HTC Officially Announces the HTC Rezound With Beats Audio, Coming November 14th for $300


HTC’s Peter Chou and company took to the stage in New York City this afternoon to announce one of the best smartphones they’ve offered all year. It’s the HTC Rezound for Verizon, one of the company’s first products with the Beats Audio technology they acquired a while ago.

For specs, we have a 4.3 inch 720p HD display with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage alongside a 16GB microSD card, an 8 megapixel rear 1080p HD camera with flash, a 2 megapixel camera, 4G LTE, a 1630 mAh battery and more. For software you can expect Android 2.3 and HTC Sense.

The camera should impress with its F2.2 lowlight lens, meaning taking pictures without adequate lighting shouldn’t look horribly bad as they do on some of HTC’s older smartphones.

With select purchases you also get Beats’ in-ear headphones. When plugged in, your phone will automatically enable Beats technology and will play sound through their official profile.

All of this can be yours starting November 14th for $300, just a few days after the DROID RAZR is launched and just a few hours before the Galaxy Nexus could potentially be launched. November is a fun month for Verizon customers.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Yes!!! Beats by Dre FTW!!! I’m getting this phone because the Galaxy Nexus doesn’t even have this feature!!!

    1. *facepalm* uhhhh…..your joking right?! This is your reason for passing up the Galaxy Nexus? To each his own I guess, good luck with getting ICS, CNET is reporting they will get it early next year. So, according to my calculations, you will be getting ICS early next fall, maybe HTC’s “October surprise”.  

      1. I would imagine he was joking judging by his over use of exclaimation points and username of guest55555. I’m assuming he’s a Galaxy Nexus fan trolling the Rezound page for laughs. I got a chuckle out of it anyways.

    2. Beats Audio is for suckers. It’s them red soft keys what will open my wallet!

  2. OMFG.
    So beautiful.

  3. Meh…Like I said, HTC can give me the world, but as of now I will be looking at other OEM’s, particularly Samsung. Due to the lack of urgency in getting the Gingerbread update for the Thunderbolt, this has given me a lasting bad taste for HTC. I could frankly care less if they are partnering with Beats, still won’t hook me into purchasing another HTC.

    1. people still say meh… nice.

    2. any oem is going to have delayed updates due to their own modifications (my epic 4g is still on Froyo…).  If you don’t want to wait very long youll have to go nexus.  Ill never buy another phone that isnt a nexus device.  I could care less about sense, touchwiz, blur etc. I just want fast updates.

    3. I completely agree. The thunderbolt is a great piece of hardware. Yet, HTC botched the software end so badly. When rooted and rom-ed it becomes one of the best phones out there. Yet, the stock experience is really terrible.

  4. eh, ill pass

  5. It feels wrong to be this un-interested in this phone since I thought this was what I wanted months ago.

    1. They keep releasing awesome phones to T-Mobile, and then waiting 6-8 months to before letting them out elsewhere.  And that just sucks.  Also, that’s if they release them at all outside of T-mo.  My friend would LOVE to have a QWERTY phone that’s not a buggy Moto phone or a bloated Samsung.

      1. Root is your friends friend?

  6. Man this is gonna be a tough choice between these three bad ass phones!!!

    1. Is it really??  What makes this phone appealing vs the others?

      1. No shutter 8 MP camera, Beats by DRE.. Good camera is a good selling point for me, But im not real big on sense so its gonna be tough choice for me..

        1. Nexus camera most likely > over Rezound camera.

          1. Or at least the Nexus’s camera won’t be crappy like most of Moto’s recent efforts. For allday28 I’d say he’s got a choice between two phones, not three.

  7. what snapdragon are they useing and what gpu? if its better than nexus then this is the phone to get. if not the nexus won with its outdated specs.

    1. Really, you’re gonna let 300Mhz be the deciding factor.  Alrighty then.  This is why Apple doesn’t give detailed specs for the iPhone.  If it works and is smooth, who cares what the clock speed is.

      1. who are you talking to?

        1. you see the reply string, no?

    2. It has 300 more MHz but it’s not a Cortex A9 so it’s not as fast as you could think.
      Also the GPU is still the Adreno 220 which is slower than SGX540 especially

      1. adreno 205 is lightly slower than it.. not the 220

        1. 1GHz TI OMAP 4430 with a 304 MHz SGX540 usually beats phones with a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon and Adreno 220.

          The 384 MHz SGX540 in the Galaxy Nexus is going to be even better.

    3. It doesn’t matter what Snapdragon they’re using.  It’s going to be slower than the OMAP and Xynos at the same clock speed.  So it’ll prolly perform about the same in the benches as the 1.2 GHz 4460 and to add to it the SGX 540 @ 384 MHz will outperform the Adreno 220 in this phone.  Remember: ICS enables GPU/hardware acceleration in the UI, so CPU is less important.  Also, know that the OMAP 4460 in the Nexus is rated at 1.5 GHz, but it’s underclocked stock at 1.2.  So I guarantee there will be OC kernels that push it well above 1.5 GHz.  Not that it needs it, I think it would be retarded to OC phones at this point.  It made sense with my old Droid from 550 MHz to 1.1 GHz, but past that on todays dual-core phones, the performance gains are negligible in real-world usage.

