We’ve been hearing rumblings of an imminent new HTC One for the past weeks, an edition that supposedly eschews HTC’s Sense software for stock Android (think Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Google Edition).

Now, we have tentative confirmation that the device does, indeed, exist, and won’t remain in in the shadows for much longer. A Pocket-lint source said that the device will be made available in the extreme near future. However, quantities available for order will apparently be limited. Very limited.

How few HTC One Google Edition phones does HTC plan to manufacture? As little as 1 percent of One sales so far. Estimating by the global sales figures the company released recently, that’s only 50,000 units. According to the source, HTC wants to test the waters before deciding whether to go ahead with a bigger rollout.

Though it’s important to take this information with a grain of salt, it isn’t implausible that HTC may approach the idea of an unsubsidized phone tepidly. We haven’t heard how much the Sense-less (pun not intended) One might cost, but if it’s anything close to the Galaxy S4 Google Edition’s $649 price point, a majority of consumers will probably be dissuaded from purchasing it, no matter how great stock Android is.

Kyle Wiggers
Kyle Wiggers is an avid writer, web designer, podcaster, and video producer with an acute interest in all things technology. When not reviewing or commentating on gadgets, apps, and videos, he enjoys reading New Yorker feature articles, tinkering with computers, and playing the occasional game of Rock Me Archimedes.
  • mjolnirxz

    I’d like to point out that outside of North America, unsubsidized phones are as normal as subsidized phones

    • Justin Winker

      |I’d like to point out that outside of North America, unsubsidized phones
      |are as normal as subsidized phones *in North America


    • Kyle Wiggers

      But Americans aren’t used to paying that kind of price for a smartphone, and I doubt things will change overnight. I’m not disputing what you say, but the sad reality is that full price Google Edition phones will probably appeal only to a very niche audience.

    • HitokiriX

      I’d like to point out that in North America(US), people flipped the hell out once they found out T-Mobile was charging full prices for phones. I’ve literally had to calm people down. The average consumer has no idea of the full cost of a phone.

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      • Kyle Wiggers


  • TechGuy

    So the HTC is limited by availability and the Samsung Galaxy S4 by only 16Gb of internal memory.

    Welcome to the wonderful world of tech!

    • Justin Winker

      Well, I’m gonna bet the HTC One will be a 32Gb, since that’s the lowest it comes with, but if they sell out within the first few hours, I’m sure HTC will continue with the rollout.

    • HitokiriX

      Without all the additions of TouchWiz, how much space will pure android actually take up?

      • Jared Persinger

        I think about 2 or 3 gb but I’m not 100% sure

        • HitokiriX

          I would definitely be willing to buy it… If I wasn’t going to be heading to Korea in August for a year.

  • Mark

    While I like the concept of ‘Google Experience’ phones, I want to wait and see exactly what shape they take. Based on early descriptions, they sound a lot like non-yalku/takju Gnex devices. Some of those variants don’t even have Jelly Bean yet. Will they get updated promptly and for a reasonable period of time? Will the bootloader really be unlockable? Will they be true pentaband phones and portable across the world? Will there be factory images available? Source code? I BADLY want a vanilla HTC One, but I have too many questions to jump on board right away.

    • Mark

      Thinking about this deeper…

      It would be interesting to know the process HTC/Samsung will take when getting their vanilla ROM’S ready for these devices. Google typically works on the source code for AOSP, then moulds the code into the Nexus until is works. Then AOSP gets released near the same time the OTA’s go out and when the factory images drop.

      So will HTC/Samsung only get to working on this when AOSP drops? If so, then I would expect there will still be at least a month, perhaps three month lag before updates are pushed out. But if Google allows HTC and Samsung to access the AOSP early then the possibility exists that Google Experience devices will get updated nearly at the same time. This would could have far reaching consequences as it would give them a huge head start on development of their carrier branded devices. That could even a competitive advantage, unless everyone else was given access too.

      [/deep thoughts]

  • dandroid13

    Everything HTC is very limited…

  • Look at it like blackberry z10. I do not like it

    • Pradeep Viswanathan R

      you are blind for sure :)

  • gommer strike

    Sales will tell the story, and either vindicate HTC, or scare them into never making a Google Edition phone again.

    Speak with your wallets. If you really care that much about a stock experience, you will buy this phone. Otherwise you will prove that it’s a tiny audience that actually wants nothing but stock.

  • Now that’s a sexy phone!

  • Deepak

    Is Google testing how would non subsidized ‘nexuses’ be sold without actually partnering to make and sell these devices?