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HTC and Dr Dre-owned audio tech company Beats' recent collaboration, the HTC Sensation XE has been given a UK release date and price.

According to a report from CNET UK mobile retailer Phones 4U will exclusively offer the music-focused smartphone on 1 October. The report suggested that the device would be available for free on a £36 per-month contract with a variety of networks.

A subsequent report from ITProPortal subsequently appeared alleging the device would be available sim-free from 7 October for around £500.

The Sensation XE was officially confirmed on Thursday and as is to be expected of any device made in collaboration with a high-end audio company, focuses on music and sound quality.

With a focus on its functionality as a music player, the XE is set to come loaded with custom software made to optimise the device's audio quality and a set of special earphones designed for use with a mobile device.

The special Beats earphones will reportedly include a built-in microphone designed to let users answer and make calls with the earphones and a dedicated cable remote that will let them control the device.

Additionally, the XE will run using Google's Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and house an impressive 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 8-megapixel camera.