HTC and Verizon Wireless today announced the HTC Rezound, the first phone in the United States with Beats Audio integration.
The Rezound will go on sale at Verizon Wireless on November 14 for $299.99.
A result of the recent partnership between HTC and Beats, the HTC Rezound delivers audio and multimedia capabilities highlighted by a 4.3-inch HD 720p display. The smartphone includes the latest HTC Sense experience and access to Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network.
The HTC Rezound enables users to hear music the way the artist intended with audio tuning by Beats that delivers great bass, midrange and crisp highs. Unique to HTC, the HTC Rezound also includes new lightweight Beats headphones, created 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.
The HTC Rezound is the first HTC smartphone to feature a HD 720p display for enjoying high-quality entertainment on the 4.3-inch super LCD screen. 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. Users 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 users 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 also offers a speedy mobile.
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 camera features available through HTC Sense offer new scenes and effects such as panoramic mode or action burst scene.
The HTC Rezound also features a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. With a 1080p camcorder, the HTC Rezound enables users to record with clarity and stereo sound. Users 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).
Powered by HTC Sense, 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 simplifies group and multimedia messaging. People can view recent status updates from social networks in one place using FriendStream, as well as sync their contact list with all email accounts and social networks for smooth integration.
- 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
Earlier in the week, HTC warned revenue in the fourth quarter would fall below third-quarter levels, as it expects phone shipments to fall to a range of 12 million to 13 million from 13.2 million.
HTC said on Monday it was more optimistic about LTE 4G phones to be launched in the first quarter.