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« on: October 07, 2011, 08:21:39 pm »



Officially unveiled at HTC's regional launch earlier this week, the One XE is really an upgrade of the One.

After having recently acquired Dr Dre's Beats Electronics, the Taiwan-based company has launched the first HTC handset to come with Beats Audio technology. The One XE runs on a faster dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and larger 1,730mAh battery. At 1.5GHz, the processor--on par with the Xiaomi Phone--probably makes it one of the fastest smartphones in the market.

Upside

The One XE is blazingly fast, having been upgraded from a 1.2GHz chipset in the One to 1.5GHz. Compared with a Samsung Galaxy S II (1.2GHz dual-core processor) on the same Wi-Fi network, the CNET Asia Web site loaded faster on the One XE. In general, we didn't experience any noticeable lag while using the phone for a day.

The star feature of the One XE is arguably its Beats Audio--which comes in the form of software tweaks and bundled custom made Beats headphones. Beats Audio is generally known for delivering punchy bass and it does not disappoint in that sense. Compared with a generic pair of earphones, the Beats headset seems to provide more clarity and does better in the low ends.




According to HTC, the bespoke Beats Audio sound profile is supposed to deliver "fuller bass and crisper vocals" when used with the bundled headset.


The in-ear Beats headset comes in a pouch with four additional earbud sizes.
(Credit: Shawn Low/CNET Asia)

Downside

Audio was a tad soft on the phone and we had to play music at maximum volume when using the Beats headset. We had a similar volume problem with the One. We didn't encounter this problem when using a generic pair of earphones with the One XE, but this may simply be an anomaly of the pre-production unit. It's also a pity that the cable isn't the tangle-free type found on some Monster-branded headphones.



It doesn't make sense that the One XE comes with HTC Sense 3.0, when the Rhyme (announced at the same time) has the more recent version 3.5. We like the Sense 3.0 UI, but it would have been nice for the company to include the latest version in a new handset.

Some people may find the One XE slightly bulky and heavy at 151g, but the handset does feel solid in the hands. It's about 3g heavier than the original One, which shares the same dimensions.

Outlook

If you've been holding out on getting the HTC One X, the XE is worth a look. Particularly for mainstream music lovers, Beats Audio technology should deliver a more pleasing aural experience than other handsets.

HTC has slated the One XE to hit "key markets in South Asia" by the end of the year, at a retail price of S$868 (US$670). It might be worthwhile to note that the One cost only S$30 (US$23) less when it was released in the middle of this year. So in terms of specs, the One XE seems to provide more bang for your buck, considering Beats headsets don't come cheap.
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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2011, 09:16:36 pm »

then either your plugs are defect or you should get yourself a hearing-aid. When i started to play music the 1st time with the earplugs i litterly got blown from my chair because the volume was up to 80%.

The only downside i see with the plugs are that they are quite heavy compared to other plugs.
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