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So here's our first look the HTC Rezound -- aka the HTC Vigor -- on Verizon, which we're fully expecting to see officially unveiled Thursday in New York. (We'll be there, by the way.) JohnBoy shows us what we pretty much expected -- it's an HTC device with a fairly cool looking battery cover, Android 2.3.4, Sense 3.5, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0.

The differentiator here, of course, is that it's a Beats Audio device, so you'll be able to rock out on that sweet ELO or whatever it is the kids are listening to these days.

Source: Droid Forums; via HTC Rezound forums

There are 51 comments

d-backs1#AC says:

It comes with a car charge because you will need that with htc's track record of battery life.

Lemonheater says:

Hey I still listen to ELO.

PvilleComp says:

+1 ELO was good, and let's not forget the Traveling Willburies!

orlanka says:

Who the F is ELO? Is it some alternative to emo?

reggie18 says:

Seriously? Never heard of Electric Light Orchestra?

k6H2U3uhuF7c says:

Thats the thing that Disney did at night with the lit up cars for the children right?

Nope... not exactly my genre

orlanka says:

Not a fan of classical music.

El Jefe says:

Haha! Awesome post.

Paradocks says:

OMG, I feel so old. ELO had some of THE best album artwork on their records. Never mind, you probably don't know what a vinyl record is either.

Damn it, we're old........BTW, who's that Justin Beaver guy?

reggie18 says:

Hell, I'm only 20. I was just raised on good music and listen to it still

orlanka says:

You were raised on Justin Beiber? I may have to call protective services.

dswatson83 says:

Please, no more plastic bezels


sirillium says:

I wish this site would not make any reference to Beats Audio without reminding people it's just a marketing scam. Please don't propagate this BS.

cguella says:

Is it just fancy headphones and "B" logo included or is there actually a hardware change that would make the audio quality better?

El Jefe says:

It's a gimmick. Just like Monster component/HDMI cables.

People who think any Beats Audio product produces the best sound, doesn't know what good audio is.

I'm running the Runny on ny og EVO and the Beats along with DSP MANAGER sounds fantastic! Using non-beats headphones.

Chriscgb6 says:

Why hasn't there been any talk about this supposed 720p display? At 4.3" it would be the highest ppi of any handset out there wouldn't it?

angermeans says:

This is what I have been thinking. I really have been dying for a screen that competes (and I mean actually competes as this qHD crap doesn't in my eyes especially Moto's brand of qHD) with the iPhone 4 and 4s. It has been over 16 months and finally manufacturers are making a screen that compares or beats the iPhone. I really am thinking hard about this device and will be watching for a couple things when it launches.
1. If it will have an unlockable bootloader ala EVO 3D and Sensation.
2. How fast we will see some actual Ice Cream Sandwich Ports
3. The Developer support. If Das BAMF team is on this device I will def pick it up.
4. Most Important the launch date of the Gal Nexus cause if it is pushed back to December or so I might have to make a move. Or maybe I'll just pick em both up. Its nice to be on Verizon and its great 4G LTE network.

I really think that besides the software this device beats the Gal Nexus hands down. It has the better processor, will have better pixel density, is not made by Samsung, and is made by HTC. The only thing that bothers me is I really want those software buttons on the Gal Nexus and getting one of the last devices without em is going to suck especially since IK told myself I will never grab another "last of the old gen" device like I did with the Thunderbolt.

k6H2U3uhuF7c says:

So this 4G LTE card. Can you put a GSM card in there to make it a world phone?


StuRoid says:

It's great and all having a video of this device, I just wish people would learn how to film things correctly. Nothing more annoying than someone filming in portrait thinking they are getting more in the shot.

jbhenry says:

Yes. And FFS, buy a cheap tripod.

I love htc always have and that will always be but another gingerbread device android does not need right now. Being a former evo 4g owner and current Evo 3d owner until all manufacturers can fiqure out what there upgrade path will be and exactly when those updates will make it to consumers devices they need to stop producing gingerbread handset rather it be 2.3.3 or 2.3.4 or 2.3.5 enough is enough. The focus needs to be on ice cream Sandwich and getting those related updates out to the devices they have decided will recieve the update. I will forever support android no other platform exist that is better but now the platform should focus more on less devices being brought to market and better updates to the handsets that have made it to market.

Paradocks says:

Sounds a little like sour grapes to me. The EVO3D is about to be replaced by a new HTC superphone and you're not too happy about that, correct?

I say the more choices the better.

dblaneyfan says:

Manufacturers aren't making money off of updates.

briankurtz79 says:

No they don't. They make money from repeat customers. Happy people are up to date people.

jpbass7 says:

"sweet ELO" made me smile

BigBoz says:

Love the phone but dislike the red. Only if they offered more colors other then red which I'm guessing has something to do with Beats by Dre. Hopefully some kind of audio upgrade was done since they promoting that hardcore.

Not sure if the Verizon version will come with a car charger? LOL My Magic 8-Ball says " No F'n Way ". Apparently these phone testers haven't actually BOUGHT phones in quite awhile.

Synycalwon says:

Looks like an upgraded Thunderbolt sans a kickstand (bummer). IMO, the back of the phone is ugly. BTW, is that a Thunderbolt reflected in the screen and used to record this video? :)

bjn714 says:

It looks like what should have been the Incredible 2. It looks like what you would get if you had let the Incredible 2 finish baking all the way. See the red comes out and the screen gets bigger.

Cubfan says:

Was he awake when he filmed this? I know I wasn't after about half-way through.

Daniel0418 says:

I think the hardware is just stunning. All the way from the look to the processor to a 720P SLCD screen. (It is SLCD right?). However, I think Sense is getting super long in the tooth. It needs to be redesigned. It still looks like Sense on the HTC Hero back in 2009. I really wish they would update this and make it either look as nice or nicer than Stock Android 4.0 or Touchwiz 4.0 or just change it alot to make it look better.

bjn714 says:

Don't bring me down!!

kenyee says:

aggggghhhh....they guy couldn't play a video or game or bring up a web page so we can check out the 720p display???? :-P

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cmryan04 says:

So did anybody notice that this device didn't have the red soft touch keys or the red speaker up top? How pre-production is this thing?

radgatt says:

This guy films this video with his thunderbolt...the thunderbolt must be jealous

bold1193 says:

Why has there been no talk about it's supposed 720p resolution, is that going to be better then the nexus pentile 720p?

Wiggy0211 says:

The back of the phone is hideous. Red rubber look is not doing it for me. Razr and Nexus have wow factor that this phone is definitely missing.

nickf126 says:

Few things, first, don't take downers before you shoot a video. Second, it would have been nice to see a bit more of the screen, but I understand that it is a unboxing video. Third, this phone, while very nice, is just more of the same from htc. Not very innovative IMO.

nickf126 says:

Few things, first, don't take downers before you shoot a video. Second, it would have been nice to see a bit more of the screen, but I understand that it is a unboxing video. Third, this phone, while very nice, is just more of the same from htc. Not very innovative IMO.

zacisblack says:

What's the PPI on this? Higher than the iPhone 4/4S?

JFRANEY01 says:

called a tripod bro, look into it.

mally_mal says:

Do anybody know how to root a thunderbolt with sense 3.0 or s,5 plzz without me getting all my info swiped?? answer please!

Yakuzahi says:

It's sad that people who are using an iPhone to shoot a review still don't know (or forget to disable the screen lock) how to hold it.

angel35 says:

All i know is when is the rezound coming outis it 11/3/11 or later???or 11/14/11

angel35 says:

Its all coming out on this date 11/14/11. The Rezound will be there for you on that date. Just a little longer.