HTC Rezound for Verizon is out - the best smartphone the company has ever made

HTC Rezound for Verizon is out - the best smartphone the company has ever made
HTC just announced another Android winner for Verizon's holiday lineup - it chipped in to an already great roster with the HTC Rezound. Apart from the catchy title, the second LTE phone from the brand seems to be the best smartphone it has ever produced, and its first handset with a 4.3" HD RGB LCD display.

Yes, it seems that the mind-boggling 720x1280 pixels will be becoming the norm for high-end Android handsets, and finally put an end to Apple's long pixel density reign. Who would have thought just two years ago that we will be carrying phones in our pockets now with HD displays and amazing pixel densities like this here ~341ppi?

The HTC Rezound doesn't stop here, though - it is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3, which, while not the most powerful multicore chipset out there, has plenty of stamina to endure anything the current Android apps can throw at it, and is backed up by a 1620mAh battery pack. Qualcomm also supplies best-in-class integration of its silicon with baseband radio chips, like the LTE one in the Rezound for Verizon's top-notch 4G network. The only downside of the handset on paper can be considered its relatively thick 0.54" (13.65mm) frame.

A generous 1GB of RAM trumps the usual 768MB HTC was putting so far in its best handsets, and it also offers 16GB of internal memory plus a 16GB microSD card in the package for a total of 32GB storage. Let's not forget that HTC got in cahoots with Dropbox for Sense UI users, to provide them with 5GB of free cloud storage as well. 

The Rezound sports Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but considering Ice Cream Sandwich shipped with the Galaxy Nexus, a 720p display can be considered native resolution for Android ICS, and thus the Rezound should receive the update as soon as HTC figures out how best to integrate the Sense UI with the newest Android version - the press release states early 2012 for the ICS update.

It is also the first HTC handset in the US with Beats Audio, which does make a difference with the rebranded iBeats earbuds, and the specialized Beats by Dre sound profile, as we are currently testing on an HTC Sensation XE in the office.

And now we come to one of the hush-hush hardware surprises about the HTC Rezound - its new 8MP camera module with f/2.2 aperture and 28mm wide lens, which is capable of applying live effects directly to the 1080p videos, like slow motion, for example. The camera sports a backlit BSI sensor for improved low-light capabilities, which we can't wait to put through its paces. We also have a 2MP front cam for video chat.

Verizon will start selling the HTC Rezound November 14 for the usual high-end LTE price of $299.99 with a two-year contract.


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Rezound
  • Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1620 mAh(6.73h talk time)

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64 Comments

1. zake892

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

FIRST!!!!!!!!! A MUST BUY

46. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

i wish it looked like the vivid… that phone looks so much nicer...

2. jbishop8135

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 19, 2011

When will it be release?

17. Allday28

Posts: 335; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

NOV, 14TH..

3. AdamW33

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 25, 2011

Im willing to wait a few months for ICS in order to get the best specs...

5. AdamW33

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 25, 2011

Also Im willing to forgive the small battery 1) because there is an extended battery 2) its removable so I can buy a second one and have it charging at home

31. bokajay

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

how big will it be then with an extended battery and cover. 17mm?

6. Thomas5.3

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 30, 2011

Bye bye

7. tuminatr

Posts: 1121; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

now this is the droid I have been looking for!!

8. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

holy mother of god are you kidding me? once htc launches ics on capable devices, everything else will eat dust.. effin galaxy nexus and razr will be blown out of water.. lets go htc..

9. ap1989

Posts: 145; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

Can't decide now from Motorola Droid Razr, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and now HTC Rezound

18. Allday28

Posts: 335; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

My problem also..

36. bruintech42

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

haha same, i believe most Verizon customers are having this same problem that are looking into buying a new phone. Although I am sorta leaning towards the Galaxy Nexus, as it is stock Android ics

40. Skidro13

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 27, 2010

motorola is weak and the stats on the nexus are sub par to this.

61. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 2011

What? No SD card slot.....no Samsung Galaxy Nexus for me. What? Another Motorola phone with a locked boot loader.....no Motorola Droid Razor for me.....What? HTC Rezound will have a unlocked boot loader and a SD card slot....HTC Rezound is for me.

54. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

"Only" qHD screen takes the Razr out of the running. I know Moto has many vehement defenders here, but HD SAMOLED and HD S-LCD will be the two best displays out there. No contest for me.

10. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

20. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Islaves will consciously ignore that dpi statement because apple have taught them only iphone has best dpi

23. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Nobody cared about dpi until the iphone came out... I still don't. I don't understand what the big deal is about 720p on a 4.3 inch screen is. All it does for android is make things smaller like on my old atrix.

55. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Actually, I'm a 14month iPhone 4 owner, and that pixel density on a 4.3" screen is pretty amazing!! I'm excited to see this screen in person!

56. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Kudos to you for keeping your options open! I do see the Rezound as a more "mainstream" offering, combining the screen quality, camera quality (hopefully, pending reviews) and audio focus people enjoy about the iPhone, but in a grown up Android screen size. It's not a power-user phone, more a multimedia powerhouse.

57. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Thanks for the Kudos! I agree with you except I think your "not a power-user phone" comment needs clarification. For example, what will the Galaxy Nexus offer over the Rezound? A more vibrant/saturated display with less pixel density? NFC? Exynos? Maybe you were referring to the smallish sounding 1650mAH battery included. If so, I'll agree with that. With LTE, a large screen with high pixel density, and HTC's history of battery life, I'm expecting to have to charge this guy quite often.

58. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Really the processor and highly optimized Sense interface more than anything. If you listen to remix and Thu--er, Kurogiii the S3 makes this phone a knuckle-dragging battery-sucking lag beast. I view the Nexus as more of a power-user phone where the emphasis is on the software experience, not music, video and photos. Of course its screen is going to be gorgeous too and it may well have great camera quality. Some people here are so caught up in benchmark envy they'll have you believe anything less than an Exynos is a piece of crap. That's what I mean by power user.

11. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Impressive indeed.

12. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

LG LTE has a 4.5" RGB IPS LCD.... but good for HTC

13. trin

Posts: 88; Member since: May 11, 2010

I don't normally use this term to describe electronics but this is one sexy phone.

14. Trainer

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Correction.. The Galaxy Nexus does 1080p at 60fps. I don't have the link, but there was a popular video on Google+ posted by a professional photographer showing how great the video on the new Nexus is. The video was time lapse shot at a beach.

16. Trainer

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

21. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

awesome to think the galaxy nexus shot it

60. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Gotta admit...awesome video!! I just want to see a more realistic vid from this phone. Normal peeps operating this phone as a video camera aren't going to be using a professional dolly/tripod system......they're going to be walking around and whip out their phone when the moment strikes them.

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