Verizon has an upcoming mid-range Android smartphone from HTC–and it’s possible that the phone may be carrying Beats by Dr. Dre technology.
A Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) list allegedly from Verizon Wireless found its way to Droid Life and showed the HTC Rhyme with a price tag of US$200.
Very little is currently known about the HTC Rhyme. The MAP list shows it with model number ADR6330, which seems close to the model number of the HTC Merge (ADR6325) and the HTC DROID Incredible 2 (ADR6350).
This device might share the appearance of either of the two aforementioned devices, although it is tough to tell for now.
Also, the HTC Rhyme’s price on the MAP list seems to suggest that it’s a mid-range Android device.
Others speculate that it could be Verizon’s rebrand of the upcoming HTC Bliss rumored to arrive on Verizon on September 29. The HTC Bliss is a mid-range Android phone especially designed for female users.
The HTC Bliss is also said to come with an 800-MHz processor, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, and HTC Sense 3.5.
Word is getting around that the HTC Rhyme’s name suggests of Beats by Dr. Dre technology. HTC recently announced its partnership with Beats by Dr. Dre, so it is possible for the HTC Rhyme to be one of the first–if not the first–to carry the first fruits of the partnership.
But, then again, reading Beats in the upcoming HTC device’s name may be just our imagination running wild. So, don’t take our word for it.
Verizon or HTC has yet to make official pronouncements regarding the HTC Rhyme.
Although the HTC Rhyme/HTC Bliss is a mid-range Android devices, would you get yourself one if it came with Beats technology?
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I’ve been thinking for a while that there should be more ‘audio focused’ smartphones around. Sony Ericsson’s old walkman phones are still pretty popular and gaming and photography are already well-covered in Android devices. So many users rely on their Android device to be their media-player too, but audio quality is pretty basic on most, and none have made music the focus of the device to date. You can keep your 3D screens, but please bring us wide audio frequency ranges (sub-bass friendly), advanced EQ, and speakers which aren’t underneath where your fingers would be when holding the device. A decent set of headphones would be a nice addition (having had to fork out an extra £80 for AKG Quincy Jones in-ears, along with some Comply foam tips to get even a half-decent sound out of my Samsung Nexus S).
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does anyone know how much the phone will be without re newing the contract?