Taiwanese manufacturer HTC recently stated – in no uncertain terms – that it had no plans whatsoever for a “vanilla” HTC One, but we all knew it was on the cards.
Yep, the HTC One “with Nexus User Experience” is finally all official and stuff, with a planned release date of June 26 – just under four weeks from now.
A tweet from HTC declares: “The #HTCOne comes in a new flavor: Vanilla! Introducing the new special Google Play edition.”
Interesting to note that no one seems to know what to call these phones. Are they Google (Play) editions? Nexus editions? Or, eh, Nexus User Experiences? You’d think someone might’ve considered the naming convention at some point.
The news is backed up with a post on the HTC blog (where the "Nexus User Experience" moniker is introduced), revealing the price as $599 with support for GSM networks. Sounds like it’ll be US-only for starters, though HTC adds (via twitter): “The special edition of the HTC One has the potential to expand to other markets in the future.”
A few days ago, we were warned – unofficially – that the HTC One Vanilla/Google edition/Nexus edition/with Nexus User Experience (delete as appropriate) would arrive in limited quantities, with as few as 50,000 units.
In any case, it’ll join the vanilla Samsung Galaxy S4 on June 26, with the South Korean phone priced $50 more.
Google has also confirmed that it'll continue releasing custom Nexus hardware, which is nice.