HTC One (M8) Developer Edition available in your choice of Amber Gold or Gunmetal Gray

March 26, 2014
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Aside from the carrier-locked options available for those interested in the HTC One (M8), HTC also announced yesterday that it will release both a Google Play Edition and a Developer Edition. The former is available now on Google Play with an estimated shipping timeframe of 2-3 weeks, while the latter can be yours right directly from HTC’s web store.

So what’s the difference between the two handsets? While both the GPe and Developer Edition are relatively developer friendly, the M8 Developer Edition doesn’t run stock Android and instead favors Sense 6.0 — complete with an unlockable bootloader and without all the carrier bloat you’d get from ‘regular’ versions of the handset.

The handset will set you back $649.99 and is offered in two colors, Amber Gold or Gunmetal Gray. The HTC One M8 Developer Edition is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile for those in the United States, and it should also play nicely with GSM and HSPA+ networks across the globe.

Bottom-line, if you want Sense 6.0 in a developer friendly package, this is probably the handset for you. On the downside, HTC notes that the unlocked bootloader means that certain special offers like their Google Drive promotion may not work with the handset due to “invalid DRM security keys”. For those that simply are looking for a device that is SIM unlocked and free from carrier meddling, HTC is also offering the One M8 in unlocked form in all three color choices.

For more details on the HTC One (M8) Developer Edition, or to pick one up now, you’ll want to head on over to HTC’s website. It’s worth noting that the handset is currently listed as back-ordered, but is estimated to start shipping again around April 3.

Comments

  • AndroidBoss

    When the HTC One (M8) was put next to the previous version the HTC One (M7), I realized that the bottom bezel is even bigger than last years. The phone would look worse without the bezel but they could have made it way smaller. Also dat camera… Phone feels a little rushes to market, kinda the same with S5.

  • MasterMuffin

    Not going to complain about gold this time. Instead, I’ll complain about the naming of the colors! Seriously, gunmetal gray? Why does everyone have to make these ridiculous names for their colors? It’s just gray/grey

    • [S]unjay Burn[s] Red

      It’s a legit color. Just like the V-Moda Crossfade LP which has a gunmetal gray option. It’s a real color and it sounds cool too.

      • MasterMuffin

        Cooler would be if they named it gray #696969 :)

  • Bone

    Gunmetal grey??? Oshhh hope they don’t shoot you when you flash that on the streets.

  • Scott Ricketts

    So it has LTE support as well?

    • [S]unjay Burn[s] Red

      Yes.