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 2.3™ (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 MicroSD™ 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 REZOUND™, FIRST SMARTPHONE IN THE U.S. TO FEATURE BEATS AUDIO™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 Rezound™, the only phone in the United States with Beats Audio™ 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 WOW™ 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 FriendStream™, 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 2.3™ (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 MicroSD™ 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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