HTC Rezound

We're live at HTC's little event in New York City, where the HTC Rezound for Verizon was just announced. And just as we expected, we've got a Beats Audio device on our hands, along with HTC Sense and a 4G LTE radio.

HTC RezoundIt's got a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM 8660 processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 16GB mircoSD card. It'll ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is no surprise. But HTC says it's committed to upgrading it to Ice Cream Sandwich ASAP.

It's also HTC's first smartphone with a 720p resolution display. That is, the 4.3-inch display has a width of 720 pixels, just like the Galaxy Nexus.

HTC's also incorporating its newer camera technology into the Rezound, just like we've seen on the HTC Amaze. It's got an 8-megapixel sensor, f2.2 lens and 1080p video recording -- including slow-motion. There's a 2-megapixel up front.

And, of course, there's that Beats audio. "You should have the best audio experience in your mobile experience," they said at the launch event. And included with the HTC Rezound, of course, are Beats earbuds.

The HTC Rezound will be available Nov. 14 at Verizon, Best Buy an online -- for $299.99.

We've got the full press release after the break.

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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 experience

NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- HTC Corp., 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 Corp. "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. It embraces 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 customers' 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 1.5GHz 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 multimedia 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, and an 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 an 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®.

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, which is 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, such as 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: Includes the Android 2.3™ (Gingerbread) OS with the latest HTC Sense — an upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will available in early 2012.
  • Internal Memory: 16 GB of on-board memory, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM
  • Memory Card: A 16GB 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 1.5 GHz, 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.

 

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HTC announces the Rezound on Verizon: 'The smartphone revolution is sweeping the world'

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Oh boy

why don't they release these super-phones on sprint or at&t or t-mobile?

I do NOT want to switch to Verizon even if they had 10G

why not ?...i'm with sprint now and if it wasn't for sprint having unlimited data i was thinking of verizon as my next jump...Sprint gives unlimited data but the 3G is super slow [i live in Brooklyn, NY] and wimax isn't good everywhere [i could have full 4g bars on one block then walk to the next block and have none, literally]...i'm getting tired of sprint Data quantity over quality...verizon may cost me but their 3G & 4G quality is just superior <_<

It makes perfect sense if you live in an actual city where there are tall buildings, elevated trains, and other structures that block and hinder cell service. Maybe its not a problem if you live in God's land.

I'm not giving up my reasonably price Sprint service for the outrageously priced Verizon service! No way!

30-40 per month and on top of that dont forget!!! Verizon is starting to charge 300 for their new high end phones. Sprint is still 199.

I have 5 phones on my verizon family plan. Bill is about 310 per month, so we each pay $60. All have unlimited data. If $60 is outrageous, what is your Sprint bill? $30 a month?

Actually I Have 5 phones on Sprint with unlimited data and unlimited sms and mms and we pay $200 so that's $40 per line compared to $60 per line. I am not switching for a single phone.

Nor should you. Sprint is great too. My point is, I don't consider an extra $20 a month anywhere in the ballpark of outrageous. That's one dinner out at a modest restaurant. That's 4 beers at a bar. We all throws 20 bucks away here and there all the time without giving it a second thought. As much as I use my phone, I'm not even batting an eye at $20.

Actually, its not $20, it's $100. That's significant for a lot of us; especially since I pay the entire bill. If you split it up 5 ways, that makes sense. But as much as I love my tech, I can put that $100 to better use elsewhere.

No; but I have 4 lines, and with roadside assistance on 2 of them, and I pay just under $200 a month. And that's with 1500 minutes (of which we use maybe 500, since Sprint has unlimited mobile to mobile regardless of the carrier) and unlimited data, text, navigation, etc. So even if I were to add a fifth line at another $30, it would still be around $80 less then you're paying.

It's amazing we're still having this conversation about whether Verizon is more expensive than Sprint. Yes Verizon might have a larger faster more reliable network, but honestly the blind Verizon love is getting old. Sticker shock + denial = powerful combination.

On Sprint you can get the Samsung Galaxy S 2 Epic Touch 4G tablet if you want. It's pretty high end if you ask me and it is available right now. Plus Sprint has the EVO 3D and the Photon, both of which rank right up there in performance compared to anything that is going to be released for a year.

as soon as one hits craigslist for lets say $200 ill buy one. i think we all knew most new phones wouldn't ship with ice cream yet. looks like a darn nice device too.

Yep, battery fail. Now let's double the weight and put an extended battery on a big screen phone just to make it last through a normal day. I wonder why HTC insists on thinking the average phone only needs to be on for 4 hours a day. They just keep puttin' rubberbands in those sports cars.

It's looking much better than I thought it would. Still gotta go with the Nexus though. I'll probably recommend this to friends though.

Interested in seeing how the display actually looks since it is 720p. ICS should also run nice since thats its native reolution

Damn, nobody is ever happy with their selection of phones on their carrier? The 3D is a few months old, the Amaze is weeks old so whats wrong with them?

I'm so pleased right now, I've basically been waiting for a phone evolved from the Incredible, and this seems about as close as we're going to get. My requirements were dual core and LTE. But the fact that they threw in Beats (and headphones! woot!)among other enhancements, just sweetened the deal! Can't wait until the 14th!

