Nov 03 AT 3:43 PM Nick Gray 55 Comments

Verizon’s HTC Rezound unveiled, launching November 14 for $299

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The curtain has finally been pulled back to reveal the HTC Rezound — the first device for the US market to feature a 720p HD display and Beats Audio. HTC’s CEO Peter Chou and Jimmy Iovine from Beats took the stage this afternoon in New York City to show off the handset for the very first time. The official spec list on the HTC Rezound matches up very closely with the rumors we’ve reported on, including a 1.5 GHz S3 processor from Qualcomm, 4.3-inch 1280×720 720p HD display, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera, an 8 megapixel rear camera, Android 2.3.4, HTC Sense 3.5, support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network and a custom pair of Beats headphones.

The design of the HTC Rezound is a cross between the HTC EVO 3D and the DROID Incredible 2, featuring a textured soft-touch back cover with a Beats and Verizon 4G LTE logo near the bottom and a red accent ring around the camera lens. The red accents are also carried over to the front of the HTC Rezound and can be found in the speaker grill and the capacitive buttons below the screen.

The Rezound features an 8 megapixel back-lit imaging sensor and an f2.2 lens, which allow the phone to capture some pretty decent pictures even in low light situations. The camera software and setup are nearly identical to what we’ve already seen on the HTC Amaze 4G.

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Verizon will start selling the HTC Rezound on November 14 for $299 with a new two-year contract and qualifying data plan. While the phone will be shipping with Gingerbread, HTC’s made it clear that the HTC Rezound is Ice Cream Sandwich ready and will be updated to the latest version of Android in early 2012.

It looks like the HTC Rezound and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be battling things out for the attention of Verizon’s customers.  We know most of you probably have your eyes set on the Nexus phone, but HTC may have an upper hand with the general public. Not to mention the fact that the phone will include Beats headphones right in the box.  Which camp are you in?

HTC Rezound Specs

  • Mobile Hotspot capability: Share 4G connection with up to ten Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Operating System: Android 2.3â„¢ (Gingerbread) with latest HTC Sense — An upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will available in early 2012
  • Internal Memory: 16 GB on-board memory, 1 GB DDR2 RAM
  • Memory Card: 16 GB MicroSDâ„¢ pre-installed
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth®: 3.0 — Support for headset, hands-free, stereo, phonebook access and object push for vCard and vCalendar
  • GPS: GPS/AGPS
  • Battery: 1,620 mAh
  • Special Features: HDMI (through MHL), G-sensor, Light sensor, Compass, Proximity sensor, MicroUSB, USIM/CSIM/ISIM, audio jack and Wireless Charging capable
  • Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM8660 1.5GHz, Qualcomm® MDM9600
  • Dimensions: 129 x 65.5 x 13.65 mm
Show Press Release
HTC AND VERIZON WIRELESS UNVEIL HTC REZOUNDâ„¢, FIRST SMARTPHONE IN THE U.S. TO FEATURE BEATS AUDIOâ„¢HTC Rezound breaks new ground with introduction of advanced audio and high-definition visual experienceNEW YORK CITY — November 3, 2011 — HTC Corporation, a global designer of mobile devices, and Verizon Wireless today announced the HTC Rezoundâ„¢, the only phone in the United States with Beats Audioâ„¢ integration. A result of the recent partnership between HTC and Beats, the HTC Rezound delivers a powerful entertainment experience with unparalleled audio and multimedia capabilities highlighted by a 4.3-inch true HD 720p display. The HTC Rezound, a premium designed smartphone that includes the latest HTC Sense experience and access to Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, will be available exclusively from Verizon Wireless on Nov. 14.“HTC is dedicated to delivering the latest in sight and sound innovation and we’re excited to be introducing the first U.S. smartphone featuring Beats Audio technology,” said Peter Chou, CEO, HTC Corporation. “Paired with Verizon Wireless’ blazing-fast 4G LTE network and a robust multimedia experience, the HTC Rezound enables customers to enjoy their favorite music and entertainment on-the-go like never before.”The HTC Rezound enables customers to hear music the way the artist intended with unique audio tuning by Beats that delivers thundering bass, soaring midrange and crisp highs. Unique to HTC, the HTC Rezound also includes new lightweight Beats headphones, created exclusively to integrate with the Beats’ audio profile on the device.  Hands-free calling is easy with the built-in microphone and the on-cable remote to pause, advance or rewind and answer a call mid-track.“HTC fully recognizes the destruction to audio caused by the digital revolution. They embrace our vision to repair this ecosystem and bring the feeling from the recording studio to the smartphone,“ said Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Beats By Dr. Dre. “This is only the beginning of our plan to fix how music is delivered.”Lightning-fast mobile entertainment
The HTC Rezound is the first HTC smartphone to feature a true HD 720p display and is perfect for enjoying high-quality entertainment on the 4.3-inch super LCD screen. HTC Watch puts an entire library of the latest premium movies and TV shows right at your fingertips. Using a wireless connection, HTC Watch uses progressive download technology on the HTC Rezound which makes it possible to watch videos without waiting for them to finish downloading. Customers can rent or purchase videos through HTC Watch and enjoy content on up to five different HTC devices. The HTC Rezound features Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) connectivity, so customers can watch content from the device on an HDTV, including 5.1 surround sound and SRS WOWâ„¢ HD surround to take advantage of a home theater setup. Equipped with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, the HTC Rezound offers a speedy mobile experience even for the most demanding media enthusiast.“HTC Rezound combines sleek design, innovative entertainment features and the power of Verizon Wireless’ network to create a multi-media phone that consumers have been waiting for,” said Jeff Dietel, vice president of marketing for Verizon Wireless.  “4G LTE speeds take mobile entertainment to a new level, providing customers with advanced functionality in a phone they can count on for everyday use.”

