We all knew it was coming, and we already know a lot about it – but in an interesting twist on the “officially announce it, and then wait a couple of weeks” we’re used to with new phones, the HTC One (M8) – a refreshed version of HTC’s flagship handset is apparently now available in six Carphone Warehouse stores… having been driven straight from the venue where they announced it.
The six stores are at Westfield Stratford, Westfield White City, Oxford Circus and Centre Point (down the bottom of Tottenham Court Road). By my reckoning, that makes the White City the closest store to the official launch at Kensington Olympia, and likely the first to get the handsets, if you can’t wait an extra fifteen minutes this afternoon.
In a made-up quote in the press release, an unknown spokesperson claims to have said “Carphone Warehouse is proud to be one of the first to have the new HTC handset in our stores and offer the latest tech to customers as soon as it’s announced.” – because everyone knows that it is the best sort of ‘proud’ when you can achieve it using money alone.
The phone itself isn’t going to be exactly revolutionary – but it is a nice incremental upgrade on last year’s HTC One, sporting a quad-core 2.3ghz Snapdragon CPU, a 5 megapixel front-facing camera (for selfies), and an increase to a 5 inch screen. Perhaps the most intriguing feature is that there’s two rear facing cameras. Speculation is that this is to take either 3D photos, or to enhance normal photos. I guess we’ll find out in a few hours.
The phone will be available – from today at these stores – for £42/month with no upfront costs, or £549.95 if you go for a SIM free version.