Perfect size screen 4.3 with all the great specs including beats audio. This phone has it all. I want it and let's not forget LTE. This phone is not lacking anything, this is IMO the perfect devise. HTC makes great hardware and the specs couldn't be any better. This phone will sell.

Just how many phones is Verizon launching in the next two months? I have lost count!

Good problem to have except that I could see a phone like this getting lost in the Nexus / Droid hoopla.

It's odd how they emphasize sound over the display on one of the first phones with a true HD screen. Seems like a waste.

I just feel bad for the poor Bionic owners who now have a buggy obsolete phone with a crappy display - and its less than a month old.

I will never buy another HTC phone again!!! I don't care what they come out with. Loaded with issues and all are battery hogs!! There phones are pathetic. Never again!!!

Kinda like HTC and Verizon promised to upgrade my original Droid Incredible to Gingerbread 4 months ago, and it still hasn't happened. Just say NO to HTC phones on the premise that you'll get the upgrade to the latest Android version!

Sorry to rain on the parade of everyone who wants this just because of the Beats Audio, but i have had three pairs of the iBeats (pictured above and what i would conclude it is coming with) and they are the worst headphones i have ever had. My first pair only lasted two weeks. Second a month and third a whole week. They are so crappy that the lady i took the third pair back to (worked at best buy) said that she didn't know why they still carried those. she said 1/2 of them were returned in a month. Don't get this phone for the headphones.

I have a set of the tour and wear them while bike riding and they are great these are the step
down but the issues I've seen are because of the plastic remote in the iPod version and these have a different remote

I suspect poor battery life like the previous HTC devices but hopefully not.

Also, buttons are so last week...

But they are red =P

I'm torn between this and a Galaxy Nexus, it's all up to a hands-on comparison now. ICS does look nice and a pure Google phone with phenomenal Dev support is on my must get list. I'm not really sure what i like the most of the rezound. 720p is nice but the nexus has SUPER AMOLED....

Great JOB by HTC they definately know how to bring the THUNDER. Regardless of what shows up on verizon there HTC lineup will never compare to sprints everyone knows HTC gives the best to sprint when it comes to there devices. The EVO 3D, EPIC TOUCH 4G, PHOTON 4G, EVO DESIGN 4G pretty much all compares to whatever verizon has. The only true monster on verizon will be the GALAXY NEXUS and yes that will be mines to go along with my EVO 3D. HTC is awaiting May 2012 at CTIA to introduce the quadcore EVO BRAND that will be launched in August 2012. I will keep my beloved EVO 3D till that time but I will be adding verizon and the GALAXY NEXUS to my personal profolio.

Good GOD you're a moron.
1. Last I checked it was Samsung who made the Epic Touch 4G, and Motorola who made the Photon 4G, not HTC. And you call yourself a "Sprint fanboy" and "intelligent"? How do you mix up HTC for Samsung/Motorola? That's not "intelligent", that's downright stupid.
2. I've said this countless times, there is no such word as "profolio". Go back to school to learn your vocabulary/spelling or at least get a better virtual keyboard on your "legendary" Evo 3D.

Your an ASSHOLE no question about it read carefully Pecker head..You shouldn't even be here on these forums you don't own any credible device ....WHY BECAUSE you are BROKE.........Go shit on yourself....

1. How about you "read carefully" Dick? In your initial comment, you were talking exclusively about HTC. You talked about how Sprint's "HTC lineup" beats anything Verizon has. You talked about how "HTC gives the best to Sprint". HTC this, HTC that, yada yada yada. Your typical broken record crap. And then you throw the Photon and Epic Touch into the mix. You see where I'm going with this dumbass? Try to identify the 2 elements in your entire HTC rant that don't belong. I'll give you a hint for each: I've mentioned them before, both in this comment, and in my previous one.
2. Last I checked, this website was open to anyone and everyone, regardless of their economic status or how old their Android phone is. You're an idiot if you think otherwise. Ever heard of the saying "it's a free country"? Might want to brush up on your Government studies.

Don't waste your time on Yarrell, it's like trying to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.

Aside from the fact he's an asshole wherever he goes, til he gets banned.

Oh, he's still an asshole even if he gets banned. Did you know he was banned at least 4 times from Phandroid? He used different usernames to keep coming back, but he never understood WHY he was kicked off each time. Quite pitiful actually.

If it does in fact come with iBeats earbuds it is an embarrassment and an utter fail. Can anyone see HTC being so stupid as to allow i anything being tied into their device?

I'm glad I owned a Thunderbolt. If I had not, I may have wanted this phone. It looks great, but all the upgrade issues and bugs with the Thunderbolt have made it so I will not even consider buying another HTC product. Just seeing a 1600 something mAh battery says it all. Crappy battery life, just like the underpowered Thunderbolt battery.

sprint's line up has many devices nothing to be a shame of the photon is one of sprints best devices. @sqiddy20 is just one of the poorest TROLLS on the internet he is everywhere poor guys needs to get a serious life guess that's hard to do being broke all the time...

And as usual, you've failed to address the comment at hand and instead have gone around the question by making up your own crap and making extremely childish/immature insults. Get a life Dick.

1280x720 @ 4.3" screen => 341.54 PPI/DPI

Does that make it a Retina+ display or is that name trademarked? ;)

Great specs anyway! The best specs for any phone currently...

why is everyone so excited about this these are tmobile galaxy s2 specs minus the 720p display and beats audio