HTC has scheduled a press event on Nov. 3 where it will release its latest Verizon smartphone, the HTC Rezound, aka the HTC Vigor, aka the HTC Thunderbolt 2, aka the phone that has had more names than P.Diddy...and the Galaxy Nexus Prime, for that matter.
The HTC Rezound is scheduled for a release date in Verizon Wireless stores the following Thursday, Nov. 10 for a rumored price of $250, if it coordinates with other Verizon plans.
The rumored specs for the HTC Rezound include a 4.3-inch 720p HD touch screen, 8-megapixel camera with 2-megapixel front facing camera, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and 4G LTE capabilities. The first phone to combine these high specs, the Rezound will come with Beats audio technology, the visionary product of Dr. Dre.
Similarly, HTC's Sensation XE came integrated with the audio technology and a pair of custom Beats headphones. However, there is no word on whether or not the Rezound will come with free headphones.
HTC's Rezound is expected to run on either Android 2.3.4 or Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. Some sources say it will run on Android's 4.0 OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, which was released on Oct. 18.
The release date of the Rezound on Nov. 10 will overlap with Verizon's release of two other hyped smartphones, the Motorola Droid Razr and Samsung Galaxy Nexus, according to leaked documents from Engadget.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was released on Oct. 18 along with Ice Cream Sandwich as the first smartphone running on the next-generation Android platform. Motorola's Droid Razr will be the world's thinnest 4G LTE smartphone, though it will initially run on Android Gingerbread before an update to Ice Cream Sandwich in 2012.
The release date of the three Verizon-exclusive phones comes just shortly after Apple released its iPhone 4S on Oct. 14, seemingly dominating the smartphone market. AT&T reported that it activated one million iPhone 4S devices, the most successful iPhone launch in the company's history.