Features Key features of the Galaxy Core  vs Sensation XE 

screen size

Display: The 4.3-inch display on the Samsung Galaxy Core is okay in terms of size, but nothing special when it comes to quality.
Galaxy Core | by PhoneArena (Jul, 2013)

screen resolution

Galaxy Core
800 x 480
Sensation XE
960 x 540
They do not stand out with anything in particular, but they hit all the bases - colors are not skewed, detail is sufficient and the exposure is accurate.
Galaxy Core | by PhoneArena (Aug, 2013)

memory

Sensation XE
0.75 GB

processor

Galaxy Core
Dual core
Sensation XE
Dual core
It is equipped with a Snapdragon S4 Play SoC – the MSM8625, which packs a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Adreno 203 graphics, and 1GB of RAM has been thrown in as well.
Galaxy Core | by PhoneArena (Jul, 2013)

camera resolution

Good news is that the 5-megapixel shooter captures very decent photographs.
Galaxy Core | by PhoneArena (Aug, 2013)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Samsung Galaxy Core

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy Core

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Lighter 124 g vs 151 g Around 20% lighter
Store more stuff 8 GB vs 1 GB 8x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Thinner 9 mm vs 11.3 mm More than 20% thinner
Longer standby time 29,952 min vs 18,576 min More than 60% longer standby time
Longer talk time (3G) 540 min vs 444.6 min More than 20% longer talk time (3G); go days without charging
Front view of HTC Sensation XE

Reasons to consider the
HTC Sensation XE

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Records significantly higher def video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps vs 720 x 480 @ 30 fps 6x higher def video
Longer standby time (3G) 32,400 min vs 18,000 min 80% longer standby time (3G)
Faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1.2 GHz More than 25% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Higher resolution front camera 8 MP vs 5 MP 60% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Sharper screen 256 ppi vs 216 ppi Around 20% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Slightly higher resolution 960 x 540 vs 800 x 480 35% higher resolution
Slightly better theoretical download speed 14.4 Mb/s vs 5.76 Mb/s More than 2.5x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Core  vs Sensation XE 

8.0
8.5
Alternatively, if you insist on Android high-end with a big screen, you can look at the Samsung Galaxy S II, which has proven to be one of the best Android pieces of hardware, and is thin and light, with Super AMOLED Plus display.
Sensation XE

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy Core  vs
Sensation XE 
Type TFT LCD Super IPS LCD2
Size 4.3" 4.3"
Resolution 800 x 480 960 x 540
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 216 ppi 256 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes Yes

software

Operating system Android 4.1 Android 4.0
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC No No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0 Bluetooth v3.0

form factor

Galaxy Core  vs
Sensation XE 
Weight 124 g 151 g
Thickness 9 mm 11.3 mm
Size 67.6 x 129.3 x 9 mm 65.4 x 126.1 x 11.3 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.2 GHz 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Dual core
RAM 1 GB 0.75 GB
Internal storage 8 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
microSDXC
microSD
SDHC
microSDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 5 MP 8 MP
Resolution 5 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 0.3 MP 0.3 MP
Video resolution 720 x 480 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 3.5G 3.5G
Networks
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
HSPA (unspecified)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
Unknown (14.4 Mb/s)
HSDPA (14.4 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 540 min 444.6 min
Standby time 29,952 min 18,576 min
Standby time (3G) 18,000 min 32,400 min
Capacity 1,800 mA·h 1,730 mA·h
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