Those hackers and developers in the USA who are keen to get hold of a less restricted edition of the HTC One don’t have long to wait. During the recent Facebook Home event, a HTC spokesperson revealed that the HTC One Developer Edition will be available for pre-order in the next few days and that it will go on sale from April 19th.
The HTC One Developer Edition is identical to its regular counterpart, except that it comes with an unlocked bootloader. The device supports all the 2G/3G/4G/LTE bands needed for use on AT&T. For T-Mobile users the problem is that the HTC One doesn’t support 1700 MHz for HSPA+, however in some cities T-Mobile uses 1900 MHz which is supported by the device. As for LTE, T-Mobile has started its 4G rollout and it is hoped that the HTC One developer edition will work with those bands.
With its unlocked bootloader the Developer Edition can be used for creating and using custom firmware that replaces the version of Android shipped by HTC. It is also unlocked in terms of the SIM card and will work on any supported network across the world, including in Europe.
The HTC One Developer Edition uses the Snapdragon 600 processor, has 2GB of RAM and provides 64GB of storage. It costs $649. Unfortunately for those outside the USA, it will only be shipped to US postcodes, and in limited quantities.
Are you planning on getting a HTC One? Would you choose the Developer Edition over the standard consumer version?