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New HTC Rezound Cases Give Us a Device Glamour Shot, Red Accented Soft Keys on the Way?

I’ve got to admit that I was a little jealous of the Sensation XE when it was announced with red accented soft keys while pictures of the HTC Rezound led us to believe that it might not have them. I don’t know why colored soft keys seem like a nice addition to a device’s exterior, but the just do. We may be in luck though. New renders of the device have started to appear in online shops through listings of official HTC cases that clearly show those spicy red soft keys and a 4G LTE logo.

The current time line we have for a release is looking like November 10. That’s unofficial, but gives us a little bit of a window to look forward to.

Via:  HTCPedia

Cheers NCX!

  • While I’m still going with the G-Nex as my next phone (though I’m impressed with the Razr), I have to admit based off of looks alone, that’s a sexy piece of hardware.

  • Anonymous

    i want a nexus but it doesnt have a sd card slot. “vigor” would be a better choice for me because of the beats headphones and the 32gb card, and i need a big sdcard to hold all my music (i have 15.38 gb and 2217 songs.) this device seems good and i have no problem with sense but i dont know if i could give up ice cream sandwich. 

    i have to decide between my music and ICS.

  • does anyone else think htc styling is just starting to look ghetto? or is it just me?

  • I wish Prime looked this sexy… I would buy this over Prime if it had NFC and 4.0 

  • Anonymous

    This is the Phone!!!!!   Can’t wait.    Bit i wish we had some news on it WTF.

    the biggest, baddest of all three and nothing about it.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    tiny.cc/qcfnd

  • Anonymous

    Shouldn’t this be called the Redzound?

    • LionStone

      Or Redhound … 🙂

  • Anonymous

    tiny.cc/qcfnd

  • Anonymous

    If this has red-backlit capacitive buttons like in that pic, I will definitely buy it.  I think that is awesome.

  • Anonymous

    This looks really nice.  Nexus for me, Rezound for my girl.  

    • MOTOX

      but why? this has better hardware and its red… thats more manly than silver… to me…plus it has beats…

      • Anonymous

        It is a nice phone, but I want an ice cream sandwich.

      • LionStone

        Red is more manly? To me, the Rezound red is a little too bright for my taste…seems to be geared toward younger crowd. Kind of like a fashion statement or something. I do like the beats integration, but the many new features of the Nexus outweighs the beats for me. Besides I already have a pair of beats Studio anyway 🙂

      • Anonymous

        im almost considering this phone over the nexus for those beats heaphones and 32gb sd card. the nexus doesnt even have an sd card slot, and i need a lot of removable storage for all my music.

  • Kierra

    I have no idea why ppl hate newblur but love sense. Razr or GNex, this isnt even in the convo. 

    • Billy Jenkins

      I never used blur. The last and only Motorola android phone I ever used was the OG Droid which was stock. then I upgraded to a 4g HTC phone with Sense. So idk why people hate blur but this reply probably didn’t answer your question in any way.

  • Red is more dim than white. They’ll be harder to see in bright light, not that you don’t memorize them after a while anyway. 

    • Anonymous

      I think the white ones on my Droid Incredible are way too bright.  In the daytime, I don’t need the lighting at all.  At night, when I lie in bed in the dark and read Twitter, they’re like LED flashlights shining in my eyes.  I would prefer red (or even blue/orange/purple/anything but white).

      • LionStone

        Agreed…if I were to go with this (unlikely though), I would welcome the red soft keys. I also have to turn my brightness all the way down at night.

  • hatethanet

    Let’s look at the recent track records:
    -HTC: Mediocre hardware and horrible software updates with the Thunderbolt.
    -Motorola: Delaying the Bionic so long until it was essentially stillborn.
    -Samsung: Releasing one of the greatest Android phones to date in the Galaxy S II.

    Samsung has it, imo.

    • MOTOX

      yeah but this has better hardware than the two actually…and once it gets ice cream which it definitely should….it will be beats…by the way..it comes with beats so…

    • Anonymous

      Not the greatest android phone. actually the worse android phone with the greatest android software. That samsung is gross. Piece of plastic crap. but the ICS is the nicest thing i have ever seen.

  • Anonymous

    tiny.cc/qcfnd

  • Billy Jenkins

    The day is almost over and still no recent news on the Ice Cream Sandwich update. I’m getting nervous.

