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Liveblog: HTC Rezound Event

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Nov 3, 2011, 2:26 PM   by Rich Brome
updated Nov 4, 2011, 10:45 PM

We're live in NYC for HTC's event today, for the Rezound, a new 4G LTE phone for Verizon with high-end features and Beats audio. Tune in this hour for our liveblog.

Tune in for our liveblog, starting at about 3:30pm Eastern / 12:30 Pacific.

Nov 3, 2011, 3:13 PM: Show's over! Look for our hands-on report soon.

Nov 3, 2011, 3:13 PM: The Rezound includes Beats headphones with in-line music controls.

Nov 3, 2011, 3:12 PM: Interesting fact: holidays account for 1/3 of what Best Buy does all calendar year.

Nov 3, 2011, 3:11 PM: Best Buy works directly with all of these companies already, of course.

Nov 3, 2011, 3:10 PM: Scott Anderson on stage, head of merchandising for Best Buy Mobile.

Nov 3, 2011, 3:09 PM: Available November 14 for $299.

Nov 3, 2011, 3:08 PM: another spec: 4.3-inch display

Nov 3, 2011, 3:07 PM: Verizon executive on stage.

Nov 3, 2011, 3:03 PM: Rezound camera includes "action burst" and "instant capture", like other new top-end HTC phones. Also, good low-light performance with big lens and good sensor. Video captured at 1080p HD.

Nov 3, 2011, 3:01 PM: True 720p HD display. (Much like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.)

Nov 3, 2011, 3:00 PM: The HTC Rezound will ship with Gingerbread, but "ready" for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. They're committed to delivering that update, "likely early next year."

Nov 3, 2011, 2:59 PM: Specs: 32 GB memory out of the box / 1.5 GHz dual-core processor / 1 GB RAM / 4G LTE / HTC Sense

Nov 3, 2011, 2:58 PM: The design includes translucent red plastic through the middle.

Nov 3, 2011, 2:56 PM: A lot of talk about not only sound quality, but "music delivery".

Nov 3, 2011, 2:55 PM: HTC's Chou (in video) talking about how Beats is a way for HTC to establish "an emotional connection" with the consumer.

Nov 3, 2011, 2:54 PM: Jimmy talking about how important phones are in the future of the music industry.

Nov 3, 2011, 2:53 PM: (Jimmy, if you didn't know is also chairman of Interscope/Geffen, and a major music producer.)

Nov 3, 2011, 2:51 PM: Jimmy making it sounds like Beats initiated the partnership with HTC.

Nov 3, 2011, 2:50 PM: Talking about the sex appeal of good speakers. To paraphrase: Beats: helping guys get laid.

Nov 3, 2011, 2:48 PM: Shout out to Dr. Dre (who's here). Beats was started with Jimmy saying to Dre: "Screw sneakers. Let's do speakers."

Nov 3, 2011, 2:47 PM: (Jimmy explaining the history that led to the Beats / HTC partnership.)

Nov 3, 2011, 2:45 PM: Jimmy Iovine on stage, from Beats.

Nov 3, 2011, 2:45 PM: The red branding of Beats does go pretty well with Verizon branding. Neat.

Nov 3, 2011, 2:43 PM: ...for Verizon, with Beats audio.

Nov 3, 2011, 2:43 PM: HTC Rezound!

Nov 3, 2011, 2:41 PM: This phone will offer the "Best size, best song experience." It's officially for Verizon.

Nov 3, 2011, 2:40 PM: HTC doing great this year. Brand quickly gaining traction. Number 1 in US smartphone sales last quarter.

Nov 3, 2011, 2:36 PM: Peter Chou, HTC CEO, on stage.

Nov 3, 2011, 2:35 PM: Talking heavily about Verizon. This is a Verizon "music" phone.

Nov 3, 2011, 2:34 PM: "a new phone" today. Singular.

Nov 3, 2011, 2:34 PM: HTC's Jason Mackenzie on stage.

Nov 3, 2011, 2:33 PM: Starting!

Nov 3, 2011, 2:33 PM: As you can see, there's a nice big Beats logo on screen. So far, things seem to be lining up nicely for the Rezound rumors to come true.

Nov 3, 2011, 2:25 PM: Verizon reps spotted!

Nov 3, 2011, 2:23 PM: We're seated and ready to go. (For a place called "Arena", it's a tiny venue.)

About the author, Rich Brome:

Editor in Chief Rich became fascinated with cell phones in 1999, creating mobile web sites for phones with tiny black-and-white displays and obsessing over new phone models. Realizing a need for better info about phones, he started Phone Scoop in 2001, and has been helming the site ever since. Rich has spent two decades researching and covering every detail of the phone industry, traveling the world to tour factories, interview CEOs, and get every last spec and photo Phone Scoop readers have come to expect. As an industry veteran, Rich is a respected voice on phone technology of the past, present, and future.


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