Monday, November 28, 2011

HTC Rezound coming to Verizon Wireless to challenge Galaxy Nexus

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Summary: HTC held an event in New York this afternoon to announce the next generation of their Incredible look-alike black slab Android phone, the HTC Rezound.

I am not sure if HTC releasing a new phone every week or two is a good thing as even I am getting confused by all the different models, and I follow phone news. Today, HTC announced the HTC Rezound for Verizon Wireless that looks to be a 3rd generation HTC Incredible with impressive specs and that unique back cover. It also looks to be a competitor to the Galaxy Nexus, but launches with Gingerbread and not Ice Cream Sandwich.

The HTC Rezound has a 4.3 inch 1280×720 pixels resolution display, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8 megapixel camera, LTE radio, and Beats audio support. It’s interesting that Verizon is also likely getting the Galaxy Nexus first here in the U.S. and I know if I had a choice the Galaxy Nexus would be the clear winner with ICS and likelihood of faster Android updates. Plus, it is hard to beat Samsung’s Super AMOLED displays. We also don’t have all the detailed specs on the Rezound, such as NFC support.

From the press release we see the following:

Today HTC announced the first and only phone in the U.S. with integrated Beats Audio™, the HTC Rezound. The HTC Rezound is a multimedia powerhouse with unparalleled audio and entertainment capabilities which allows customers to experience 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 that delivers thundering bass, soaring midrange and crisp highs with stunning clarity and incredible stereo sound. Unique to HTC, the HTC Rezound also includes a pair of new lightweight Beats™ headphones, created exclusively to integrate with the Beats’ Audio™ profile on the phone. One of the first smartphones from HTC to feature a true HD display, the HTC Rezound is perfect for enjoying high-quality entertainment on-the-go with a 4.3 inch LCD screen. The HTC Rezound also integrates HTC Watch, which puts an entire library of the latest premium movies and TV shows right at your fingertips. In addition, the HTC Rezound boasts an 8-megapixel camera featuring autofocus and dual LED flash with enhanced camera features, such as panoramic mode and action burst, to ensure you capture every moment – in the moment – this holiday season.

Featuring the latest version of HTC Sense™, the HTC Rezound allows customers to create a personal and intuitive user experience that matches their preferences and lifestyle. Equipped with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and access to Verizon Wireless’ lightning-fast 4G LTE network, the HTC Rezound enables customers to enjoy their favorite music and entertainment without compromising their speed or experience.

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.

The HTC Rezound seems to have one of the higher end cameras seen recently in a few other HTC devices and also includes the Beats Audio technology. It is rather expensive at $299.99 and there appears to be a trend toward this $300 price point for the higher end devices.

Matthew Miller started using a Pilot 1000 in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since.

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