Advanced multimedia features
The HTC Rezound boasts an 8-megapixel camera featuring autofocus, dual LED flash, a f/2.2 and 28mm wide-angle lens with BSI sensor to fit more of the scene into every shot and for better low-light performance. The enhanced camera features available through HTC Sense offer new scenes and effects such as panoramic mode for capturing life on a grand scale or action burst scene for the perfect action shot.

For self-portraits or video conversations, the HTC Rezound also features a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. With a 1080p camcorder, the HTC Rezound enables customers to record a perfect moment with stunning clarity and incredible stereo sound, perfect for sharing on YouTube or Facebook. Customers can also wirelessly send their media to a compatible TV for looking at videos or pictures with friends and family using Digital Living Network Alliance® (DLNA).

HTC Sense
Featuring the latest version of HTC Sense, the HTC Rezound enables people to create a unique and intuitive user experience that matches their personal preference and lifestyle.  A customizable active lockscreen experience transforms the lockscreen into a real-time window to the most important information and content, such as social updates, photos, weather or stock updates that are viewed by simply turning on the display.  In addition, the new active lockscreen becomes a customizable gateway that lets people quickly jump to the most used features, like making a phone call, sending an email, taking a picture or anything else with the same quick gesture usually used to unlock the phone.

HTC Sense also delivers a new group messaging experience simplifying group and multimedia messaging so people can stay up-to-date on the latest conversations quickly and easily. People can view recent status updates from popular social networks in one place using FriendStreamâ„¢, as well as sync their contact list with all email accounts and social networks for smooth integration.

“HTC and Beats have been important partners to Best Buy over the years and we are thrilled to help them bring the HTC Rezound on the Verizon Wireless network to consumers,” said Scott Anderson, head of merchandising for Best Buy Mobile. “This is going to be a big holiday for smartphones and people will be looking for new and different features. The HTC Rezound, with HTC’s mobile expertise and audio excellence from Beats, will be a great option for our customers.”

Additional features

  • Mobile Hotspot capability: share 4G connection with up to ten Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Operating System: Android 2.3â„¢ (Gingerbread) with latest HTC Sense — An upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will available in early 2012
  • Internal Memory: 16 GB on-board memory, 1 GB DDR2 RAM
  • Memory Card: 16 GB MicroSDâ„¢ pre-installed
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth®: 3.0 — support for headset, hands-free, stereo, phonebook access and object push for vCard and vCalendar
  • GPS: GPS/AGPS
  • Battery: 1,620 mAh
  • Special Features: HDMI (through MHL), G-sensor, Light sensor, Compass, Proximity sensor, MicroUSB, USIM/CSIM/ISIM, audio jack and Wireless Charging capable
  • Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM8660 1.5GHz, Qualcomm® MDM9600
  • Dimensions: 129 x 65.5 x 13.65 mm

Availability

The HTC Rezound will be available beginning Nov. 14 at Verizon Wireless and at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers who purchase the HTC Rezound will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data. Customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/Rezound to sign up for more information.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • @BiGMER F

    firt the 11th , then the 14th? verizon def going out of the norm… Sheez maybe the Nexus will drop the 17th

  • Nathan

    Sweet phone

    • RoRo

      so can a verizon lte device run with at&t’s lte network? I really like the reZound cause im a music person. But i have AT&T :(

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        That would be nice, but it’s not gonna happen.

      • X VARNER

        I can switch you to Verizon fairly easy

    • Melissa

      iPhone 4S SMOKES this amateurish htcraphone

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        In what way? With its slower processor, lower resolution display, inferior camera and audio quality, and 3G speeds?

