TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC will release a developer edition of its flagship HTC One smartphone, which will ship SIM and bootloader unlocked.
Seemingly trying to win over fans following the news that it delayed the release of the HTC One, the company announced on Tuesday that its developer edition smartphone will soon be released in the US for $649. There's no word on whether a UK release is on the cards, but we've contacted HTC for more information.
HTC said on its blog, "What could be better than the HTC One; an all-metal phone with 64GB of memory and a 1080p Full HD screen? How about the same phone shipped SIM and bootloader unlocked?"
"Introducing the HTC One Developer Edition, the most powerful smartphone HTC has delivered specifically for our developer community."
The HTC One developer edition, which will ship in limited quantities, features 64GB of internal storage along with open APIs for Bluetooth Low Energy and Infrared.
As you'd expect, beyond that the HTC One's specifications remain pretty much untouched. It will ship with the same 4.7in HD 1080p screen as the company's retail model, along with the same quad-core 1.7GHz processor and HTC Sense 5.0, which sits atop Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.
There's also 2GB of RAM, a 4MP Ultrapixel rear-facing camera, a 2.1MP front-facing camera, integrated Beats Audio technology, dual speakers and a 2,300mAh battery.
While that all sounds well and good, pushing back the release of the HTC One could cost HTC, since the Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to arrive on store shelves before the end of the month.
Check out our HTC One review. µ