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Music-centric phone coming in the first half of the year from HTC?

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Music-centric phone coming in the first half of the year from HTC?
A tweet sent out by master leaker evleaks reveals that HTC is working on a music-centric phone that will be released in the first half of 2014. This would be the first such model to be offered by the Taiwan based manufacturer since it launched the the HTC Rezound in November 2011. Back then, the Rezound offered some of the top specs available on an Android phone. The unit was equipped with a 4.3 inch screen, and was the first panel to have a 720 x 1280 resolution. At the time, the handset had an industry leading 341 ppi pixel density, and was powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 with 1GB of RAM on board.

What got everyone excited about the phone was the audio quality of the Rezound, which came equipped with the Beats Audio earbuds and the cool red licorice styled cables. It also was the first handset to include Beats Audio support, which was a fancy equalizer that pumped up the bass on the phone.

Despite plenty of pre-release excitement over the HTC Rezound, the phone never lived up to its promise. Right off the bat, static interference coming on the headphones hurt sales of the device. While the Taiwan based manufacturer called it the best phone it ever made at that point in time, Verizon customers were turned off by the interference issues and other problems with the phone.

If the tweet is right, HTC obviously believes that the time is ripe to launch a music-centric phone again. This time around though, there is no deal with Beats Audio for HTC to capitalize on. And with the M8 expected to command most of the manufacturer's attention right now, it should be very interesting to see what the Taiwan based company has in mind.

Tweet from evleaks outs HTC's plans for a music-centric phone for the first half of this year

Tweet from evleaks outs HTC's plans for a music-centric phone for the first half of this year


source: @evleaks

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posted on 16 Feb 2014, 18:21 5

1. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)


HTC should partner with Dolby instead.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 18:27 2

2. rangaha (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)


as long as it's not beats audio

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 02:56

19. oFreddEo (Posts: 6; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


Not Beats! What happened to Dolby and SRS Enhancement? Thanks for making me not want to buy an htc phone!

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 18:40 2

3. apple4never (Posts: 920; Member since: 08 May 2013)


nah they should partner up with Bose, those guys can make speakers although they cost a pretty penny

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 19:14 2

4. Kishin (Posts: 579; Member since: 30 May 2013)


HTC cannot afford to invest in Bose cause it would cost the same amount as Beats and as a marketing tool HTC used beats but still struggled against samsung and LG.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 19:37 5

5. mr.techdude (Posts: 536; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Who said LG was a huge competitor like apple/Samsung, LG isnt that big but they have the potential to

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 00:48

16. Krjal (Posts: 52; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)


Bose used to be amazing but these days they seem to trade on brand name alone while everyone else has either caught up or surpassed them regarding sound quality.

That being said they could partner with Bose as long as it wasn't as big an investment deal as the last one. HTC could make great sound by themselves but using the Bose name (or someone else's) would make marketing a lot easier.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 01:09

18. dratomic (Posts: 434; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


bose, harman kardon, sony, b&o are all superior to that overrated overhyped teen centric beats audio.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 05:06

21. tiara6918 (Posts: 1322; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I also think they should, even up till now do I praise the sounds on the old nokia n8

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 19:40

6. Nabil2511 (Posts: 147; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)


HTC already shown a good feedback for audio because of the boom sound in the HTC One, try and woo us with some other things besides audio..

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 19:56 1

7. pwnarena (Posts: 825; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


can't understand the need for music-centric phones. almost any phone can play music very excellently. you just have to have the right earphones. if they are planning to do one with loud and bassy speakers, i don't really think an audiophille would like listening to music to a smartphone's spakers.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 21:28

11. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 205; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


I agree. By no means am I an audiophile but I do know that size will always matter. You simply can't get "good" sound from a tiny phone.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 13:05

23. chebner (Posts: 119; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


What? I'll agree with you can't (or at least it's VERY rare) get good sound from tiny speakers and I'll agree with you can't get good sound from crappy earbuds, but why can't you get good sound from a tiny phone? Are you talking from the built in speakers or including headphones in that comment?

Many phones are capable of sounding good sound through headphones. Granted they won't compete with a $500 or $5k headphone preamp, but they can sound pretty damn good.

There are two things that make phones sound like crap through headphones:
1. Crappy earbuds/headphonesas: You don't need huge over-ear headphones that Beats brought back in style, you just need some good quality IN EAR headphones. I emphasize in ear because they block out the background noise around you and provide much better and much smoother frequency response.

2. Crappy compressed music purchased from iTunes and most other online music stores. Bit rates have increased some over the past few years but most are still too compressed.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 23:40 1

14. vincelongman (Posts: 950; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Also audiophilles would still use portable amps anyway

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 20:00

8. datphoneguy (Posts: 136; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


It would be nice if HTC continued to add more music-centric features to its flagship phone instead of another model. This would help - at least a bit - in standing out against the Galaxy S5....

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 20:06 2

9. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 819; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


It would be nice to have a high-quality standalone DAC (Like a Wolfson) and some good optimization software in a phone again. Since so many phones use Qualcomm chips, and by default, the built-in Qualcomm DAC, this could elevate a phone, at least in my opinion. I'm not saying the Qualcomm DAC sucks, but it doesn't wow me like some older phones did with their sound.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 21:27 1

10. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 205; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


I am by no means a "hater" and I have love for both Android and Apple, but whats with all the Beats crap? Can this Beats BS go away.....please?

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 22:44

12. GMS85 (Posts: 155; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


As this point, it don't really matter, let's see the M8 what has to offer first!

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 04:21

20. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Nothing special!

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 23:24

13. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


With it's front-facing speakers, this has been HTC's claim to fame the last year or so. I like the angle. It will give HTC something to smile about if they can get the music-lover niche.

Had totally forgetten about the Rezound. They promoted the living dog crud out of that phone for months. Then, it just seemed to get buried and forgotten. Hope HTC has learned from it's mistakes. They make great looking and feeling handsets.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 23:45

15. skyline88 (Posts: 286; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


seriously? reincarnation of Nokia Xpress Music? Sony Ericsson Walkman? Samsung Beat?

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 00:52

17. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2658; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I think PA forgot HTC sensation XE and XL.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 12:48

22. chebner (Posts: 119; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Maybe HTC will take a lesson from the Steve Jobs playbook and and add an "And one more thing..." announcement to the end of the M8 unveiling? Maybe wishful thinking on my part. If it really has Micro SD support I'm getting the One2/+/whatever the day it comes out. If not maybe I'll wait a little longer.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 13:20

24. chebner (Posts: 119; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Why does everyone hate Beats Audio so much. Other than my EVO 4G LTE I've never owned a real Beats Audio device and I've never sat and done any critical listening to anything Beats Audio, but I don't understand why everyone hates them so much.

Audiophiles around the world should rejoice at the success of Beats Audio. Beats Audio has finally gotten a lot of people (especially younger people) to listen to and realize how crappy the music they're listening to really sounds. If it wasn't for Beats Audio virtually no one between the ages of 10 and 35 would realize how bad the music their listening to really sounds. Because of Beats and the 100 other HipHop brands that it spawned younger people are learning that music can sound a lot better than what they are used to.

Hi Rez audio is finally starting to make a come back and I think Beats Audio played a big role in starting the revolution. Now if we could just figure out a way to get rid of big music execs who keep trying to shove the dreadful cookie cutter Top 40 crap down our throats. Is that too much to ask?

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