The global availability of the HTC One has been officially revealed in a statement, and this comes amid reports and uncertainty about the handset’s shipping across the globe. Even though this announcement doesn’t give any specifics, it confirms a few doubts that we had regarding the smartphone’s launch in many regions around the world.
The device is set to hit markets in Germany, the UK and Taiwan as early as next week, although those eagerly waiting to get their hands on the device in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region will have to bite their nails a little longer, as they can expect it before the end of April. So this constitutes a delay, especially to the US, as it was initially expected to start rolling out by mid-March.
This statement comes from the company’s itself, Android Police reports, and asks customers to be patient. But it also means that HTC is not keeping its promise of rolling out the handset ‘as we reach April,’ at least in some markets. And the ones likely to be hit hardest by this holdup seem to be the US and Asia-Pacific nations.
But the delay for certain markets only implies that it will be met with stiff competition from the Samsung Galaxy S4, which, in addition to slightly trumping most of the specs, has some really eye-catching software features like S Translator and the ability to click photos using a dual camera mode.
So let’s review the flagship smartphone’s features, shall we? For starters, there is a 4.7-inch full HD display and an ‘UltraPixel’ camera. Driving operations will be a quad core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of DDR2 RAM and a choice between 32GB and 64GB of internal storage. In the front, a 2.1MP webcam with a wide-angle lens and HDR capability should make for interesting self portraits.
It can latch onto LTE networks wherever possible and can boast of Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi, in addition to being DLNA certified and NFC capable. Running on Android Jelly Bean with Sense 5 for an enhancement, the phone delivers a new kind of experience in BlinkFeed. This allows users to stay updated with the latest goings-on right from their home screen, much like the appeal of Window Phone 8.
So what we know is that the HTC One will be coming to more markets next week, but will continue to give people the blues in other regions.