At an event in New York, HTC announced its latest addition to its Droid line-up of handsets – the Rezound. From the front, the Rezound looks similar to the Droid Incredible 2, with the typical red accents found in all the recent Beats banded HTC phones. The red accents go deep inside the phone, including a red battery.
The Rezound is the first phone from HTC to come with a 720p HD display. The display measures 4.3-inch diagonally. Inside the Rezound is a 1.5GHz processor from Qualcomm, accompanied by an Adreno 220 GPU. There is also 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board memory and a microSD card slot.
On the connectivity front, the Rezound has Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, 4G LTE, GPS with A-GPS, microUSB v2.0 port and much more. At the back of the phone is the same much-improved 8MP camera with an F2.2 sensor found in other recent HTC handsets. The camera can also record videos in 1080p resolution, and comes with other goodies like Panorama mode, Action Burst and Instant Capture.
Like all other recently released HTC handsets, the Rezound also carriers the Beats Audio logo. HTC needs to realize that just tweaking the software on the phone and bundling quality headphones will not please audiophiles. They must use a quality audio chip as well. Software tweaks can only improve the sound quality of a phone to a limited extent. This also means that the Rezound will ship with a pair of quality Beats branded earphones.
The Rezound will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Sense UI running on top of it, but will get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by early next year. The handset will hit the retail and Best Buy stores on November 14th, for $299 on a two-year contract.