HTC and Verizon officially announce the Rezound, First smartphone in the U.S. to feature Beats Audio

We have been reporting on the Rezound (aka Vigor) for about 3 months now, and today in New York City, Verizon and HTC made it official. The Rezound will be the first smartphone in the U.S. with Beats Audio integration. As expected. it will have a 4.3-inch 720p display and 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

Beats Audio is onboard, which allows customers to listen to music the way the artist intended. The Beats software has auto tuning that will deliver thundering bass, soaring midrange, and crisp highs. Plus, new lightweight Beats headphones will come with the Rezound.

The rear camera will feature an 8MP sensor, f2.2 lens, and 1080p video recording, which includes slow-motion. Up front they have given the Rezound a 2MP camera.

It will be available starting November 14 for $299.99 at Verizon Wireless and at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores. Take note that this is not the normal Thursday release day for Verizon.

The Rezound looks like a nice device, but what has me concerned is the thickness. It comes in at 13.65mm, which is almost double the thickness of the DROID RAZR. On the plus side, HTC is committing to updating the Rezound to Ice Cream Sandwich by early 2012.

Full specs include:

  • 4.3-inch True HD 720p display
  • Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM8660 1.5 GHz, Qualcomm® MDM9600
  • Internal Memory: 16 GB of on-board memory, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM
  • 8MP rear camera, f2.2 lens, and 1080p video recording, 2MP front facing
  • Memory Card: A 16GB microSD™ pre-installed
  • Mobile Hotspot Capability: Share 4G connection with up to ten Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
  • Operating System: Includes the Android 2.3™ (Gingerbread) OS with the latest HTC Sense — an upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will available in early 2012.
  • Latest version of Sense
  • 4G LTE compatibility
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dimensions: 129 x 65.5 x 13.65 mm

Full press release:

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, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — HTC Corp., 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 Corp. “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. It embraces 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 customers’ 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 1.5GHz 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, and an 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 an 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®.

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, which is 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, such as 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: Includes the Android 2.3™ (Gingerbread) OS with the latest HTC Sense — an upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will available in early 2012.
  • Internal Memory: 16 GB of on-board memory, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM
  • Memory Card: A 16GB 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
  • 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 1.5 GHz, Qualcomm® MDM9600
  • Dimensions: 129 x 65.5 x 13.65 mm


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 $30monthly access for 2 GB of data. Customers can visit to sign up for more information.

About HTC

HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest-growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative devices that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit

About Beats Electronics LLC

Established in 2006, Beats Electronics is the brainchild of legendary artist and producer Dr. Dre and Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records Jimmy Iovine, who set out to develop a new type of headphone with the capability to reproduce the full spectrum of sound that musical artists and producers hear in professional recording studios. For more information, please visit

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 107.7 million total wireless connections, including 90.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Mark 7

    Don’t care about the thickness too much. I’m more worried about the battery. I like this phone but a 1620mAh battery kinda sucks when the RAZR and G.Nexus are getting 1700+. Looks like I’ll be buying extras.