The HTC Rezound will be the first phone with Beats Audio to hit the U.S. on 14th November, 2011 and will be sold by Verizon Wireless for US$ 299.99, including a Beats branded headset, on two years contract. For the Indian HTC fanboy’s the launch of HTC Rezound hasn’t been confirmed yet.
HTC Rezound will have the following technical specification:
- 4.3″ inch touchscreen,
- 1.5 Ghz dual-core processor,
- 8 megapixel rear camera
- Capable of shooting High definition 1080p video,
- Dual LED flash on the back,
- 2 megapixel front camera,
- 32 GB of storage (16 GB built in and 16 GB on an included micro SD card).
HTC Rezound will be sold with Google’s Android Gingerbread 2.3 operating system with HTC Sense user interface, but will be upgraded to the new Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 early next year.
HTC invested in Beats Electronics earlier this year and aims to help its smartphone lineup stand out from rival Android smartphone makers such as Motorola, Samsung and Sony by offering superior audio features.
This handset is similar to its European counterpart, the HTC Sensation XE (which is also a Beats Audio device), and is one step up from the HTC Sensation that was launched earlier this year. HTC already sells phones in Europe and Asia that use technology from Beats Electronics, which was founded by Dr. Dre, a U.S. rapper and music producer, and Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine.
The launch comes at a time when HTC is losing market share, analysts said. The company has risen in a few years from an obscure manufacturer of other companies’ phones to become the No. 5 smartphone brand.
But earlier this week, HTC warned that revenue in the fourth quarter, normally a bumper sales season, 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.