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We've been hearing information about the HTC Rezound (codenamed Vigor) for quite a while now, and HTC just officially took the wraps off of this beasty. Like most other new HTC devices, it's packed with Beats by Dre, and, similar to the Sensation XE, has those wicked red capacitive buttons. It's quite impressive in terms of hardware spec:

  • 4.3-Inch 720p (1282*720) display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB built-in storage, 16GB microSD card
  • 8P camera, 2MP front cam
  • Beats by Dre
  • 4G LTE with simultaneous voice/data capabilities (like the Thunderbolt)
  • Android 2.3.5 with Sense 3.5

Bummed it doesn't have ICS? No worries, HTC CEO Peter Chou confirmed that the Rezound is "ICS-ready" and will receive an update as soon as possible.

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Like other Beats devices, the Rezound comes with a set of Beats earbuds, as well as an audio profile to enhance the overall quality of your tunes. Of course, if you're not into the whole Beats scene, this profile can be disabled so you rock in the usual manner.

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The Rezound is also packing HTC's newest camera technology with an IPS f/2.2 lens and low-light sensors, and also includes action burst, instant capture, and panorama modes, as well as slow motion capture and advanced photo editing. Chou is so proud of the camera, he said "the HTC Rezound could be the best camera someone can own." While I find that hard to believe, I see how it could be the best camera on a phone.

The Rezound will be available on November 14th  from Best Buy/Best Buy Mobile and Verizon Wireless for $299.99 with a two-year agreement.

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 City – 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.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • MikeyH

    any idea if this is the same screen in the Galaxy Nexus?

    • Ravrahn

      It's .35 inches smaller, and it's probably not SAMOLED. Definitely not the same screen.

      • Nocturnhabeo

        gorilla glass or lotus (what ever the next gen is called) glass.

    • VoleurFr

      The galaxy nexus is a 4.65 and the rezound 4.3 so galaxy nexus best xD

    • Gordz

      Of course it won't. Samsung aren't going to be giving away their curved sAMOLED screens just yet ;P

    • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

      This is reported to be an Super LCD display. At 4.3" that pixel density is 341ppi vs the Nexus at 315ppi. The Nexus is SAMOLED, but this is crystal clear LCD. Let's see how the battery drain is... HTC has been getting bad at that lately. Otherwise, this looks like a sweet phone with the better cam and ICS coming...

      • MikeyH

        Cheers for the info, the Sammy screen is pentile and I'm guessing the LCD won't be, also smaller screen, higher rez is much better. I like to be able to get a phone in my pocket comfortably.

  • Fabulas

    I'm loving the f/2.2 28mm camera!

  • jacob

    This doesn't have the samoled but it isn't a pentile matrix so it will look sharper maybe not as vibrant but I can't stand pebtile to each their own ..

    • Jachym

      I guess pentile at 341.94 PPI wouldn't be a problem. iPhone has 329.65 and you can't see the pixels themselves. Subpixels are even smaller. I think it would be smart to go with pentile. With the RGBW subpixel layout (increases luminance dramatically), the readability in sun would be amazing I think...

      • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

        While the RGBW layout does increase usability in the sun and also reduces power consumption when displaying whites, that is the technology Motoroloa has been using in their qHD displays that everyone hates so much (save the RAZR which is SAMOLED). The Nexus uses Samsung's SAMOLED which is a RGBG pixel layout which is not nearly as readable in the sun, but it has power saving advantages since the pixels are individually lit only when displaying anything other than black instead of Super LCD like the Rezound which lights up the entire panel and uses the pixels to block light.

        That said, at these densities, it is going to be very difficult to pinpoint individual pixels on either display.

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

    Sigh ... HTC cares to put it "Beats by Dre", but still refuses to incorporate NFC. No objection to the folks who are into higher quality audio, but let's get real. These days, we are all listening to lossy compressed audio, does a Beat earbuds really make much difference.

    • alex

      the t-mobile htc amaze has NFC built in, so HTC is aware of it at least. they likely had to cut it out due to price. adding LTE and the beats stuff gets expensive i bet

  • daliso

    I totally agree.. It's just a stupid marketing scheme. My skullcandy headphones are just as good as the beats by dre headphones. I wish they could come up with something better to make us want the phone more.

    • Brian

      Exactly! My skullcandy earbuds sound awesome! Clear and great depth to the sound.

      I'm disappointed in the battery they chose! This phone is thick and yet still has a battery that will last maybe 5 hours off the charger if you actually use the device. They should of figured out how to get a bigger battery into this phone.

      Plus ICS "ready" what a joke! The TBolt was GB "ready" and it took them like 7 months to get it out and get it out right. Another note is ICS on an HTC phone will be mucked by Sense and it will look the exact same as it already does but with a few more features. No thanks. Give me the Nexus please!!!