        • triangle

          Nick, I know you’re trying to be civil with trolls, but I don’t think there’s any reasoning with them. Maybe one of these days, there will be a well reasoned response from an iphone supporter, but these trolls just try to get a rise of people because they don’t have anything better to do. The iphone had its day already this year and it was underwhelming to the fanboys, so now they’re just venting their frustrations on the rest of the world, specifically targeting the android sites. We have such great, interesting stuff to talk about. Whether it’s the new HTC phone with a 720p screen that has beats or the unbelievably thin form factor of the RAZR or Ice Cream Sandwich on the Galaxy Nexus. If you want to talk about what’s going on with the iphone, I guess you can talk more about Siri.

  • http://theandroidappshow.com Lane Montgomery

    Sure it will be Ice Cream Sandwich “ready”. Pretty much every high-end HTC phone gets the next Android release eventually, but as time goes on people are getting more and more wise to not receiving the latest and greatest updates in a timely fashion.

    There are plenty of people that will be up for a contract extension that aren’t necessarily tech savvy, but aware that their phone isn’t getting the updates when they are released by Google.

    Who knows if this latest Nexus is the one that will catch on with the mass market, but eventually people will figure out the Nexus phones get the updates ASAP and the rest… well… don’t.

    • Agree

      Yup. Don’t want a ThunderBolt 2. Can’t wait to leave HTC behind and never look back :)

      • clocinnorcal

        Thats too bad you feel that way about HTC. A great company with many great devices. Personally I feel if you dont own a Nexus device, your phone should be rooted. Much rather run a custom ROM than manufacturer OS. Night and Day difference.

  • GeauxLSU

    Is their an NFC chip in it?

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Rumors indicated that it would have an NFC chip, but none of the official documents mention it. I just sent an email off to my HTC reps to see if they have any more details on it.

      • GeauxLSU

        I might be time for a holiday shopping guide listing popular features and why you may want it included with your next phone with a chart at the bottom showing which of those features each phone has. Obvious ones would be NFC, HDMI, status of bootloader (looked, unlocked, unlochable). Also include removeable battery, SD card, and other things people may not think about until it’s too late.

        • awlllwa

          Your forgetting the all important Barometer.

    • AndroidsOfTara
  • Jason

    Better processor (Dual-core in the press release) and camera than the Galaxy Nexus.

    • sylar

      Yes but it wont come with 4.0 Ice Cream so it might be less popular to those who actually understand.

      • sylar

        Then again maybe not.

    • metafor

      The use of the same 45nm LTE chip inside the Thunderbolt worries me. Battery life is gonna still suck.

      • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff

        We’re not going to get anything better until Q2 2012 when the MSM8960 and MDM9615 come out (but when they do, boy will those phones be HOT).

    • Sam

      both of those statements true, the GN has way better optics and you can look at comparison photos i was impressed. the 4460 was optimized for ICS and will blend perfectly with the Nexus and its actually under clocked at 1.2 so if you really care that much you can just bring it up to 1.5

    • chris

      nexus has dual core processor also. Not to mention htc=shitty battery life and with a hd screen and a battery 200mah more than the tb good luck with that.

  • ben dover

    This was most likely HTC’s bid on the Nexus.

    Since Google went with Sammy, HTC would most likely release the phone using a different name!

    I could be wrong though :-P

  • R.S

    I’m surprised no one has commented negatively about the price.

    Though most will see the $100 price increase over what used to be the standard subsidized price as too expensive, I’m not shocked. My last non smart phone was $199 after rebates. It was a high end phone but obviously didn’t do half the things that smart phones are now capable of. Though I’m sure most won’t see it this way, phones getting more expensive was inevitable.

    As for the actual phone, it obviously has good specs and I’m sure it will sell well. Even though I’m no longer with Verizon, I love their strong Android line up; the Rezound, the Razr, and the Nexus. Everyone will have their preference, you really can’t go wrong with any of them.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Keep in mind that you’re getting a pair of beats audio headphones which would probably retail for $100.

      • dreamdoggy22

        I will be very surprised if the headphones/earbuds are worth anywhere near $100. I hope I am wrong, but my guess is they will be average at best.

    • kazahani

      The problem that we have is that you have to sign a contract to get the phones for these prices, and they keep jacking up the fees they charge to break contracts early too. Oh, and now you have to pay even more if you use more than 2 gigs of data…

      Just seems like their prices for EVERYTHING have gone up a lot.

  • iaj

    Not as sexy as the Galaxy Nexus, but seems good.

  • snowbdr89

    I’m choosing this beast over the samsuck nexus!!!

  • E

    Ive been a huge fan of HTC since the wing so much I currently own a EVO 4G my favorite by far this sounds very very tempting but I’m a bit more anxious to try the new nexus

  • Aaron

    The two rivals are very hard to choose between. But my last four phones have been HTC, currently the Droid Incredible. Every phone of HTC’s that I have are perfect for my lifestyle. I know the Nexus Prime would be killer, but I love the look and specs of the Rezound even more. I know Google will release their source to ICS and their kernels, and all the cool jazz. But HTC is not as easy and requires more development. I will probably be getting the Rezound, but I’m going to take a step back and see what both of these phones do.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Congrads to verizon on the HTC REZOUND definately the best android device made by HTC to date I applaud the progress that has been made. Meanwhile I still have to say that the best device on verizon will be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

  • Legend

    This should have been what the sensation is! Front of it looks great, only thing I have a problem with is the hideous back cover and the design (on the back)..what were they thinking!