  • Anonymous

    I will say it again, thank goodness for Android. Everyone will share a similar experience in flavors to their liking running Android across dozens of platforms . The poor saps at the fruit company just don’t understand, one size does not fit all.

  • Xcution25

    Google really messes up with this barebones approach to the nexus. I think the galaxy nexus should have come with the leaked specs of the galaxy s3 and the s3 be made with the quad- core we’re all waiting for next year .

    • What do you think about the phone in this article? 😉

      • Anonymous

        Oh!  My bad its awesome sauce.  But I’m on att with an Inspire 4g the only phone akin to this I have to look forward to is att’s variant of the htc raider, but I hope they upgrade the screen to hd with beats audio to rival this phone

  • Anonymous

    it looks ugly.

  • Vaporware

    Who wants to take bets that both this and the Razr out sell the Galaxy S II Nexus on Verizon?

    • Anonymous

      I’ll be honest, I like the galaxy nexus but I am leaning towards the razr more and more. Lack of sd support is a huge mistake. Ice cream sandwich will be had by everyone, so that is not a selling point to me. Considering the community, and locked won’t be a problem either.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, this.  No SD and forcing us to use the cloud (data usage) after Verizon went to tiered data plans?  What the hell were they thinking?  Like I really want to stream/download all my music, videos, etc. or tether with a data cable and push it all to the phone, when I could just pop in an SD card and play?

        Google has lost their collective mind if they think I want a phone with no SD card.

  • Too much bezel.. too much going on in the back it just looks disorganized.

  • Oh..my….god….I just came 5 times looking at this….

  • man too many choices for that one day!!!!

  • cleetus

    I hope they don’t get rid of the soft keys. Having some with and some without Brings more options to the best os. Ill drink to more choices.

  • Skinja

    The Red keys on the front look nice. The Red back is too much.

    The Rezound is a world phone. Which makes it much more functional to me. Jesus, why couldnt the Gnex be a world phone?  I can’t stand all the bloatware and crap on most phones.

    HTC, want to steal the spot light? Release the Rezound with an unlocked bootloader and a vanilla google OS. No bloatware. HTC would then have one hellova phone even if it is still rocking gingerbread for the time being.

    • MOTOX

      you do know this is a picture with the case on… the back is actually a nice diagonal line design in gray… with just a red camera ring around the camera lens…

    • Anonymous

      the back is not red. its a case, idiot.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like an Incredible…

  • Anonymous
  • I’m not just saying this because of how slick ICS is but that glass look has been played for a while.  HTC should take a look at xda forums and check out peoples screenies and see what we all actually like!

  • Seeing I cs in the pure phone makes this phone obsolete to me same with the razor

  • Anonymous

    how does this even work with ICS? what happens to the buttons?

    • Anonymous

      same thing that happens with the nexus s. It uses the buttons instead of having the software buttons like the new nexus.

      • Anonymous

        Oh. So there is a chance for some current phones…

  • MOTOX

    put some ics on it pls, and its a sure win…

  • Anonymous

    Bring me Vigor!! (refuse to call it rezound)

    • Billy Jenkins

      or how about the Thunderbolt 2?

      • Anonymous

        NEVER!! 

    • Anonymous

      I second this!

      • Anonymous

        I third your second!

  • blue horseshoe loves…

    wow…looks like a pimped out DInc [1] (and i meant that in a bad way).

  • church_pants45

    Tired of htc all their devices look the same ,

    • Anonymous

      atleast they look good

      • LiterofCola

        this is good?

        • Anonymous

          yes , it is!!!

        • Anonymous

          No. It’s great!

    • Vaporware

       And Samsungs don’t? Perhaps lasik is in your future….

    • Anonymous

      While I agree, I think that shows some loyalty to their customer base. I prefer the metal ruggedness that moto offers but that is just me. Others like the samsung Appleesque look. Htc has their own look. I think of them as soap bar looks. The tbolt even has the thickness. Ha!

  • MOTOX

    about the sotfkeys… they dont get in the way… they aren’t on the screen… basically for ics… you will have that whole screen…on the galaxy nexus its basically the same thing… you lose the .3 inches to the on screen buttons… i think its also cool these are in red… and it will be updated to ics so…

    • Slakker

      dont count ontheupdate to ics htc sense ui is ubercomplicated and therelease a statment that it willbe a longslow process toudate to ics.

  • Anonymous

    Nobody cares, I’m never buying an HTC phone again after owning that TBolt  that HTC could care less about fixing.

