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HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition shipping in 2-3 weeks (Update)

After accidentally letting the cat out of the bag a bit earlier, HTC has now confirmed the Google Play Edition of the HTC One (M8) will arrive in the coming weeks.
March 26, 2014
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Update: The HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition is now listed in the Play Store as “leaving warehouse in 2-3 weeks”. You can order it now for $699. The device is compatible in the US with AT&T and T-Mobile networks.

The HTC One (M8) is now official, bringing us a gorgeous new handset with greatly improved specs and several new software features as well. But what if you’re not into the idea of Sense, and would prefer a stock Android experience? Thankfully, that’s where the Google Play Edition of the HTC One (M8) comes into play.

After unintentionally letting the cat out of the bag earlier thanks to a Google Play app listing, HTC has now officially confirmed that the GPe version of the handset should arrive to the Google Play store “within the coming weeks”. For those interested in getting the GPe model as soon as possible, you’ll be happy to know that it will be available for pre-order today, price at $699.

Aside from running stock Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the HTC One (M8) GPe should be identical to the standard model M8. That means you’ll get a 5-inch LCD3 display with a 1080p resolution, a 2.3GHz quad-core Anapdragon 801 CPU with 2GB of RAM, a 2600 mAh battery, and HTC’s new Duo camera. There’s also improvements to the front-facing boomsound speakers.

For more details on what to expect from the HTC One (M8) GPe, be sure to check out our detailed HTC M8 coverage. Just keep in mind that the Sense 6.0 software features won’t be available for the GPe model.

What do you think, interested in picking up the HTC One (M8) GPe or would you rather get the standard version of the handset?