New York - HTC will bring its first smartphone equipped with Beats by Dr. Dre audio technology to the U.S. market on Nov. 14, when the $299 4G Rezound goes on sale through Verizon's direct and indirect channels, including Best Buy.
The price will include a pair of Beats stereo earbuds with remote music controls and microphone for hands-free calling.
in Beats by Dr. Dre in August with the intent to improve the audio performance of smartphones.
The Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) phone is upgradable to Google's converged tablet/smartphone OS, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The upgrade will be available early in 2012.
The phone is HTC's second LTE phone for Verizon. With the launch of the Motorola Razr before Thanksgiving and the Nexus sometime later this year, Verizon will offer nine LTE phones before the year is out, a spokeswoman said.
HTC's Jason Mackenzie, global sales and marketing president, described the phone as a multimedia phone for which music is the device's "heart and soul." It was designed to excel at listening to music, watching video, capturing images and videos, and sharing content, he said.
With these uses in mind, the phone incorporates Beats audio DSP to deliver music the way the artist intended, Beats earbuds, HTC's first HD display (720p), 4.3-inch Super LCD touchscreen, and 8-megapixel camera/camcorder with 1080p video capture, f/22 lens for low-light capture, 28mm wide-angle lens, dual-LED flash, slow-motion video playback, "action burst" capture of pictures in rapid sequence, ability to take panaoramic picture, and ability to edit photos and videos on the camera and add special effects.
The phone also access HTC's Watch video-download service in which users can download movies and TV episodes for rent or purchase over Wi0Fo and over Verizon's 4G and 3G networks.
For speedy touchscreen response, speedy multitasking, and improved video performance, the phone is equipped with 1.5GHz dual-core processor. It's one of a handful of phones announced with such capability, including the HTC Amaze for T-Mobile and the Samsung Galaxy S II for T-Mobile and AT&T.
The phone lacks quad-band GSM/EDGE and foreign-banded HSPA+ 4G technology for global roaming.
Other key features include 1 GB RAM, 32GB of memory (16GB embedded, included 16GB microSD card).2-megapixel front-facing camera, embedded stereo speakers, W
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3.0 with stereo, DLNA , HDMI output equipped with MHL (Mobile High Definition Link) to deliver HD video and 5.1 surround to a TV, SRS WOW HD surround-sound enhancements, G-sensor, Light sensor, Compass, Proximity sensor, microUSB, and wireless-charging capability.
The device also features the latest 3.5 version of HTC's Sense user interface, which adds customizable active lockscreen that displays social updates, photos, weather, stock updates and other information as soon as the display is turned on.
The new version also adds a group and multimedia messaging interface.
Other Sense features include ability to display recent status updates from popular social networks and ability to sync contact list with all email accounts and social networks.