by Chris Smith, 8 months ago
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HTC announced their 2013 flagship smartphone, the One, on Febrary 19th. That's less than a month ago. According to Focus Taiwan, the company wanted to launch the device in their home market today, but the launch had to be postponed until the 7th. That's this Thursday. Why was the launch delayed? We don't know.
Strangely enough, when HTC unveiled the One, they said it would be available in 32 GB and 64 GB configurations. The One that's meant for Taiwan will have just 16 GB of on-board storage. Why? Again, we don't know, but it probably has something to do with cost.
When will the HTC One reach your respective country? Oh boy, that's a tough one. If you want to wait until your operator offers it, then you could be looking at April or even May. If you want to import one from a site like Expansys, then you could probably have yours by the end of March. It really depends on what channels you prefer going through.
Should you even buy the One? We feel that you owe it to yourself to wait until the 14th to see what Samsung does with the Galaxy S4. Then, and only then, will you be able to make a fair comparison between what are arguably the two most important Android smartphones that are going to be released during the first half of this year.
What's going to happen during the second half of the year? We're looking at the Note III, the next Nexus, the first real Motorola phone from Google, and as much as it hurts to say this, an upgraded version of the One. Similar to how the One X got refreshed as the One X+ in 2012, we expect the same thing to happen this year.