HTC has just inked a strategic partnership with Beats Electronics (the makers of Beats by Dr. Dre). While the official press release says that it’s a “strategic partnership”, we’ve gotten word that it was actually a nice purchase, worth about 300 million USD. What does this mean for the prolific Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer who lately has been raking in millions and millions of dollars? Well, you can expect a better audio experience in future HTC phones for one, and we’re not terribly against the idea of Beats branded earphones being included in HTC devices. Who knows, maybe HTC will out a Beats branded smartphone?