The HTC Rezound 4G Android handset running exclusively on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE wireless broadband network debuted at a retail price of $299, and recently received a substantial price drop to $149 at select Verizon authorized retailers with a standard two-year activation and data plan. That handset is the first smartphone in the US to deliver Dr. Dre’s Beats audio software application, a technology that HTC spent $300 million on in 2011 obtaining a controlling interest in. The HTC Rezound also comes with a free set of specially engineered Beats ear buds which were designed to work specifically with the Beats by Dr. Dre audio software.
Buy the HTC Rezound starting at $149.99.
Those Beats ear buds retail for $99 when purchased separately, and contain an in-line microphone which allows for hands-free calls to be placed and received. The black and red ear buds also have an in-cable remote control which allows for operating the Beats audio application without having to handle the handset. Arriving a little heavier than the average 4G smartphone at 6.00 ounces (170 g), the handset is average in dimensions, measuring 5.08 x 2.58 x 0.54 inches (129 x 65.5 x 13.65 mm) in size.
Slated to receive a free over the air upgrade to the Android 4.0 That you operating system in Q1 2012, the HTC Rezound 4G handset delivers the Gingerbread OS out-of-the-box. The display is average in size for a 4G smartphone these days, at 4.30 inches, and resolution stands at 720 x 1,280 pixels. That capacitive, multitouch S-LCD screen offers auto brightness adjustments and auto shut off thanks to built-in light and proximity sensors. The 1620 mAh battery provides 6.73 hours of consecutive talk time and 11 days standby from a single battery charge.
Powering the HTC Rezound is a Qualcomm APQ8060 Snapdragon chip set, which consists of a dual core 1.2 GHz Scorpion central processing unit and graphics dedicated Adreno 220 chip. HTC has included 16 GB of built-in storage and 1.0 GB of RAM system memory, and a microSD slot is on board for storage expansion. The rear mounted 8.0 megapixel camcorder provides video capture at 1080P HD resolution, and a front facing 2.0 megapixel chat cam is on board as well. A proprietary YouTube video player has been pre-installed, and the on board music player supports all major file formats, and can filter selections by artist, song title or play list. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi offer wireless connectivity options, and video out is processed through wireless DLNA access. Buy the HTC Rezound starting at $149.99.