It’s almost March 25th, the magical day when HTC will be unveiling its 2014 flagship smartphone, the All New HTC One. The smartphone will be unveiled at concurrent events taking place in London and New York City. While we’ve seen about all there is to see about the upcoming device, a little unknown nugget of truth has slipped out today, in the form of a press release from U.K. retailer Carphone Warehouse. It turns out that the New HTC One – or M8 if you will – will be available for purchase immediately following its unveiling. Talk about a quick release!
The new HTC One will only be available in six Carphone Warehouse locations in London, including Westfield Stratford, Westfield White City, Oxford Circus, Centrepoint and Tottenham Court Road stores, as well as the Carphone location in Selfridge’s. Pricing has yet to be detailed, but we can expect the device to come with a price point on par with other high-end smartphones. No word has been given when the new HTC One will make its way to the U.S. or other parts of Europe, but it’d be hard to imagine HTC would wait too long to release stock to retailers.
Press release follows below.
All new HTC One available from Carphone Warehouse from 25th March announcement day
March 18th, 2014
London, 18.03.14: In a retail first move, Carphone Warehouse has revealed that the new HTC One (M8) handset will be available from selected stores from around 4pm on Tuesday 25th March – just minutes after it is officially announced.
The new HTC flagship device will be officially unveiled by the manufacturer at special events in London and New York earlier that afternoon. Shortly after, the new HTC One (M8) handsets will be transported directly from the venue of the launch announcement to six Carphone Warehouse stores in London. Westfield Stratford, Westfield White City, Oxford Circus, Centrepoint and Tottenham Court Road stores will all be hosting special events celebrating the HTC launch with entertainment and giveaways as well as the first chance for customers to get their hands on the new device. Carphone Warehouse at Selfridges will also be stocking the handset from the same time.
Full information including videos of the new handset will be shared on http://www.carphonewarehouse.com and customers will be able to order the HTC One (M8) over the phone from the same afternoon, before it is available from all 770 Carphone Warehouse stores and to order online shortly afterwards.
A Carphone Warehouse spokesperson comments, “The HTC One is an award winning handset that set the bar for design during 2013 and made many sit up and take notice – the new HTC One M8 is likely to continue that trend and will cement HTC’s future as a heavy-hitting smartphone manufacturer. We know how keen customers are to get hold of the latest tech as soon as possible and that is why we are so excited to be able to offer the new HTC One so quickly after it is unveiled.”
Customers can pre-register their interest in the new HTC One (M8) now at http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/help-support/advice-and-news/news/launchpad-rumours/htc-rumours