Hope you didn't forget about that HTC One developer version, because pre-orders begin today. The developer version comes with an unlocked bootloader and SIM. This is the 64GB version, and will run you $649. For all the tinkerers out there, having a fully-unlocked version of the HTC One could be a nice little treat. Regular pre-orders for Sprint also begin today, so keep that in mind.
The new HTC One -- which has U.S AT&T pre-orders begin today -- ships with HTC's Sense 5. Older devices will also be able to get in on the action when an update is released, but don't expect all those fancy features to be backwards compatible. Gotta Be Mobile notes that one of those missing features will likely be Sense TV, which allows you to control your TV with your smartphone.
Another possibility is Zoe, which takes advantage (though not serious advantage) of the the One's Ultrapixel camera. Frankly, this isn't very surprising. Software and technology moves forward, and it becomes difficult to look back. If you're going to mourn the loss of Sense TV, feel free to pick up the One, possibly even on Verizon.
Source: Gotta Be Mobile
Focus Taiwan is reporting that HTC will actually be releasing a customized version of the HTC One on Verizon. This customized 5-inch version will supposedly be on sale in the third quarter of this year, which still gives the other providers a nice little head start.
Okay, so, let's take a breath
Technically this is still a rumor, but it's a strong one. At this point it's safe to say that Verizon will have the HTC One. More likely than not there will soon be an official announcement.
Hopefully we'll be able to close the book on this long and sordid tale.
Source: Focus Taiwan
Today is going to be an interesting day.
Remember, AT&T officially begins taking pre-orders for the HTC One today, so you should probably get on that. Verizon pre-orders begin...wait, nevermind.
In other news, today is set to be Facebook's big reveal. They are rumored to be revealing the HTC First, AKA the Facebook Phone of lore. Late today, after the West Coast wakes up, we'll have all the news that's fit to print.
In a fun, if not painfully obvious move, HTC has posted another infographic. This time, they want to show you how awesome the One is. So, yay. It quickly goes over the features using silly anecdotes, because people like that sort of thing. Here it is now, for your viewing pleasure:
The HTC One has been praised for its uni-body design, but that hasn't come without its fair share of problems. Now, for some reason, it appears that the Chinese version of the One will have a removable back. Once the back is removed you'll have access to two SIM card slots and a MicroSD port. The European version of the One, and presumably the North American model, does not have second SIM card slot or a MicroSD port. The plot thickens.
Or doesn't, because that's all there is. It's anyone's guess why the back is removable on the Chinese HTC One, but at least the battery isn't. There'd be rioting in the streets. Check it out:
The release of the HTC One is finally upon us, and different carriers have different plans. Here is a quick roundup of what you can expect from the various HTC One carriers:
AT&T: Pre-orders will begin April 4th for the 32GB model for $199.99 with a two-year contract. AT&T is also the exclusive provider of the 64GB version which will be sold at a later date. Pre-orders through AT&T can also net you a HTC Media Link HD. April 19th is the official release date.
T-Mobile: Will be offering a unique contract-free installment plan starting at $99. Pre-orders through the T-Mobile web site are eligible for a free Car Kit. T-Mobile have not confirmed their release date.
Sprint: Like AT&T, Sprint will be offering the One for $199.99 with contract. They will not carry the 64GB model. The One will release on April 19th.
Verizon: Yeah. Possibly, maybe, in the future. Don't count on it for now.
So there you go. Pick your poison and run with it. It's unclear how much of an advantage AT&T is going to have as the exclusive carrier of the 64GB model and whether or not it's just a timed exclusive.
In a surprisingly candid interview with ComptuerWorld, HTC head of Imaging and Special Projects Symon Whitehorn went into detail over the development of the HTC One camera. The interview touches upon a few interesting points, such as the meaninglessness of high-numbered megapixels in small devices, and the HTC One's stellar performance in low-light conditions.
The HTC One has a surprisingly-low 4 megapixels, but the new Ultrapixel camera makes that fact almost obsolete. This obviously flies in the face of Samsung's Galaxy S4, which will include a 13MP camera. Whitehorn also mentions that the low file-size that the 4MP camera generates is ideal for using in Zoe videos.
Hopefully this interview and the overall positive response to the HTC One's camera continue to dispel the myth that large megapixels make for a better image in a smartphone. They can help, but should not be the only metric in measuring supposed quality.
HTC is apparently going to take another strike at the table market, according to NPD DisplaySearch, a market research firm. HTC's last tablet, the 2011 HTC Flyer and HTC Jetstream, both ran Android, but this new beast is rumored to be in partnership with Microsoft, and will therefore run Windows. Neither company has commented on the rumors.
The tablet is rumored to appear sometime this year, so expect the leaks and rumors to fly at a fast and furious pace. HTC's previous partnerships with Microsoft have proven fruitful, so hopefully this one will also go a long in way in helping HTC get back on their feet. Of course, the HTC One is also doing its part.
Source: Focus Taiwan
Reported as a rumor a short while ago, AT&T has officially announced that it will begin the pre-order process for the HTC on April 4th, with a launch date of April 19th. The 32GB model will go for $199.99, while the 64GB model will run you $299.99. Both include a two-year contract. At this point, it is likely that the HTC One will still beat Samsung's Galaxy S4 to market.
We now have an official release date and pricing. It took quite some time to get to this point, but the waiting is almost over. Prospective buyers can even begin setting up their devices right now. The HTC One has done very well critically, and now it's finally time to see how it resonates with the general public.
Update: Sprint has also announced their launch plans. Spring will begin pre-orders for the 32GB HTC One for $199.99 on April 5th, a day after AT&T. Sprint will officially launch the HTC one on April 19th.