What a couple of days seemed to be just a rumor, now it was confirmed: the HTC One Google Edition release date and price were officially revealed, and, just like it happens with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition, the flagship smartphone of the Taiwan-based company will run stock Android, bringing the Nexus experience and will be in the first wave of devices that receive the latest Android software updates.
After Samsung Galaxy S4, which also received a
Nexus edition Google Edition, HTC is the second flagship smartphone of 2013 that received preferential treatment from Google, thus becoming an additional option to the Nexus line-up, aiming to attract the customers who want the stock Android experience and fast firmware updates.
Still, there are also some bad news if you are reading this from outside the US. Just like it happens with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition, the HTC One Google Edition will be sold exclusively through Google Play Store in US. There were also some rumors saying that there will only be 50,000 HTC One Google Edition units available, thus if you want to grab one you will have to hurry.
The Google Edition (Nexus User Experience) variant of the HTC One will lose some of the features of the original HTC One. Because there are no software modules in the Android code for the HTC Sense 5 functions, HTC One Google Edition will not come with Beats Audio, FM tunner, IR blaster, or the special features of the camera, like ZOE. Moreover, the smartphone will only be available for purchase with 32 GB of internal storage and it will not be compatible 4G LTE networks in Europe.
HTC One Google Edition release date was set for June 26h, when it will become available for purchase in Google Play Store. The HTC One Google Edition will be $50 cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition, having a price tag of $599.
HTC One Google Edition will borrow the hardware platform the of HTC One running Sense 5, therefore the smartphone sports a 4.7-inch Super LCD3 display with a resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels and Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection.
The smartphone will come pre-loaded with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and just like the original HTC One, it is underpinned by a Snapdragon 600 chipset based on four Krait 300 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz and Adreno 320 GPU. The HTC One Google Edition specs list also includes 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage (microSD cards are not supported) and connectivity features like LTE: 700/850/AWS/1900 MHz (US), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC chip, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, and 3.5 mm audio jack.
HTC One Google Edition has a front-facing 2.1 megapixel camera with full HD video recording support, while the back of the aluminium case accomodates a 4 megapixel sensor with UltraPixel technology packing autofocus, LED flash, 1/3” sensor size, 2µm pixel size, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, optical image stabilization, and 1080p@30p video recording capabilities.
Just like the flagship device announced by the Taiwanese company in February, HTC One Google Edition is 137.4 tall, 68.2 mm wide, and 9.3 mm thin, weighs 143 grams, and comes with a non-removable Li-Po 2300 mAh battery.
A couple of days ago we have introduced you to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition vs HTC One battle which was won by the flagship device of the South Korean phone maker, but will the SGS4 Google Edition be able to win against the HTC One Google Edition, too. Feel free to return to Android Geeks in a couple of days when we will put the two terminals in a head-to-head battle. Meanwhile, share your opinions about the HTC One Google Edition with us in the comments section below.