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The lineup of 4G LTE-enabled handsets has earned a new member with the launch of the HTC Rezound which is a hefty phone that runs on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. On top of that is the manufacturer’s Sense 3.5 user interface and HTC has promised that the device will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich in the beginning of next year. Out of all the 4G LTE-capable devices, this one is probably the bulkiest, measuring 5.08 x 2.58 x 0.54 inches and weighing a hefty 5.78 ounces.
Just like the Droid Incredible, the insides of the Rezound are red and complement the device’s red & black coloring. The highlight of this model would have to be its excellent 4.3-inch Super LCD display that has a 1,280 x 720-pixel resolution (720p HD). The text and images are very smooth, offering vivid colors and great clarity. This capacitive touchscreen manages to be very responsive at all times thanks to the implementation of a powerful dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor rated at 1.50 GHz. The display is aided by proximity and light sensors, plus it has a built-in accelerometer.
Similar to the HTC Rhyme, the Rezound is running on HTC Sense 3.5 that offers a new lock screen which provides the user with instant access to four favorite apps. Other than that, there’s also a three-dimensional home screen carousel plus more refined widgets.
Below this display you will find the regular touch sensitive controls for the home, menu, back and search functions. Looking on the right side of the smartphone you’ll notice the volume rocker while on the other side resides the microUSB charging port. We should mention that the microUSB port also works as an MHL (Mobile High-definition Link) port which you can hook up to an HDMI adapter. On top of the Rezound is the 3.5mm jack while on the front there’s a 2 mpx camera located in the upper-right corner of the display.
The phone comes bundled with a pair of Monster Beats in-ear headphones and also a software button that toggles on/off a sound enhancement effect which increases the volume, deepens the bass, offering fuller and rounder sounds.
The eight megapixel camera located at the back has f/2.2 and 28mm wide-angle lens along with a BSI sensor which can improve the low-light performance. There is also a dual LED flash while the camera has a lot of options. The photo quality is very good, while the fullHD recording capabilities are just as impressive.
The 1,620 mAh battery of the HTC Rezound is rated to last for up to 6 hours and 24 minutes of talk time or up to 261 hours in standby. The digital SAR rating is 0.427 W/kg.