HTC's Rezound Android Smartphone Heads To Verizon With LTE, Beats Audio - HotHardware
HTC's Rezound Android Smartphone Heads To Verizon With LTE, Beats Audio

HTC's Rezound Android Smartphone Heads To Verizon With LTE, Beats Audio

It was once known as the Vigor, but evidently code names just aren't cool enough for carriers. And that's why we're stuck with a name like Rezound. Rezound? Really? Alrighty then. HTC and Verizon Wireless launched yet another Android phone into the universe today, though it stands out somewhat by being the first smartphone in the U.S. to feature Beats Audio. The Sensation XL already did as much overseas, and now it's time for Americans to indulge as well.

HTC's coming off a blistering quarter, and they're starting this one off with a 4.3" 720p HD superphone, complete with Beats Audio integration, Verizon's LTE 4G support, and a ship date of November 14th. HTC Watch is also included, enabling users to rent or purchase videos and enjoy that on up to five different 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. There's also a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, so speed shouldn't be an issue.


Other specs include an 8MP camera (featuring autofocus, dual LED flash, a f/2.2 and 28mm wide-angle lens with BSI sensor), a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 1080p video mode, DLNA support, a customizable active lockscreen, and HTC Sense. There's also a mobile hotspot feature, Android 2.3, an impending upgrade to Android 4.0 (early 2012), 16GB of onboard memory, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 16GB microSD card, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS / AGPS, a 1620mAh battery and support for wireless charging.

It'll sell for $299.99 on a 2-year contract starting on the 14th.

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, NY —

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 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, 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 be 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.
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Damn they packed a ton of features into that puppy! Might have to think about getting one of these.

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CDeeter:

Damn they packed a ton of features into that puppy! Might have to think about getting one of these.

"I agree CDeeter, very impressive, very packed, makes me want to buy one right now. Now, the name Rezound, hahaha, sounds more fitting for a car name than a phone, but quite unique nonetheless." 

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I'm a huge fan of this phone also, lots of cool features. Two question for anyone who might know. I'm comparing this to the razr. Is the snapdraon or omap better? I was reading omap is more efficient and has better graphics. Also is sense 3.5 or moto blur better? I haven't used either.

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not sure about the processors but Sense UI is far better than moto blur

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If you like the Ice Cream Sandwich wallpapers I found a site that has them. It's formatted for mobile so they are easy to install. It's a pretty cool site, it has a ton of other free wallpapers as well. www.freedroidwallpaper.com

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Well its finally here for the us, but on Verizon :(. Pretty nice, it includes a microsd and the head set :), unlike some phones :P

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Pretty nifty. HTC makes awesome hand sets.

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