HTC has joined Verizon to announce the HTC Rezound, the first U.S. phone with Beats Audio built-into the device.

With its dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 4.3-inch LCD screen, 720p display, and an 8 Megapixel camera with LED flash, the Rezound is an impressive phone. However, that’s not enough to keep people happy in a sea of super phones; access to Verizon 4G LTE network might do the trick, however.

HTC pitches the Rezound as the first American phone to be integrated with Beats Audio, meaning it has hardware and software optimizations made to provide clearer voice calls and richer music and video experiences. A pair of “lightweight Beats headphones” were made specifically for the device. That sounds great but based on what people have previously said about the big investment that HTC has made into Beats Audio, it might not be as big a selling point as HTC thinks.

The Rezound goes on sale November 14 at Best Buy and Verizon stores. It retails for $ 299.99 on a two-year contract. Here are the specs.

  • Mobile Hotspot capability: share 4G connection with up to ten Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Operating System: Android 2.3™ (Gingerbread) with latest HTC Sense – An upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will available in early 2012
  • Internal Memory: 16 GB on-board memory, 1 GB DDR2 RAM
  • Memory Card: 16 GB MicroSD™ pre-installed
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth®: 3.0 – support for headset, hands-free, stereo, phonebook access and object push for vCard and vCalendar
  • Battery: 1,620 mAh
  • Special Features: HDMI (through MHL), G-sensor, Light sensor, Compass, Proximity sensor, MicroUSB, USIM/CSIM/ISIM, audio jack and Wireless Charging capable
  • Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM8660 1.5GHz, Qualcomm® MDM9600
  • Dimensions: 129 x 65.5 x 13.65 mm

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