Taiwan’s HTC Corp. and American mobile network operator Verizon Wireless on Friday jointly unveiled the first smartphone in the United States to feature Beats Audio technology, which will support the high-speed LTE (long-term evolution) network from Verizon Wireless.
The HTC Rezound, powering a 4.3-inch HD 720p touchscreen and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, will hit store shelves of the biggest U.S. mobile provider on Nov. 14 and will be priced at US$299 (NT$9,015) under a two-year contract, said a company statement via e-mail.
“HTC is dedicated to delivering the latest in sight and sound innovation and we’re excited to be introducing the first U.S. smartphone featuring Beats Audio technology,” said HTC CEO Peter Chou in the statement.
“Paired with Verizon Wireless’ blazing-fast 4G LTE network and a robust multimedia experience, the HTC Rezound enables customers to enjoy their favorite music and entertainment on-the-go like never before,” Chou said.
Jeff Dietel, vice president of marketing for Verizon Wireless, said that 4G LTE speeds take mobile entertainment to a new level, providing customers with advanced functionality in a phone they can count on for everyday use.
The HTC Rezound also includes the special Beats headphones to integrate with the Beats’ audio profile on the device, allowing users to make hands-free calls and control music options with an on-cable remote.