HTC and Verizon Wireless have announced a new Beats Audio-integrated Android 2.3.4-based smartphone, the HTC Rezound. The new Verizon-exclusive droid supports the LTE network and will be HTC's first Beats Audio-improved offering in the U.S. market. It's also the company's first smartphone to incorporate a 1280 x 720 (720p) resolution screen.

The Rezound is quite a highly spec'd smartphone and may be a tough rival for the likes of the Motorola RAZR or Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Utilizing 720p resolution in its Super LCD display results in an impressive pixel density of 342 ppi (pixels per inch). For comparison, Samsung's Galaxy SII has a pixel density of around 218, while the iPhone 4's display is 326 ppi.

The new arrival will be sold with lightweight Beats headphones with built-in microphone and on-cable remote.

The Rezound offers an 8-megapixel camera located at the back equipped with autofocus, dual LED flash and an f/2.2 28mm wide-angle lens. A BSI sensor for improving low light performance is also present. The front facing camera comes with 2-megapixel resolution.

Processing is provided by a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8660 CPU and 1GB of RAM. There's 16GB of built-in memory for user files and an additional 16GB via the bundled micro SD card. Connectivity options include GPS/a-GPS, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, micro USB, or audio jack. The Rezound works in hotspot mode, allowing it to share an internet connection with up to ten devices over WiFi.

Running the latest HTC Sense 3.5 UI, the Rezound initially will be Android 2.3.4-based, although Verizon Wireless ensures that an Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) update is on the way and will be available by early 2012.

Purchasing the HTC Rezound will be possible via Verizon Wireless contracts only by November 14, at a price of US$299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement. No word on availability in other countries at this point.

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