HTC One developer edition coming to the US in limited quantities
Despite the news yesterday that HTC is going to have a tough time producing enough of their latest flagship phone to meet global demands HTC has announced, by way of their blog, that a developer version of the One will be offered in limited quantity to residents in the United States.
The model offered is in silver and will come with 64 GB of internal storage, but the most noteworthy items here are that the SIM and bootloader will be factory unlocked. Also included are the open API’s for Bluetooth Low Energy and the IR port and we would love to see what uses developers come up with that uses the different services. Here’s a detailed list of the overall specs you will get with your purchase.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor
- 2 GB RAM
- 64 GB of storage
- SIM and bootloader unlocked
- Open APIs for Bluetooth Low Energy, Infrared, and more
- Front-facing stereo speakers
- Two dual-membrane microphones for recording
- Multiple frequency compatibility:
- HSPA/WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 MHz
- GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- LTE: 700/850/AWS/1900 MHz (US)
It is important to note that HSPA+ support for T-Mobile is not listed for this model, but it will work with T-Mobile’s LTE network should you be fortunate enough to have it active in your area. T-Mobile is in the process of rolling out LTE across the nation, but there is no guarantee that the pace will be in line with your expectations of the service in your area. This announcement is good news for developers in the US, but leaves those in other markets at the mercy of the community to unlock the commercial version before other talented developers can begin to create with the HTC One. We like that HTC is willing to offer a way to appeal to the developer community in a way other than the unlock tool through the HTC Dev portal which will null the warranty.