Here in the UK we’ve already seen the announcement of the first two HTC phones with Beats by Dr. Dre branding, the HTC Sensation XE and the Sensation XL. These two smartphone giants are already available too, but it has been a different story in the USA, where they’ve only just seen their first Beats customised handset, the HTC Rezound.
Yes, that is how they’re spelling the name and no, we’re not quite sure why either. The Rezound seems to take several styling cues from the Sensation XE, but adds some very interesting technical specs to the package.
The phone has a 4.3-inch touchscreen with a ‘true HD’ 720p resolution, that’s 720 x 1280, and should provide a beautifully clear and sharp image given the relative (well, in comparison to the Sensation XL) small size of the screen. Inside a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor and 1GB RAM keep things moving, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread is its operating system.
HTC say the’ll be upgrading the phone to the latest Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android early next year, plus of course HTC Sense will be placed over the top. An 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and 1080p video recording sits on the rear of the device, plus there’s also DLNA support, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, 16GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, GPS and HDMI-out. Inside the box, Rezound owners will find a pair of Beats in-ear headphones too.
The Rezound is a Verizon exclusive device in the USA and will connect to their fast 4G LTE network, so we won’t be seeing the same device over here. However, the slimmer and equally powerful Sensation XE or its bigger brother the Sensation XL should make up for its absence!