HTC has officially presented the new One smartphone in its home country, Taiwan, where the handset is going to be available before the end of this month (like in many other markets). The newsworthy part here is that HTC has unveiled official prices for all three versions of the new device.
So we now know that the HTC One 16GB will cost 19,900 TWD (about $671 or €516). The One 32GB will be priced at 21,900 TWD ($734 or €568), and the One 64GB at 24,900 TWD ($840 or €645). Of course, these prices are only for Taiwan, but they won’t differ too much in other markets.
Is over $800 too expensive for the HTC One 64GB? Not really – at least not if we look at how much Apple is asking for an unlocked iPhone 5 64GB, which costs 28,900 TWD ($975) in Taiwan, and $849 in the US. We also have to mention the fact that iPhone 5 is 6 months old now, and the HTC One comes with newer technology, including a Full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels, 469ppi) and a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor.
In the US, the HTC One will be offered by at least three major carriers: AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. All should sell the new handset for prices starting at $199.99 on contract – with the 64GB version probably going up to $299.99.
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