the Mandarin Hotel in Makati City.
I've been receiving inquiries regarding these flagship HTC phones ever since they were officially announced in the Philippines a couple of months back. Some TP Friends would ask me, "Which of two should I get? How are they similar or different from each other? Which Sensation is right for me?"
After spending some time with the two smartphones, I now have the answers. Here you go, TP Friends:
Both HTC Sensation XE and HTC Sensation XL have similar...
1. Still camera - both have an 8 MegaPixel shooter with autofocus lens and dual LED flash
2. RAM - both have 768 MB of random access memory
3. Beats sound-enhancing software, which automatically 'turns on' when you play music on the smartphone.
Choose HTC Sensation XE if...
1. You're a power user who needs the benefits of a faster dual core processor -- especially for gaming.
2. You prefer a smartphone with a lighter, smaller frame, which makes it easier to hold or carry in the pocket. XE measures 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm and weighs 151 grams vs. XL's 132.5 x 70.7 x 9.9 mm dimensions and 162.5 grams weight.
3. You want a smartphone with a Full HD 1080p video camera. XL only has a 720p HD video recorder.
4. You prefer the smaller in-ear Beats by Dr. Dre earphones bundled with XE vs. the big on-ear headphones bundled with XL.
5. You want a microSD card slot on your smartphone, allowing you to easily expand storage.
Choose HTC Sensation XL if...
1. You prefer a bigger screen on your smartphone. Both XE and XL flaunt an S-LCD display but XL's is 4.7-inch across vs. just 4.3-inch for XE.
2. You want an HTC Android smartphone with the latest version of HTC Sense. HTC Sensation XE comes with HTC Sense 3.0 while you get version 3.5 with XL. Note, however, that HTC will most likely release an OTA 3.5 HTC Sense upgrade for XE within this year.
3. You prefer the noise-cancelling on-ear Beats Solo headphones bundled with XL vs. the in-ear Beats headphones bundled with XE.
4. You want bigger non-expandable internal storage. XL comes with 16GB of internal storage but the phone doesn't have a microSD card slot.
5. You want the better front-facing camera on XL. The one on XE is only VGA while XL has a 1.3 MegaPixel shooter in front.
There you go. I hope you find this useful.