  • Christian

    13.65mm? This phone is nearly TWICE as thick as the Droid RAZR. No thanks. Step up HTC.

  • @BiGMER F

    Most do not know that the rezound was htc’s offering to google to be the next nexus

  • Gabe

    So I wonder how people would feel that Sense 3.5 UI is being slapped over Android 4.0 ICS UI… I mean wouldn’t everyone prefer the Icecream Sandwich interface over the HTC sense interface.??

    • Legend

      I would assume they were developing sense 4.0 for ICS. I’d rather have ICS UI with the added option of updated sense widgets.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      HTC has been improving Sense at an incredible pace. HTC Sense 3.0 was introduced at MWC this year and they are already on Sense 3.5. My guess is that Sense 4.0 will have a slightly new look and a lot of new features what HTC rolls it out with Ice Cream Sandwich in January or February of 2012.

      • ChouChou

        What’s so great about Sense 3.5? I have Sense 3.0 and I don’t see any .5 worth differences with 3.5, please enlighten us!

        If anything, the improvement I saw were worth only a 0.1 upgrade, they should’ve called it Sense 3.1

        • Gabe

          I see what you’re saying.. In comparison to Samsung’s TouchWiz UI from 3.0 to 4.0 they’ve dramatically changed it by changing the notification bar to look like gingerbread’s, added a new widgets, added new motions (turnover to mute, tilt to zoom, panning to swipe screens, double tap to activate voice), new add to home view, and more…

          With Sense 3.0 to 3.5 they just changed the lock screen and added a 3D carrousel effect… WOW… Good going HTC! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for your IcecreamSandwich phones!!!

  • ChouChou

    Ask HTC if they are still using the same broken BlueZ bluetooth 3.0 drivers. If you plan to phone book sync with your bluetooth 2.x car, forget about it.

  • ChouChou

    Looks like $100 is the new premium to get a 720p display on your phone. No thanks! Other than that, the specs are identical to phones costing $200!

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Somewhat true. The $100 premium if for phones on Verizon which feature LTE connectivity. T-Mobile is charging $250 for the Amaze 4G which features most of the same specs but is lacking the 720p display, LTE, and Beats Audio headphones.

  • Paul

    Damn. Not bad. If it has Gorilla Glass I just may be sold. The #1 draw to the Galaxy Nexus was the 720p and ICS of course but that’s a temporary issue. But no Gorilla glass and Pentile display ticked me off some. If this has RGB subpixel rendering instead and Gorilla Glass, who knows. I know the S2 (Snapdragon 2) can seriously be overclocked, I wonder if the S3 can be overclocked as powerfully as well. Regardless, nice phone. 720p, superior headphones, 1.5ghz Dual Core, etc. Not bad at all.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      I would bet on this having gorilla glass. The majority of HTC phones do.

    • Caliphonia

      The HTC can’t do this:

  • Paul

    Android 2.3.4 in this is disappointing. They’re up to 2.3.7 already. the AT&T SGS2 came with 2.3.4 as well but the international version is up to 2.3.5; I guess carriers/manufacturers have been testing this for months and months. Still, I imagine going from 2.3.4 to 2.3.7 isn’t that much trouble.

  • Matthew H

    Does the Rezound have a Pentile display? That is my main quesiton, and whether the Galaxy Nexsus can do HDMI out. If the Rezound does not have a Pentile, but a true 720P display, I may actually go with this.
    Because the Rezound and Nexsus feature so many similar specs, I am going to wait until they are released and for the reviews on battery life, etc. as well as actually play with them in the store before I decide. I am up on a two year contract on Verizon, so I am definitely getting one of these two.

  • http://www.yourdigitalspace.com Swamykant

    Nice phone. Excellent specs.

  • Christopher

    Its so beautiful.

  • pritams

    mehhhh…..

  • clocinnorcal

    Its not because of beats audio headphones, or lawsuits and licensing fees, its because of share holders desire for large profits plain and simple. Att is releasing a few LTE phones soon but none of them are $299.

    http://www.droid-life.com/2011/10/31/hey-verizon-att-announced-two-4g-lte-devices-today-why-are-yours-so-much-more-expensive/

    Look at these numbers for other mobile companies. China mobile has the largest customer base with over 600 million customers. In Q2 of 2011 their profits were around 20 billion. Verizon with 1/6 of the customer base as China mobile still managed to bring in 14 billion in profits.

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