Yesterday HTC’s 2014 flagship was formally announced. Customers can already buy The All New HTC One M8 from major U.S. carriers such as Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. T-Mobile is going to start selling it next month. HTC itself has started selling the flagship’s Developer Edition variant. Next up is the HTC One M8 Google Play Edition. Its product page surfaced yesterday and now it is available for purchase, though there is one small caveat.
Even though customers can head on over to the Google Play Store right now to buy HTC One M8 Google Play Edition, they won’t receive it immediately. Instead, customers can only pay $699 for the device right now and wait for shipments to being. The store shows estimated shipment time ranging between 2-3 weeks. The Google Play Edition will work on AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S. Outside the country, its compatible with GSM and HSPA+ networks.
The best part about HTC One M8 GPE is that it offers an unadulterated Android experience. HTC hasn’t fiddled with the core OS in any way, its exactly the way Google wants it to be. Other than that, GPE devices are always next in line for major updates after they’re rolled out to Nexus devices, so there’s that advantage. Plus its the perfect choice for someone looking for an off-contract, without bloatware phone that they don’t mind paying $699 for.