    • HTC Blows

      Me too. My next phone will not be from HTC.

      • JC

        Same here. If I have to root and use custom ROMs to fix a company’s mistake then it’s failed product.

    • Anonymous

      What needs fixing. Mine works fine.

      • Q

        My buddy doesnt get VM notifications on his.. I set him up with Google Voice today, but a having a smartphone that doesnt tell you there’s a VM is pretty lame these days.  My Nokia 5190 told me when I had a VM.

        • Anonymous

          Voicemail notifications are fixed in the custom roms. No need for Google voice…

        • LionStone

          Good friend to do that for him. Since I solely use GV (have never lost one vm) and been using it exclusively since available pretty much, I am glad my native vm does not work. Even though I have the default setting disabled and GV enabled, I would still occasionally get a double vm notification and now I don’t which is better to me.

    • Q

      AAgreed.  After my HTC Touch Pro 2 and the Thunderbolt, Im done with HTC for good.

      After seeing the new Nexus, RAZR, and owning the Bionic, Ill take Moto or Samsung over HTC any day

      • Anonymous

        Moto is the way to go. Samsung is the second choice.

        • *looks at Atrix 2 and then at Galaxy S II*

          …. I mean the Razr is cool, but I would still rather have a GS II then a Razr

          • Anonymous

            I rather have moto devices. Moto proved it with the razor that they build the best devices.

    • Anonymous

      I agree that HTC abandoned this phone and its BS, but I gave up on OTA updates a looooong time ago and rooted and ROM’d my phone. It runs like it should have from the beginning on CM7.1.1, couldn’t be happier. I will be buying the SGN though 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Sharp phone! Love the red accents. This phone is definately still in the running for my dollars. First gen ICS scares the carp outta me. Bugs galore and what are you gonna do? Go back to GB without buttons?? GB is a mature sys whereas ICS will be not be. Razr is locked down tight..forget that nonsense. It’s either between this bad boy or the Nexus…..

    • Anonymous

      The razor has it all but ICS and it will come in january.

      • Anonymous

        The razor has NFC, an HD screen and a removable battery? Must have missed that part of the show.

        • Anonymous

          Hd consumes a lot of battery.

  • MOTOX

    Omg, from the thunderbolt, this is going to be an epic win…especially when they load up ics… with a 1.5 ghz dual core… lte, beats, nice soft keys, and design… this is a win for me… 

  • Guttatae22

    I’m sorry I was a fan of HTC but the thunderbolt I have now made me hate it imma try the Razr out and see how it is

    • Anonymous

      Yes since you obviously don’t root and rom the Razr would probably be a good phone for you.

      In the meantime for shits and giggles why don’t you root your Bolt and load Das Bamf “Touch My Bamf”. You might come to find you like the phone!

      Then when you see how much you like roms you may decide to go with the Nexus instead.

      • strizzle843

        He’s not lying to you

    • I really cannot blame those that now hate the Thunderbolt.  From the stock point of view it has been a fiasco.

      But from a Root standpoint, its a masterpiece.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah I had the tb and it was a joke how poorly verizon and htc handled it. Could have been a great phone if they got updates out in a timely manner.

  • Ugly…

    • Anonymous

      its a case….

  • Anonymous

    i wasnt planning to buy this phone anymore since i saw the nexus, but i really dont like what they did with this phone.

    • LionStone

      I really like this phone, but the Nexus just blew it out of the water too. Plus I reeally admire the innovative curved design and ICS is so deep and rich. It’ll be nice to have it out of the box. I will be eating an Ice Cream Sandwich when I go to pick up the Nexus 🙂

  • Jaime Ramirez

    wowo all the phone noveber 10???? i think prime coming out 3rd i hope so got the day off 

    • Anonymous

       I’m pretty sure GNex will come out only on the 10th, if not later

      • Anonymous

        DONT SAY THAT 🙁

  • Foamposite0o1

    This is really going to compete with the nexus and razr? I just dont see it

    • Anonymous

      it has a higher ghz then both so it should be an even competition

      • Anonymous

         It is 1.5 Ghz dual core with 720p HD screen.

        • Anonymous

          ^exactly. the others are both 1.2 ghz.

          • Yea but the others are also based off the a9 archetecture and the qualcomm one isn’t…so the oma will have better performance and battery

          • MOTOX

            go to the qualcomm site… it out performs the regular dual cores based on a9…

          • Yea it doesnt tho that’s the problem

  • Anonymous

    Too bad softkeys are going “bye bye” thanks to ICS!