      1. True story. It’s like buying a car that can be easily tuned with a few tweaks if you wanted to. Personally I like the idea of a slightly underclocked/detuned CPU. That means the CPU isn’t working very hard, but will still achieve great benchmarks. It won’t overheat and it’ll be reliable for years. And at 1.2ghz, it’s no slouch either. Perfect.

    4. where in my post did I mention anything about clockspeed of the CPU? and please sgx 540 LOLED hard on that one.. it is comparable to the 205.. not close to the 220 at all.

  8. I’ll pass on this phone.  Beats only works with some music so right now its not all that great.  Unfortunately the video that demoed Beats audio and told of its shortcomings was removed by the poster.

  9. I am sooooo… looking forward to getting this phone. It looks so nice… I hope they post more data on the screen.

  10. 72p HD!

  11. I think its Sense that just makes this phone look so bland. They didn’t happen to say when ICS would be coming to this handset? Probably not. Look for ICS on this when the next version of Android launches.

    1. They did say in the announcement that it will definetly be ready for ics..

      1. Early in 2012. What that means is anybodies guess. Look at the Thunderbolt. Still waiting on Gingerbread.

  12. Verizon Twitter about Rezound: http://twitter.com/#!/VZWnews

  13. Iovine (Beats CEO) hates on Dell speakers when Beats audio is basically just an equalizer and a pair of overpriced headphones?

    My Dell XPS has JBL speakers that blow away any Monster manufactured speakers.

  14. Wait? What’s this launched a few hours before the Nexus comment? Are you referring to the 17th date or what??

  15. Why must HTC always save money by scrimping on the the mAh?  Whatevs.

    1. they could do worse then a 1630mah battery…..

  16. 1.5 ghz dual core and horrible sized battery? Fools!

    1. Come on, man.  That’s their thing.  Their hook. Their aaaaaangle ;)

  17. Yaaay its been announced.  Now maybe Phandroid will update its specs page so that it doesn’t pull up a blank page!

  18. So much awesome in HTC sense, yet with a screen that huge they haven’t given us a way to have more than a 4×4 screen… :(  If I can fit 6×4 comfortably on my HTC Incredible (with ADW or Launcher Pro), then they should think about building that into Sense.

  19. I doubt Beats Audio does much more than PowerAmp for your music.  Barring horrible real world reviews of the GN after it’s release, I’ll be enjoying ICS on Christmas Day!

  20. No NFC, no care.

    1. because NFC solves all smart phone problems including hackers which have shown more than once they can swipe data via NFC.

  21. honestly  im more impressed by this than the nexus
    im really exited to see what htc will load on to sense with ICS
    everything seem great except for the crappy battery but i mean the
    incredible 2 has great battery life so maybe its a little improved?

    hopfully they update ASAP and not with a thunderbolt fiasco either
    god that phone is so messed up and the only reason im  second guessing this phone

  22. Nice hands on video, oh wait that was at engadget

    1. yea but that has been pulled already hasn’t it ;)

  23. This is THE phone to get for me. I’ve been using HTC for years and I simply don’t trust Samsung phone equipment after the instinct. My ex got the galaxy prevail on boost and I had high hopes since they’ve supposedly had solid phones lately. But nope, she had issues the same day and has steadily been getting worse. I would choose the Droid razr over the sgn. Still say, the only thing great stat wise about the sgn is ics. Aside from that… junk hardware.

    1. The only thing great about the RAZR is the thin chassis built with premium materials. Other than that, junk hardware.

      If I’m worried about my Nexus, I’ll throw a case on it and call it a day.

  24. So Verizon gets the Droid Razr, the Galaxy Nexus AND  the HTC Rezound? Yeah, we have the Galaxy S II over at AT&T, but it would be nice to have some choice. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to keep waiting until HTC or Motorola release something top of the line on AT&T. I would go for the Galaxy S II, but after the horrific Galaxy S hardware issues, no updates and support, and the low resolution, I’ll hold off on getting anything Samsung.

    1. AT&T seem to always be behind the curve with Android phones.  Maybe they’re cocky about having the iPhone first or something.  

      1. It’s funny how if u browse the smartphones on AT&T, the iphones are at the top, and the best Android phone they have is at the very bottom. Is apple paying them to do this?

        1. That wouldn’t surprise me, though they’re only hurting themselves.  

  25. Adreno 220 = sgx 543 > sgx 540 > Adreno 205.. the rezound will have a superior GPU over the sgn.

  26. I guess I just don’t understand what is so great about having updates the day they’re released. They’re always more buggy, and I would just rather have a phone that I know when I get up in the morning will actually work, every time. Samsung simply doesn’t make quality devices… I’m very disappointed that they have the “google phone”.

  27. Ruh Roh… The RAZR is looking worse and worse! This is the only thing that would take me from my Nexus.

  28. That’s the glory of it. Get the rezound and f the case. I hate cases on my phones and never had an issue on my Dinc without one.

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