HTC has officially launched today the first fruit of its recently inked “strategic partnership” with Beats Electronics–the HTC Sensation XE.

Formerly codenamed the HTC Sensation Special Edition, the HTC Sensation XE will reach European, Middle Eastern, African, and Asia Pacific markets in late September.

The handset is expected to cost about EUR590 (about US$806). No word has been given yet regarding release in the U.S. and Canada.

The HTC Sensation XE is the first–and definitely not the last–HTC Android handset to come equipped with Beats Audio technology for “studio quality” sound experience.

Pretty much everything else in the original HTC Sensation is still in place in the refreshed model, except for the faster clock speed (1.5 GHz against the 1.2 GHz of the older model) of its dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 processor, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, total internal storage of 4 gigabytes (up to 1 GB available for use), and a 1730-mAh Li-ion battery pack (compared to the 1520-mAh battery of the earlier Sensation).

Owing to the bigger battery capacity, the HTC Sensation XE has also acquired additional 3 grams of weight, although no changes in the height, width, or depth of the device have been noted.

The HTC Sensation XE will also ship with a microSD card (8 GB or 16 GB) and in-ear Beats by Dr. Dre headphones featuring a remote control.

Jason Mackenzie, HTC head for global sales and marketing, said in a press statement that the HTC Sensation XE proves HTC’s “commitment to place consumers at the center of their mobile worlds” by “pushing the audio boundaries to encompass not only improved voice but music, movies and games.”

As cool as the sound of the HTC Sensation XE might be, it is also as beautiful physically with an aluminum unibody highlighted with hints of red.

As in the original HTC Sensation, the Beats-enabled model still comes with a 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen, an 8-megapixel primary camera, a VGA secondary camera, and 768 MB of RAM.

Anyone interested in a better-performing and better-sounding model of the HTC Sensation?