    • cookiees

      Agreed, totally ready to move away from them. They stick out like a sore thumb when the phone and screen are off, stay lit when unneeded, and get in the way. Though I couldn’t imagine buying a phone without ICS now stock. It would seem pointless since you would constantly be wondering when an if it’ll be updated. I hate to say it.

  • Anonymous

    I love HTC phones and Sense UI. the only worthy replacement would be Nexus at the moment however.
    Sense 3.5 is sooo yesterday’s news!

  • Bionicman

    wait so is that a case or not? cause it looks like a case

  • This so needs to be the Incredible HD/3. Seriously “Rezound”? What the shit?

  • Jefferz0087

    looks like every other HTC phone…

  • Bear0013

    The red back backing in this looks like the axe ball scrubber lol……..listen to music while scrubbing ur balls with htc integrated with beats audio ….water proof will vary lol

    • Anonymous

      AWESOME!

  • Anonymous

    The back doesn’t look very nice, but the front is kind of sexy.  If the Nexus wasn’t coming out, I’d probably go after this.

    • MOTOX

      thats a case….

      • Anonymous

        I know it’s a case heh, the back is black rubber. 

  • Jason Purp

    How about NO soft keys. I like that more.

    Get us the full retail price of the Galaxy Nexus or you’re fired.

    • Jason Purp

      please*

  • Kixofmyg0t

    What does this have to do with the Galaxy Nexus or Ice Cream Sandwich? Only post about those two topics from now on.

    • Try blog over at http://www.nexus_life.com  You might like it there more.

      • Jordan

        if you check out his previous posts from today, i think he is being 100% sarcastic

      • Zeadaplaya

        How many people clicked the link to see if it was a legit site? I did.

    • Andy Christiansen

      haha. that was really funny

  • Anonymous

    htc, put the browser button where the personalized button is.

    • Anonymous

      +100000, it’s been a while since I used a “skin” since I prefer stock, but I could never understand HTCs thing regarding “personalize”. It’s on the dock, it comes up in the menu & settings, also can hold down on the screen to add, how many ways do we need???? That shit used to drive me mad!!!

      • Anonymous

        Yea I know right. You would think three places is enough.

  • Anonymous

    Whats a softkey?

    • shdowman

      Ask your girlfriend….

  • shdowman

    Hey, are they releasing an Incredible 3?

    Oh, wait…should’ve read title…

    • cookiees

      I hate to say the following since HTC is my favorite phone manufacturer, but… HTC is just like Apple in the sense that their phones are almost all identical, just with minor changes. HTC is the king of rebranding something and calling it revolutionary. Yes they are the ones who tend to step the bar up with specs, but design? My Droid Incredible looks nearly identical to any HTC phone. They slap the same camera one with either red or silver trim, then matte black on the back or grey or both, make buttons identical, and speaker pieces almost cloned, across all of their devices. From a profit stand point this is beneficial since they use the least number of unique parts possible (sharing the rest), but from a consumer stand point they look the same.

      • Anonymous

        Yea, i always felt that way just look at htc sensation and htc amaze.

      • Billy Jenkins

        lol HTC is nothing like Apple. Apple releases the same exact phone design and the same features but just updates a few of the features. HTC releases a phone that is sort of identical but usually bigger then the previous or the same size and with a few minor changes and improvements. and as long as HTC has Android every HTC phone will never be the same like Iphone since Android is completely customizeable. But having a skin on the phone will always make make the phones identical for that reason. But nothing like how Iphones are identical. I consider it an insult towards HTC to compare them to a fruit.

  • rjskalet

    i have to admit i absolutely love the nexus but i love my htc phones, and this would be a sweet upgrade to my inc.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I look forward to learning more.

    Samsung, Moto, HTC all in the next month and all with expected ICS ability by early 2012 at a minimum means I will decide in Nov which IS my next device.

    • Anonymous

      NEXUS FTW!! My choice anyway.

  • Jordana

    ugly

  • Nadeem Najib Kizi

    Typo, it’s,”..addition to a device’s exterior, but THEY just do.”

    /Not trying to be a grammar police
    lol

  • I think this phone is dead.

  • Anonymous

    Softkeys = obsolete. j/k The red looks cool though.

  • Jordan

    what an ugly pos

  • Narbz

    looks good