HTC Sensation XE vs Samsung Galaxy S2

December 14, 2011
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This year would surely be one of the biggest years for Android. There were so many Android devices that hit the market, and not just low-end and mid-range ones but also ones that did shine and become so popular.

Today we going to compare two of the big guns in the Android smartphone arena, and we will check out which one is better. When we say big guns, we are talking about the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the HTC Sensation XE. The fame of the Samsung Galaxy S2 is one of unprecedented success by far. Now, can the HTC Sensation XE climb the heights of the Galaxy S2’s success? Does the Sensation XE have what it takes to compete with the Galaxy S2? It’s time for us to find out.

Design

HTC Sensation XE

126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm

Samsung Galaxy S2

125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49 mm

No doubt the Galaxy S2 is really thin, which makes it sexy. The Galaxy S2 has several variants with slightly different form factors, but the thin profile of the Galaxy S2 has been retained on all these variants. The Sensation XE might be thicker, but with those nicely designed curves at the back, all you can feel is comfort when you’re holding this device.

The predominantly metal body of the Sensation XE would emphasize sturdiness when compared to the Galaxy S2, which is made of plastic. The HTC smartphone is slightly heavier, though, because of this.

Processing Speed

The HTC Sensation XE is packed with a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon processor with 768 MB RAM. The Samsung Galaxy S2, on the other hand, uses a 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and 1 GB of RAM. There are variants of the Galaxy S2 that are using 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processors.

As you can see, these smartphones really mean business. There’s just no compromise when it comes to the processing power of these gadgets. This is just one of the major reasons why these two would excel over other Android devices out there. Any apps you install on these devices will surely run smoothly. Blazing speed is what you get from these smartphones.

Display

Samsung Galaxy S2

Super AMOLED Plus

4.3 inches

480×800 pixels

HTC Sensation XE

S-LCD

4.3 inches

540×960 pixels

Both the Galaxy S2 and the Sensation XE has 4.3-inch displays. The Galaxy S2 may have other screen configurations depending on the variant. The major difference here is the type of display used on each of these smartphones. The Super AMOLED Plus on the Galaxy S2 is just better compared to S-LCD. The colors on the Galaxy S2 screen are brilliant, which the Sensation can’t really surpass.

Camera

Both the Galaxy S2 and the Sensation XE have rear and front digital cameras. The two smartphones are using 8 MP cameras at the back. The Sensation XE has dual-LED flash while the Galaxy S2 has a single-LED flash. The rear cameras of both devices are capable of autofocus and can capture 1080p HD videos. The Galaxy S2 has a 2 MP front-facing camera while the Sensation XE has 0.3 MP.

Storage

The HTC Sensation XE has 4 GB of internal storage. The thing with this one, though, is that only 1 GB can be used by the user. The Galaxy S2, on the other hand, has several internal storage configurations depending on the variant. It ranges from 16 GB to 64 GB.

Both smartphones support microSD card expansion. The Galaxy S2 can carry up to 64 GB of microSD card expansion, while the Sensation XE can get up to 32 GB.

Software

These two smartphones are running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The major differences that they have would be on the custom UI. The Samsung Galaxy S2 uses the Touchwiz 4.0 UI, which is one of the popular Android UIs today. The HTC Sensation XE, on the other hand, is using HTC Sense 3.0. HTC’s Sense UI is one of the pioneers in UI customization for Android, but Touchwiz is also becoming popular nowadays.

This aspect of the comparison would best be judge by user preference. These two UIs have been around for some time now and the nicely designed layout on both UIs has been loved by many.

Connectivity

These smartphones are equipped with Wi-Fi radios. Both devices are built with Bluetooth 3.0, as well. The Galaxy S2 data connection will depend on the variant and the carrier. The Sensation XE supports HSDPA 14.4 Mbps.

Summary

The HTC Sensation XE is the newcomer and it was just recently released. This smartphone has not even officially made it to the U.S. yet. This smartphone from HTC is yet to prove its worth. The Sensation XE is one of the first smartphones that gets the Beats branding, too. This device comes with the premium Beats headphones out of the box, which would be a big plus for music lovers.

Competing with the already famous Samsung Galaxy S2 will be hard but given the stuff packed into the HTC Sensation XE, chances to excel will be high.

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