Now that Samsung and Motorola have shown their Android super phone hands for the holiday season, it was only a matter of time before HTC followed suit. After signing a $300 million deal to buy 51% of Beats Electronics back in August, HTC’s first Sense-skinned Gingerbread 2.3 phone with Beats audio is now here. Besides Dre’s thugnanimous blessing, the phone ships with a pair of Beats audio ear buds that automatically toggle a special Beats audio setting on the phone for added oomph. So-called mobile High Definition Link (MHL) connectivity is included as well, allowing customers to watch content from the device on an HDTV while outputting 5.1 surround sound.
Distinguished audio is just the start of the highlight gravy train, though. A 4.3-inch 720p HD screen, 4G data via Verizon LTE, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage and an additional 16GB microSD card fill out the rest of a top-notch spec sheet. Oh, and we forgot to mention the 2MP front and 8MP rear camera with f/2.2 sensor, capable of recording full 1080p video. HTC says to expect the phone on big red starting November 13th for a cool three Benjamins. Sounds good to us, at least until the next episode arrives.
Buy Now: $299 (Available Nov. 13)