    • WiR3D

      Daliso if those specific beats are the same as skullcandies, then they are shit because skullcandies are giant pieces of shit, don't believe me? Pick up some Xears IEMs or Denon Headphones and then tell me what "good" is, because my dump has better audio quality then skullcandies, and even though I think Beats are overpriced, they do produce some decent stuff (although I can't speak for these particular ones), unlike skull candies crap (even the rock nation aviators are only OK)

      And by the way these days its called Flac files and winamp, screw lossy audio when you have 16gb

      • MT

        Easy now, we don't wanna get into this debate. I agree though. If beats cut their price by at least half, then they'd be considered good. They're just overpriced. I only use over ear beats though, I have no idea how their in-ears do. And if we're talking about sound quality, then the only in-ears that'll truly produce anything good sound-wise are the Klipsch S4s and the .... Xear IEMs

        Skullcandy (what I used to use) sound quality isn't as good, but the reason why I used them was because of their lifetime warranty. That and you could get a "high end" pair for about $30 on Amazon with it still being covered by the warranty.

        I digress. I'm not a big fan of the design (I prefer the sensation and even the amaze) and good for them getting a 720p non pentile screen in a smaller size, but wish it wasn't LCD. I miss the pure blacks of SAMOLED. They're just too stunning.

        • Miann

          Presonally my W3's sound way better for in ear

  • http://electrojelly.wordpress.com Emmanuel

    It's and RGB S-LCD screen. But the pixel density on a 4.3 inch screen is a lot higher than on a 4.7 inch screen. I would totally buy it if Verizon wasn't such a joke of a carrier.

    • Lorenzo in a Benzo

      Yeah, cause having the biggest 3g and 4g networks is a joke, so is having the fastest..

      • http://electrojelly.wordpress.com Emmanuel

        The pricing. I would rather buy the same thing on T-Mobile and pay less. Verizon's contracts are starting at $70/mo. $39 for talk alone. They must be kidding.

        And let's face it, 90% of Americans will never make use of searching YouTube in the middle of a desert.

        • Nocturnhabeo

          you sir have never been to DEFCON.
          USE ALL THE INTERNETS... very cautiously

      • alex

        t-mobile still has the largest 4G network, thought verizon will soon top them. notice verizon claims to have the largest 4g LTE network, and does not challenge t-mobile's claim to the largest 4G network?

        • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

          Still don't consider T-Mobile real 4G. It is still 3G that got a speed boost. Just like when EDGE went from like 50-100kbps to 5-1000kbps with an upgrade. That did not make EDGE 3G, so it really shouldn't make HSPA 4G. Just faster 3G. They should not be allowed to call them 4G. They just got a free marketing boost because a commission decided they could call their 3G tech 4G.

        • Nocturnhabeo

          All though I agree we can't call HSPA 4G if you want to go by true ITU-R standards LTE isn't 4G either. It is just a precursor.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

      Yeah the pixel density on the Rezound would be 341ppi where the Nexus is 315ppi. Plus being Super LCD it will be amazingly sharp. Could be a bit rough on the battery though compared to SAMOLED.

      Still making me have a tough choice on which new killer phone to get in a few weeks.

  • Devin

    1,650 mAh battery?????????
    Yeah right that must be a misprint. 4g will drain that in, what, 30 seconds?

    • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

      And the screen is Super LCD so unless they worked some miracles, battery life may be an issue. I think it will be an issue with the RAZR and Nexus as well though. Extended batteries for all, I say!

    • Mike Brooks

      i think my thunderbolt battery is a 1400 mAh and it last me between 8 to 14 hours. and i am NEVER in an area that isnt 4G. live in tampa florida and can drive 100 mi in any direction and still be in 4G. 1650mAh could be better, but it's alot better than 1400mAh.\

      • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

        There is also the difference of single vs dual core both on the same 45nm process. They have to figure out some neat power saving tricks. The second core will help reduce cpu load at times, but won't help significantly in the end.

  • Ribbys

    The 'Beats' Profile sounds like an EQ preset.

    As a former DJ and digital audio junkie, this makes me sick.

  • Anubis

    hope this hits Europe at some point, looking to replace my Desire HD and this thing just looks awesome.

  • RockingmyEvo3D

    I like this device HTC has definately stepped there game up in most ways. But the small battery is a TURN OFF espically with the network LTE on verizon this won't last to long. I will say nothing will beat the Galaxy Nexus on verizon for at least another 6months...

  • http://About.me/DarknesSx DarknesSx

    Ok, WHAT THE HELL?!

    Isn't ANYONE pissed off for the fact that HTC still uses Cortex A8 (technically, Cortex A8-like) processors?!
    They suck in everything, performance, battery, graphics...

    Can't they use Something built on Cortex A9 or at least use Qualcomm's S4 chipsets which are the equivalent of A9?!

    • Mike

      I don't mind those processors as much since this will be only the SECOND phone to be able to do SVDO like the Thunderbolt on Verizon's 3G network...

      That is HUGE and many people don;t realize this fact.

      • joe

        Totally agree. I live in 3g only and I would hate to lose that feature. That alone has swayed my decision for this phone.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju5WMnB4qwg&feature=share Scott Davis

    f/2.2 28mm camera! mmmmm... Now I can make better videos!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju5WMnB4qwg&feature=share

  • Chris

    Looks pretty similar to the Amaze (minus the beats, of course)...